Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox Game 73: Preview, TV, Lineup
By Dave Holcomb
Detroit Tigers (37-35) at Chicago White Sox (31-40) — 1:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 74 degrees, overcast
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The Detroit Tigers hope to gain some ground in the division as they open up a four-game set with the Chicago White Sox at home this weekend.
When We Last Met
The Tigers and White Sox last met three weeks ago in Chicago. Detroit took two out of three in the series, but the one loss was a heartbreaker as Joakim Soria blew his second save of the year with two outs and nobody on base.
Detroit is 5-4 versus the Chicago White Sox this season and 2-1 at Comerica Park.
Right-hander Alfredo Simon will start for the Tigers, and Detroit is hoping he bounces back from his worst start of the year. Last Saturday, Simon allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings versus the New York Yankees. He also walked three batters and struck out two.
Overall, Simon has been solid this season. He had a start at the end of April where he allowed six runs to the Royals, but other than that and his last start, he has been a pleasant surprise. Simon is 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 58 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings.
Lefty Carlos Rodon will be on the mound for Chicago. The 22-year-old is 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA. His WHIP, however, is very high at 1.59, mostly due to the fact he has walked 28 batters in 50 1/3 innings.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
1. Rajai Davis RF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. Victor Martinez DH
5. Yoenis Cespedes LF
6. J.D. Martinez RF
7. Nick Castellanos 3B
8. James McCann C
9. Jose Iglesias SS
- Kyle Lobstein — 15-day DL
- Alex Avila — 15-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season
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