|DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )|
LA DODGERS ( BECKETT )
|979||DETROIT||-105||Ov 7,-110||-110||Ov 7,-120|
|980||LA DODGERS||-105||Un 7,-110||+100||Un 7,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-2||+0.4||2-2||4.8||0.284||0.320||3.8||0.241||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+1.3||2-3||4.3||0.267||0.308||3.3||0.232||0.290|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-2||+2.2||3-4||4.1||0.256||0.320||3.3||0.201||0.271|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.2||3-4||3.4||0.240||0.292||3.6||0.214||0.277|
|3/31/2014||VERLANDER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||4-3||W||-150||7 un||P||8||6||2||7||8||0|
|4/2/2014||SCHERZER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||2-1||W||-180||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||6||6||0|
|4/8/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||2-3||L||-120||6.5 ov||U||5||3||1||10||7||0|
|4/9/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|4/12/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|4/13/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|3/30/2014||RYU(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||1-3||L||-115||6.5 un||U||4||6||2||5||6||0|
|4/1/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||3-2||W||-140||6.5 un||U||7||7||1||6||7||2|
|4/2/2014||HAREN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||5-1||W||100||7 un||U||9||7||1||6||6||1|
|4/4/2014||RYU(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||4-8||L||-175||7.5 un||O||10||7||2||8||4||1|
|4/5/2014||MAHOLM(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-7||L||+105||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||11||8||0|
|4/6/2014||GREINKE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||6-2||W||-145||6.5 ov||O||7||1||0||8||6||0|
|4/11/2014||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|4/12/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|4/13/2014||HAREN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|4/15/2014||BECKETT(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|DETROIT: DETROIT (AP) - When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.|
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
''We have a new look this year,'' outfielder Torii Hunter said. ''Little bit more speed and we'll miss the big man, but we'll score some runs.''
The ''big man'' is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren't all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
The Tigers also traded right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Lately, the focus has been on right-hander Max Scherzer, who enters his final season before free agency after winning the Cy Young Award in 2013. Negotiations with the Tigers on a long-term deal have stalled.
''They respect where I'm at. I respect where they're at, and we'll revisit this after the season,'' Scherzer said. ''I still want to be in Detroit. I love this clubhouse and everything about it. There's been a history of this team signing free agents so hopefully I'll be a part of that history as well.''
But right now Scherzer's future is uncertain, and with Hunter and Victor Martinez in the final season of their contracts, it's hard to say what Detroit's 2015 roster will look like.
So the Tigers may never have a better chance to win a World Series with this group than right now.
|LA DODGERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers have spent big bucks on their roster, ramping up World Series expectations right along with the payroll. Now they want to produce results.|
They'll get the chance starting Saturday in Australia, where they open the season against NL West rival Arizona.
With a payroll in the range of $225 million-plus, the Dodgers have laid the groundwork to get to their first World Series title since 1988, when they won the title. They came up short last year, losing to St. Louis in six games in the NL championship series.
''The expectations going in this time are realistic. We're a talented club and we're capable,'' said manager Don Mattingly, who signed a three-year extension in January.
The Dodgers want to avoid the poor start they had last season, when key players were injured and the team had to rally to get back into the division race. They eventually won the title by 11 games over the Diamondbacks.
''We need to be more consistent,'' Mattingly said. ''I see it as winning every series and you'll be in pretty good shape. The next thing you know, you're 20 games over .500.''
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is looking to follow up his strong season last year, while shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was injured in the NL championship series, will be playing to set himself up for impending free agency.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (DETROIT-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Dodgers Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Detroit (4-2) at Los Angeles (6-3), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Finally healthy, Josh Beckett appears ready to once again take the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The right-hander is expected to make his first start in almost 11 months Wednesday night when the Dodgers look to sweep their two-game set with the visiting Detroit Tigers.
Beckett is 2-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 15 starts since Los Angeles (6-3) acquired him in a blockbuster trade with Boston that also brought Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to southern California in August 2012. He went 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts last year before his season ended May 13, and then had a rib removed to alleviate a nerve problem and finger numbness.
Tabbed the team's No. 5 starter, Beckett landed on the DL during spring training when he slammed his thumb in a door. While making a rehab start, Beckett also sprained his ankle fielding a bunt.
But after completing a full bullpen session over the weekend, he appears set to go.
"He looks like the guy," manager Don Mattingly told the Dodgers' official website of Beckett's status.
Beckett, 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA in his last four starts versus Detroit, is ready to help the Dodgers any way he can.
"I felt they treated me really good through everything, and I feel like I want to repay that," he said during spring training.
It's uncertain if outfielder Yasiel Puig will join Beckett in the lineup or miss a third straight game with a thumb injury.
Regardless, the Dodgers will try for a third consecutive victory after pulling out a 3-2, 10-inning win over Detroit (4-2) on Tuesday. Kenley Jansen allowed a two-out, tying single in the ninth, but Crawford doubled home Chone Figgins from first an inning later.
Crawford had three hits after going 5 for 22 in his first six games.
Austin Jackson homered for one of the five hits for Detroit, which has dropped two straight since starting 4-0.
The Tigers were competitive despite the cloud of a sexual assault complaint against talented young reliever Evan Reed hanging over the club.
"I've been on teams where there's been off-field issues," manager Brad Ausmus said. "But once the bell rings, once the first pitch is thrown, it's all business."
Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 4, and is 2 for 11 with four strikeouts in his last four games at Dodger Stadium. He's 4 for 19 (.211) versus Beckett, but two of those hits were home runs.
Detroit's Torii Hunter bruised his knee chasing a fly ball Tuesday and left the game before the bottom of the fifth but is optimistic he'll be in the lineup.
"But it's not going to keep me out - hopefully not at all, and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," he said.
Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez (0-0, 4.50 ERA) had his season debut cut short after four innings because of a rain delay during Friday's 10-4 win over Baltimore. Bothered by shoulder inflammation during spring training, the right-hander allowed two runs, two hits and walked three with three strikeouts on 69 pitches.
"Considering he had the shoulder issue in spring training, his pitch count didn't get over 70 much, we just felt like we didn't want to push him," Ausmus told the Tigers' official website. "I'm sure he would have wanted to go back out, but it was just a situation we were thinking more long-term."
Sanchez is 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts against the Tigers, but hasn't faced them since 2011 with the Marlins.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 8:55:13 PM EST|