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Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians Doubleheader Preview, TV, Lineups

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Detroit Tigers (64-76) at Cleveland Indians (69-70) — 1:10 PM ET

Progressive Field — Cleveland, OH

TV: FSD

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)

Weather: 62 degrees, cloudy

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For the second straight day in a row, the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians were washed out. Which causes quite a problem. While the teams will play a rare tradition double-header Sunday from Progressive Field (instead of the more common day-night, this one will have the second game starting 30 minutes after the first), they will have to make up another game.

With no common off-days the rest of the season, this could prove to be tough to make up. The only likely scenario would probably by Monday after the season ends and the game would be played a day before the wild-card games. However, if the Indians are out of the playoffs by then (a possibility since they are on the fringes currently) it probably won’t be made up and the teams will finish with 161 games instead of the usual 162.

With the type of season the Tigers have experienced, would that be such a bad thing?

Pitching Matchup 

Game 1

Justin Verlander (3-7, 3.43) had another quality start in his last outing, also against these Cleveland Indians, but as has happened often over the last five weeks, the Detroit Tigers’ offense could do absolutely nothing and Verlander’s effort was wasted last Sunday. That game marked the ninth game in a row that Verlander has given the Tigers a quality start, yet he is just 3-4 in that span.

Cody Anderson (3-3, 3.72) opposed Verlander in that game and shutdown the Tigers’ offense, allowing just two hits over seven innings of work in helping his team to the shutout victory that clinched the series in Detroit. The rookie has been sharp since surrendering six run on August 7, allowing just four runs in three games since.

Game 2

Randy Wolf (0-3, 6.55) will head to the mound at Progressive Field for the Detroit Tigers still in search of his first American League victory in three seasons. The Tigers actually won a game he started for the first time, after dropping all three games with Wolf getting the L added to his long career record, when they came back to beat the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at Comerica Park. He lasted just 4.1 innings, however, allowing four runs on eight hits (including allowing two homer). striking out three.

Trevor Bauer (11-11, 4.47), 15 years younger than his opposing pitcher, will head to the mound after what has been a uneven season for the 24-year old. He started the season strong, but has had a tough second half, although he was sharp in his last outing, earning a win by allowing two runs on two hits in seven innings of a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers got the better of him in his one start against them this season, allowing seven runs on nine hits in just three innings at Progressive Field on June 22.

Detroit Tigers Lineup

Game 2 Lineup

Injuries

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