Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Game 70: Preview, TV, Lineup


Detroit Tigers (35-34) at Cleveland Indians (32-36) — 7:10 PM ET

Progressive Field — Cleveland, OH

TV: FSD, MLB Network

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)

Weather:  81 degrees, partly cloudy

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Game Preview

The Detroit Tigers avoided a sweep in the Bronx by hitting five home runs and beating the Yankees, 14-3, on Sunday. J.D. Martinez hit three of those five home runs.

The Cleveland Indians avoided a sweep as well on Sunday, winning, 1-0, against the Rays on Father’s Day. David Murphy hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to win the game.

When We Last Met

Detroit have dominated the series with Cleveland this season, going 7-2 versus the Tribe. In the last series a week and a half ago, the Tigers outscored the Indians, 16-6, and took two out of three at Comerica Park.

In particular, Miguel Cabrera has hammered Cleveland pitching this year. Over nine games, he is slashing .647/.690/1.147 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 34 at-bats versus the Indians in 2015.

Pitching Matchup

The 23-year-old lefty, Kyle Ryan, will start for the Tigers in this series opener. He has pitched pretty well in his four outings this season, but his last appearance was his worst. Ryan yielded four runs in 6 1/3 innings as he tossed up three home runs to the Reds last week.

Overall, he is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings this season.

The Indians will send another youngster to the mound in 24-year-old Trevor Bauer. He is 6-3 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 81 innings this season.

Bauer threw seven shutout innings versus the Chicago Cubs in his last start although in his outing before that, he allowed six runs in 3 2/3 frames and walked five batters. Walks have been a big problem for Bauer lately; he has walked 15 hitters in his last 24 1/3 innings.

Detroit Tigers Lineup

Notable: Nick Castellanos sits for a third straight day.

  1. Anthony Gose-CF
  2. Ian Kinsler-2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera-1B
  4. Victor Martinez-DH
  5. Yoenis Cespedes-LF
  6. J.D. Martinez-RF
  7. James McCann-C
  8. Andrew Romine-3B
  9. Jose Iglesias-SS


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