Detroit Tigers at Cincinnati Reds Game 67: Preview, TV, Lineup


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: 82 degrees, scattered thunderstorms

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Game Preview

The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds conclude their four-game, two-city series as Justin Verlander starts the second game of his season Thursday night looking for his first win of the year. The Tigers will be looking for the split in the series.

When We Last Met

A lengthy rain delay ruined a great pitching matchup between David Price and Johnny Cueto on Wednesday night, throwing the game to the bullpen at 3-2 Tigers’ after a Miguel Cabrera homer before the rains came. The teams traded runs through the rest of the game until Joakim Soria allowed a grand slam to Todd Frazier to help the Reds walk-off with an 8-4 win in 13 innings.

The Tigers are catching a break out Thursday because for unexplainable reasons, Reds manager Bryan Price has decided to give Frazier the day off. Frazier has four home runs the last two days.

Pitching Matchup

Justin Verlander (0-0, 3.60) will look to build upon his last start, the inaugural start of the 2015 season for J.V. He went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and picked up a no-decision in the 5-4 loss to Cleveland last Saturday. Verlander has pitched against the Reds once in his career, picking up a no-decision in a 3-2 Tigers’ win on June 9, 2012, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings.

Mike Leake (3-4, 4.35) has been getting lit up lately, though he did have a brief respite with a pair of games allowing just two runs a piece. He allowed three runs on five hits over five innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and had a three-game stretch from May 16 to 27 in which he allowed 9, 5, and 6 runs. This is his first career start versus Detroit.

Detroit Tigers Lineup

1. Anthony Gose CF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. Yoenis Cespedes LF
5. J.D. Martinez RF
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. Bryan Holaday C
8. Jose Iglesias SS
9. Justin Verlander P


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