Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics Game 46 Preview, TV, Lineup
By Dave Holcomb
Detroit Tigers (26-19) at Oakland Athletics (16-30) – 4:00 PM ET
O.co Coliseum – Oakland, CA
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 60 degrees, mostly cloudy
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The Detroit Tigers will try to rebound from two straight losses at the hands of the Houston Astros on Saturday and Sunday. This is the first game of a seven-day west coast trip for the Tigers, who are trying to regain sole possession of second place and inch closer to the Kansas City Royals.
When We Last Met
This is the first meeting between the Tigers and Athletics this season. Last year, the two teams split a four-game series in Oakland, but the Tigers swept the Athletics in Detroit.
Including the playoffs, Detroit is 18-13 against Oakland dating back to the 2012 season.
Shane Greene will take the ball on Memorial Day against the Athletics. Greene is 4-2 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 34 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings this season.
After a stretch of some really bad starts to begin the month, Greene has bounced back to allow just three runs in his last 19 1/3 innings. That includes a injury-shortened outing in St. Louis where Greene threw five shutout frames. He left due to tingling in his pinkie and ring finger, but luckily, Greene has not felt the tingling since then.
25-year-old right-hander Jesse Hahn will start for the Athletics. He is 1-4 with a 4.43 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings this year.
The Oakland offense and defense hasn’t been much help at times, but the Athletics have won just five games with Hahn on the hill in 2015. Ironically, that was the Kansas City Royals, who hold the best record in the league. Hahn threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings versus the Royals.
In his last four starts, Hahn has allowed 15 runs in 22 2/3 innings.
Miguel Cabrera is getting the day off, so the Tigers lineup is not nearly as deep as it normally is. It could be difficult to score runs.
1. Anthony Gose CF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. J.D. Martinez DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes LF
5. Tyler Collins RF
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. James McCann C
8. Hernan Perez 1B
9. Dixon Machado SS
- Kyle Lobstein — 15-day DL
- Victor Martinez — 15-day DL
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Alex Avila — 15-day DL
- Justin Verlander — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season
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