Detroit Tigers vs Los Angeles Angels Game 127 Preview, TV, Lineup


Aug 26, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher

Justin Verlander

(35) and catcher

James McCann

(34) celebrate after the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Detroit won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers (60-66) vs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (64-62) — 1:08 PM ET

Comerica Park, Detroit, MI 


Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)

Weather: 69 degrees, mostly cloudy

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When We Last Met

Has Justin Verlander become Justin Verlander again? Well it has certainly looked like it in his previous six starts that yielded an ERA below 2.00, and it especially looked like it in last night’s start when he went eight innings of no-hit ball. Only a double that hit the chalk for a fair ball in the ninth inning was the only damage the Detroit Tigers’ former (and now current) ace pitcher. Perhaps more importantly, J.V.’s complete game shutout saved us from seeing the bullpen and snapped the team’s five-game losing streak. The Tigers also finally gave him run support, with three homers from Nick Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez.

Pitching Matchup

In his first AL start since 2012 on Saturday, Randy Wolf (0-1, 3.86) pitched admirably,  holding the Texas Rangers to four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He struck out five and limited the damage to go deep into the game after allowing four early runs but picked up the loss in the 5-3 Detroit Tigers’ loss.

The Angels will turn to Trenton, MI-native and Eastern Michigan Graduate (cheers fellow EMU grad) Matt Shoemaker (5-9. 4.76) who is coming off one of his worst games this season, allowing six runs on seven hits in just 1.2 innings on August 15 in Kansas City. After allowing 13 runs over two starts, he was sent to the minors and this will be his first game back. Shoemaker was solid in an earlier game against Detroit, going 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out five in the 4-3 Angels’ victory.

Detroit Tigers Lineup

  1. Ian Kinsler-2B
  2. Tyler Collins-LF
  3. Miguel Cabrera-1B
  4. Victor Martinez-DH
  5. J.D. Martinez-RF
  6. Nick Castellanos-3B
  7. Alex Avila-C
  8. Jose Iglesias-SS
  9. Anthony Gose-CF


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