Detroit Tigers (48-51) at Tampa Bay Rays (50-51) — 7:10 PM ET
Tropicana Field — St. Petersburg, FL
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
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When We Last Met
Anibal Sanchez had a sloppy outing for the Detroit Tigers but was able to minimize the damage to three runs in 5.1 innings in the first game against the Tampa Bay Rays. After having the bats stymied through six innings, the Tigers clawed their way back with runs in the seventh and eighth, but the bullpen did what the bullpen does and snuffed out the emerging hopes in the 5-2 loss.
Could this be David Price‘s last start in a Detroit Tigers’ uniform? If it is it would be fitting that it comes against the only other team he’s played for in his major league career, the Tampa Bay Rays. Also, if it is, the Tigers will have some huge shoes to fill since Price (9-3, 2.31) is one of the main reasons Detroit is not completely out of it heading into August. Although the team has lost the last two starts Price has made they are still 15-5 in his starts this year.
He received a no-decision in his last outing, but should have fared better, going eight innings allowing two runs on five hits and striking out seven Seattle Mariners in an extra innings loss last Thursday. He faced the Rays at Tropicana Field after the trade and was the hard-luck loser in that game, going the distance but was outdueled by former teammate Alex Cobb in the 1-0 defeat.
Jake Odorizzi (5-6, 2.85) has pitched lights out for the Rays most of the season but hasn’t had much run support to show for it. If you take out a six inning shellacking two starts ago, he has allowed just two runs in the other three starts in the four-start period but has only one win to go with a loss and two no-decisions.
Odorizzi was beat up a bit in his lone start against them last year, allowing three runs in 6.2 innings of a 6-0 Detroit victory in St. Pete’s. That was his first career start against the Tigers.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
V Mart DH
JD Mart LF