Detroit Tigers (59-64) at Cincinnati Reds (51-71) — 7:10 PM ET
Great American Ball Park — Cincinnati, OH
TV: FSD, MLB.TV FREE Game of the Day
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 73 degrees, sunny
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The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds met in what was supposed to be a home-and-home four-game series, but the second game in Cincinnati was rained out on June 18. If that game had been played, it could have featured David Price, Yoenis Cespedes, Joakim Benoit and Johnny Cueto, but all those players have been traded. Instead we get a stirring matchup of Buck Farmer against Keyvuis Sampson.
When We Last Met
The teams split the Detroit portion of their series. Cueto kept the Tigers batters in check until a 3-run homer from Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit a 3-2 advantage. A lengthy rain delay required an exit from Price and Cueto, and the game went to 13 innings, ending on a walk-off grand slam from Todd Frazier against Ian Krol
Get ready to see healthy doses of Buck Farmer (0-2, 8.39) the rest of the season with Daniel Norris and Shane Greene gone for the year and Anibal Sanchez out for at least the next two weeks. Farmer has been okay lately except for his last outing when he allowed three runs in 1.1 innings in a 10-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. He has not started a game since July 31, allowing three runs in 4.1 innings of an 8-7 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Rookie Keyvius Sampson (2-2, 4.43) wasn’t around when these teams played in June, but has had a strong first five games in the league. Though his ERA is over 4 1/2, it was mostly driven off with a rough outing in his last game, allowing four runs on nine hits on 3.1 innings in s 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- Miguel Cabrera-1B
- J.D. Martinez-RF
- Tyler Collins-LF
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Alex Avila-C
- Andrew Romine-SS
- Buck Farmer-P