Detroit Tigers (73-84) at Texas Rangers (85-72) — 8:05 PM ET
Globe Life Park — Arlington, TX
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny
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When We Last Met
The Detroit Tigers got off to a fast start on Tuesday with a two-run homer for J.D. Martinez as he became the first Detroit outfielder since Magglio Ordonez in 2007 to have 100 or more RBIs. But it was all downhill from there. Daniel Norris, coming off a perfect five-inning start threw more than 50 pitches in the first inning because of ineffectiveness and shaky defense. Manager Brad Ausmus sent him back out their for the second inning, which raised eyebrows, but he was gone before the end of the second inning.
The Tigers continually fought back, but the parade of relievers ultimately allowed the Texas Rangers to take control and win, 7-6.
Matt Boyd (1-5, 6.91) looks to build off the success of his most recent start in what will likely be his final appearance of the 2015 season. Boyd picked up a no-decision, but the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 on Friday. While the stats were a little shaky, Boyd did have a decent outing, giving up four runs (only two earned) on just one hit in a bizarre set of circumstances in one inning.
After a shaky stretch, Boyd seems to be finishing strong, going six innings in each of his last two starts and the Tigers have won each of his last three starts even without earning a victory for their starter. In fact he has not earned a victory as a Tiger since his first start for his new club, back on Aug. 5, including taking a loss when he allowed three runs on five hits in six innings against the Rangers on Aug. 23.
Yovani Gallardo (12-11, 3.42) pitched in the game before that, shutting down Detroit bats in the 5-3 Texas win on Aug. 22. He went six shutout innings in that contest while scattering eight hits. He has been roughed up a bit in his last three games, allowing 10 runs in 14 innings of work. Gallardo is a free agent and could be a dark horse candidate to be recruited to give the middle of the Detroit Tigers’ rotation an upgrade.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
- Anthony Gose-CF
- Rajai Davis-LF
- Ian Kinsler-2B
- J.D. Martinez-DH
- Tyler Collins
- Nick Castellanos-3B
- Alex Aivla-1B
- James McCann-C
- Andrew Romine-SS
- Victor Martinez — Day-to-Day
- Jose Iglesias — Day-to-Day
- Anibal Sanchez –Out for the Season
- Joe Nathan — Out for the Season