Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers Game 123 Preview, TV, Lineup
Detroit Tigers (59-63) at Texas Rangers (63-59) — 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. Detroit took the first meeting behind a very strong pitching performance from Alfredo Simon as it looked like the Tigers could climb back into the Wild Card race. But the last two days, the Rangers have won, beating Justin Verlander, 2-0, and newly acquired left-hander Randy Wolf, 5-3 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
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.
Despite pitching just four days ago, left-hander Matt Boyd will start for the Tigers. He went one inning and allowed one run against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. In his last start, Boyd five runs on six hits, including two home runs against the Houston Astros. He is 1-3 with a 7.66 ERA this season.
The Rangers will send left-hander Cole Hamels to the mound on Sunday. In his three starts since bend acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies, Hamels has not pitched well. He is 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA and five home runs allowed. In his last outing, he yielded four walks.
Of course, this is all since Hamels threw a no hitter in his last start with the Phillies on July 25.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
1. Rajai Davis CF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. Victor Martinez DH
5. J.D Martinez RF
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. James McCann C
8. Jose Iglesias SS
9. Tyler Collins LF
- Daniel Norris — 15-day DL
- Anibal Sanchez — 15-day DL
- Kyle Lobstein — 60-day DL
- Joe Nathan – Out for the Season