Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Game 72: Preview, TV, Lineup


Detroit Tigers (37-34) at Cleveland Indians (32-38) — 12:10 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 hope to continue their winning ways versus the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Detroit will be going for the three-game sweep on the road.

When We Last Met

Detroit has dominated the series with Cleveland this season, going 9-2 versus the Tribe. The Tigers won on Monday, 8-5, and then, 7-3, on Tuesday.

In particular, Miguel Cabrera has hammered Cleveland pitching this year. Over 11 games, he is slashing .619/.673/1.024 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 42 at-bats versus the Indians in 2015. Cabrera picked up an RBI on Monday with a bases-loaded walk.

But manager Brad Ausmus has decided to rest Cabrera on Wednesday. Andrew Romine will play first base while Victor Martinez, and everyone else, has moved up in the order.

Pitching Matchup

The Tigers will have to complete their sweep without Justin Verlander, who has been scratched from Wednesday’s start due to back stiffness.

Right-hander Buck Farmer has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo and will get the ball. Farmer is 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in his one start this season. He went five innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits to the Los Angeles Angels.

Carlos Carrasco will start for the Indians. He has been alright this season with a 8-6 record and 4.35 ERA. He also has a 1.26 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 80 2/3 innings this year.

Carrasco has made two starts versus Detroit this season. He lost the first one in April, yielding five runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. Carrasco, though, won the second one on June 13. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 frames and struck out eight Tigers that day.

Detroit Tigers Lineup

1. Rajai Davis RF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. Victor Martinez DH
4. Yoenis Cespedes LF
5. J.D. Martinez RF
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. Andrew Romine 1B
8. Bryan Holaday C
9. Jose Iglesias SS


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