Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers Game 122 Preview, TV, Lineup
Detroit Tigers (59-62) at Texas Rangers (62-59) — 7:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
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When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers are meeting for the first time this season at Comerica Park this weekend. The two squads have split the first two games of the four-game set. Detroit won behind a masterful pitching performance from Alfredo Simon on Friday, 4-0. On Friday, the Tigers offense disappeared, wasting another strong Justin Verlander outing as Detroit fell, 2-0.
Although there aren’t many Detroit fans who believe the Tigers can still make the playoffs, they are only 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles for the final Wild Card spot. The Rangers are 0.5 games back of the Angels, so these next two games are extremely important for the dwindling Tigers playoff hopes.
Detroit has seen two of its starting pitchers head to the disabled list this week, so the team signed left-handed veteran Randy Wolf, who turns 39 on Saturday. As a birthday present, he will make his debut with the Detroit Tigers. Wolf has not pitched this season, and is 113-120 with a 4.21 ERA in his 17-year career.
Righty Yovani Gallardo will start for the Rangers. He is 9-9 and supports a 3.39 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 93 strikeouts in 143 1/3 innings this season. Gallardo is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his last three outings, and he hasn’t lost a start since July 19.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Tyler Collins-LF
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- Victor Martinez-DH
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- James McCann-C
- Jose Iglesias-SS
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Daniel Norris — 15-day DL
- Anibal Sanchez — 15-day DL
- Kyle Lobstein — 60-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season