|DETROIT ( PORCELLO )|
MINNESOTA ( CORREIA )
|975||DETROIT||-125||Ov 8.5,-105||-120||Ov 8.5,-105|
|976||MINNESOTA||+115||Un 8.5,-115||+110||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-7||-3.6||7-5||4.4||0.261||0.314||4.8||0.264||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-1||4-3||4.7||0.292||0.370||4.7||0.264||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-5||+5.2||10-2||5.8||0.261||0.363||4.9||0.260||0.339|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+4.2||6-2||5.7||0.272||0.374||4.5||0.282||0.339|
|4/11/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||0-6||L||100||6.5 ov||U||1||3||0||13||6||1|
|4/12/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||6-2||W||-130||6.5 un||O||11||9||1||10||9||1|
|4/13/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||1-5||L||-150||6.5 un||U||7||9||1||6||5||1|
|4/18/2014||SMYLY(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||6-11||L||-125||8 un||O||11||9||0||13||5||0|
|4/19/2014||SCHERZER(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||5-2||W||-160||7.5 un||U||10||10||0||4||3||1|
|4/20/2014||PORCELLO(R)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||2-1||W||-140||9 un||U||5||8||0||7||5||4|
|4/21/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||1-3||L||-195||8.5 ev||U||9||10||2||5||4||0|
|4/22/2014||VERLANDER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||LEESMAN(L)||8-6||W||-240||8.5 ov||O||15||10||0||13||9||2|
|4/23/2014||SMYLY(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||4-6||L||-185||8.5 un||O||6||4||0||10||3||0|
|4/24/2014||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-4||W||-210||7.5 un||O||13||7||1||11||8||0|
|4/25/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|4/26/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)|| |
|4/27/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|4/29/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|4/30/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|4/11/2014||GIBSON(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||10-1||W||+115||8 un||O||11||9||0||5||7||1|
|4/12/2014||NOLASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||7-1||W||+130||7.5 un||O||6||4||0||6||6||2|
|4/13/2014||CORREIA(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||4-3||W||+115||8 un||U||5||5||2||7||4||1|
|4/18/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||0-5||L||135||7.5 un||U||8||7||0||11||6||0|
|4/19/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||4-5||L||135||8.5 un||O||8||8||1||10||8||0|
|4/20/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||8-3||W||170||8 un||O||13||11||0||11||8||1|
|4/22/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||3-7||L||205||7.5 un||O||6||3||0||13||8||0|
|4/23/2014||PELFREY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-4||W||170||8.5 un||O||12||10||1||9||11||0|
|4/24/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||9-7||W||155||7.5 un||O||12||13||1||13||7||0|
|4/29/2014||PELFREY(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|4/30/2014||NOLASCO(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||CORREIA(R)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Twins Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Detroit (10-8) at Minnesota (10-10), 8:10 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Tigers are looking for Rick Porcello to bring his best stuff on the road after his early-season success at home.
Considering his recent history at Target Field, he might deliver in Friday night's series opener with the Minnesota Twins.
Porcello (2-1, 3.15 ERA) is coming off another impressive outing at Comerica Park, limiting the Angels to a run and five hits over seven innings in a 2-1 victory Sunday.
While he owns a 1.32 ERA in two home starts, he gave up five runs and 10 hits over 6 1-3 innings of a 6-0 loss at San Diego on April 11 in his only road outing. Keeping the ball down in the zone appears to be imperative for Porcello, who had a 61.5 groundball percentage against the Padres compared to 80.0 percent in his other two starts.
"There were a couple of balls up in the zone that the Padres' hitters took advantage of," manager Brad Ausmus said.
While Porcello is just 1-2 with a 5.35 ERA over seven starts versus Minnesota since the start of 2012, he should feel comfortable at Target Field, where he's 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA in his last six outings.
The Tigers (11-8) have also had plenty of success recently in Minneapolis, winning 20 of their last 28 there.
Miguel Cabrera seems to have come to life at the plate, going 6 for 13 with six RBIs as Detroit took two of the final three in its four-game set with the White Sox. Cabrera's six hits in his last three games are as many as he had in his previous 11.
"It's always good when your reigning MVP gets rolling," Ausmus told the team's website. "He got a couple hits with some big RBIs, so we hope to keep Miggy rolling as we go into this road trip."
Though Cabrera hit a pedestrian .239 in 19 games versus Minnesota last season, he drew 11 walks, drove in 16 runs and is 11 for 28 (.393) against Friday's starter Kevin Correia.
The Twins (11-10) have won three of four and are rolling offensively, totaling 15 runs and 24 hits in back-to-back wins over Tampa Bay.
Chris Colabello's eight-game hitting streak came to an end in Thursday's 9-7 victory, but the club's No. 6 and 7 hitters - Kurt Suzuki and Sam Fuld - were a combined 6 for 9 with five RBIs. Aaron Hicks, the No. 8 hitter, also connected on a three-run homer.
Correia (0-2, 5.47) could use the support given how susceptible he's been to big innings. He allowed four earned runs - all in the fourth - and nine hits in six innings of a 5-4 loss at Kansas City on Saturday. He's already given up at least three runs in a single inning three times this season.
Correia has been solid in six career starts versus Detroit with a 2.75 ERA, but he's just 1-3 largely due to a 1.6 run-support average. He was backed with just two runs of support in 20 2-3 innings against the Tigers last year.
Austin Jackson is 17 for 36 (.447) during an eight-game hitting streak versus Minnesota, while Torii Hunter has recorded multiple hits in 16 of his last 31 games against his former team.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:44:04 PM EST|