Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox Game 28 Preview, TV, Lineup
By Matt Pelc
Detroit Tigers (17-10) at Chicago White Sox (9-14) – 8:10 PM ET
U.S. Cellular Field — Chicago, IL
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 63 degrees, chance of showers
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When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 and 2-1 lead but starter Shane Greene‘s struggles continued and he allowed four runs in the fourth inning. The Tigers offense could not muster any more attack and they lost the first of three games to the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night.
The amazing start to the season of Alfredo Simon (4-1, 3.13) came crashing back to Earth in his last start, though it is not expected. Every starter in baseball has bad games (see next entry RE: Chris Sale) and Simon is no different. After not allowing more than one run in his previous three starts, the Kansas City Royals torched Simon for six runs on nine hits in just 4.1 innings of work. This will be a good test for Simon to see if he can brush himself off and continue his early season successes or if he regresses to what many thought he would be in the Detroit Tigers’ rotation.
The Tigers always receive a tough draw when Sale (2-1, 5.32) heads to the mound, but it is very rare when the perennial Cy Young candidate has two bad games in a row. He was decimated by the Twins on Thursday, allowing eight runs on nine hits in just three innings. There is no confirmation that Minnesota was using binoculars to steal signs. Sale was sharp against Detroit at Comerica Park, but had plenty of run support, going six innings allowing two runs on four hits in the 12-3 Chicago win.
For the first time this season, Yoenis Cespedes is hitting fifth, dropping struggling J.D. Martinez to sixth. Jose Iglesias is back in the lineup.
- Rajai Davis-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- Yoenis Cespedes-LF
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- James McCann-C
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- Jose Iglesias — Day-to-Day
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Justin Verlander — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season