Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians Game 17 Preview, TV Coverage, Lineup
By Matt Pelc
Detroit Tigers (11-5) vs Cleveland Indians (5-9) – 7:08 PM ET
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
TV: FSD, MLB.TV Free Game of the Day
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 50 degrees, sunny
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The Detroit Tigers look to break out of a three-game slide by continuing their dominance over the Cleveland Indians in recent years when welcoming in their divisional rival to Comerica Park for a three-game weekend series. Since the start of the 2013, Detroit has gone 27-12 against Cleveland, although the dominance has been mostly at Progressive Field. Last year the Tigers barely won the season series at Comerica Park, 5-4.
When We Last Met
Two weeks ago, the Tigers were ruthless in the Indians home opening weekend, winning all three games en route to a 6-0 start. They outscored Cleveland 25-15. Each time the Indians tried to fight back and score runs, the Tigers’ bats would immediately answer.
Shane Greene (3-0, 0.39) has been a great story for the Detroit Tigers early on in the season and allowed his first earned run of the season in his third start the last time out. Though he struggled a bit with control early on Sunday against Chicago, he settled down and was the recipient of nine runs of support. In 23 innings pitched this season Greene has allowed just 12 hits and two runs (one earned) in starting 3-0.
He did not face Cleveland in the first series but picked up a victory against them last year with the Yankees, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings.
Danny Salazar (1-0, 3.00) also missed the Tigers in the first series and made his first appearance of the year with a solid victory against Minnesota, going six innings of two-run, six hit ball.
He started three games against Detroit last year, going 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA. Those two decisions were the first of Salazar’s career against the Tigers, after posting a 3.27 ERA in five starts dating back to his rookie year of 2013.
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Yoenis Cespedes-LF
- Alex Avila-C
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Justin Verlander — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season
- Nick Swisher — 15-day DL
- Zach Walters — 15-day DL
- Gavin Floyd — 60-day DL
- Josh Tomlin — 60-day DL
- Yan Gomes — 60-day DL