Detroit Tigers vs Cleveland Indians Game 62: Preview, TV, Lineup
By Dave Holcomb
Detroit Tigers (32-29) vs Cleveland Indians (28-32) — 4:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 70 degrees, mostly cloudy
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The Detroit Tigers are hosting their first division series in over a month as they face the Cleveland Indians for the first time since late April.
Cleveland is in last place in the AL Central, but they have a 14-9 record since May 19. During that same span, Detroit has nearly the opposite record at 9-13.
Detroit, however, has won four of its last five games and is 6-1 versus Cleveland this season.
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The Tigers continued their dominance over the Indians on Friday due to the play from two stars. Ace pitcher David Price was brilliant, throwing a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts and no walks, and Detroit won, 4-0.
The four runs all came from first baseman Miguel Cabrera. He hit a three-run blast to remember in the sixth and then drove in the last run on a double in the eighth.
In the seven games against the Indians this season, the Tigers have outscored them, 42-35.
Right-hander Justin Verlander will make his long-awaited season debut on Saturday. He looked sharp in his last rehab start, pitching 5 2/3 frames and allowing just one unearned run. He struck out nine batters with his fastball topping out at 94 MPH.
The Indians will send right-handed starter Carlos Carrasco to the mound. He is 7-5 with a 4.35 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings this season.
Carrasco has been solid this season, but he didn’t pitch well in his last outing. The 28-year-old yielded five runs in four innings against the Orioles on Sunday.
The lineup will be posted once released
- Kyle Lobstein — 15-day DL
- Victor Martinez — 15-day DL
- Bruce Rondon — 15-day DL
- Alex Avila — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season
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