Tigres de Detroit (53-56) vs Boston Red Sox (49-61) — 7:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 80 degrees, cloudy
It’s Fiesta Tigres day at Comerica Park. The “Tigres” will be honoring the accomplishment of 2006 ALCS MVP Placido Polanco before the game and wearing these special jerseys at right, even though, sadly, Miggy isn’t playing.
When We Last Met
In a series built with favorable matchups, the Detroit Tigers seemingly turning the tide by winning their first series in a month against the AL-leading Kansas City Royals, they promptly dropped the first game of a three-game weekend series with the AL-worst Boston Red Sox. Not only did they struggle, led by Daniel Norris in his first home start as a Tiger, the frustrations boiled over in the dugout of the 7-2 loss with Jose Iglesias and James McCann having to be separated after an ugly argument.
Just another chapter in this flaming turd of a season for Detroit…
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Alfredo Simon (10-6, 4.55) is the today’s probable starter for the Detroit Tigers, but is far from certain to be on the mound come game time. He tweeked his groin the last time he faced the Boston Red Sox and needed to be removed from the game in the seventh inning. In his last start it appeared he may have aggravated it again but stayed in the game. The Tigers were able to reshuffle the rotation with Monday’s off-day to give him another couple days of rest.
He allowed four runs in his last start in Baltimore on June 30, but received a lot of run support to cruise to a 10-6 victory. Five days earlier he seemed to pitch his best game in several months when he held Boston to a run on five hits in six innings of a 5-1 Tigers’ win.
Wade Miley (8-9, 4.55) followed up one of his worst starts of the year (5.2 IP, 10H, 7ER) with one of his best by holding the Tampa Bay Rays to two runs on five hits over 6.2 innings last Sunday. He picked up a no-decision in that contest, a 4-3 Boston defeat. This will be Miley’s first career start against the Tigers.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- James McCann-C
- Jefry Marte-1B
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Alfredo Simon — Day-to-Day
- Miguel Cabrera — 15-day DL
- Kyle Lobstein — 60-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season