Detroit Tigers (34-31) at Cincinnati Reds (29-35) — 7:10 PM ET
Great American Ball Park — Cincinnati, OH
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 79 degrees, scattered thunderstorms
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After splitting two games at Comerica Park in Detroit, the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds take their show south to the Queen City for the first of two games at Great American Ball Park. This game figures to be an intriguing matchup of aces with David Price going to the mound for the Tigers looking for his third straight complete game and Johnny Cueto, perhaps auditioning for Detroit to increase their interest level, going to the Reds.
When We Last Met
Price (6-2, 2.44) was masterful against Cleveland on Friday and, after an uneven start, the lefty really appears to be hitting his groove. In his last five outings, he has not allowed more than two runs. Not only was it a good personal performance for Price, the team seems to play better for him. The Tigers improved to 11-2 in his 13 appearances this season.
Price was masterful in a July game against the Tigers for the Rays last year, which made it even more important for Dave Dombrowski to land the veteran before the trading deadline. With Detroit once again rumored to be looking at adding to their starting pitching depth, Cueto (4-4, 2.85) is a name that comes up often. A pending free agent, he is coming off one of his more uneven outings of the year after allowing four runs on nine hits to the Chicago Cubs, but he struck out nine while picking up a no-decision. This follows a solid outing by holding the San Diego Padres scoreless in seven innings.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Yoenis Cespedes-LF
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- James McCann-C
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- David Price-P
- 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