|DETROIT ( SANCHEZ )|
MINNESOTA ( HUGHES )
|919||DETROIT||-155||Ov 8.5,+105||-140||Ov 8.5,+110|
|920||MINNESOTA||+145||Un 8.5,-125||+130||Un 8.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-7||-2.6||8-5||4.8||0.270||0.321||4.9||0.267||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.2||4-3||5.3||0.304||0.372||4.0||0.257||0.299|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-6||+4.2||11-2||5.8||0.265||0.362||5.3||0.269||0.343|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1||6-1||5.1||0.272||0.351||5.9||0.318||0.362|
|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)||10-6||W||-125||8.5 un||O||15||6||1||11||7||1|
|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||SANCHEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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)|| |
|5/3/2014|| ||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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Detroit (11-8) at Minnesota (11-10), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Tigers are compensating for lackluster pitching - particularly out of the bullpen - with some impressive numbers at the plate.
Torii Hunter and Rajai Davis try for another big offensive display Saturday as the Tigers play the second of a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Detroit (12-8) is hitting .333 with 12 doubles, four homers and 29 runs scored while winning three of its last four games. Those numbers have been quite an improvement for the Tigers, who averaged 3.3 runs and batted .240 in dropping seven of the previous 12.
The output has helped Detroit ovecome its bullpen's 8.25 ERA in the past four games.
The Tigers pounded the ball again in the opener of this set Friday, collecting 15 hits with four doubles in a 10-6 win over the Twins (11-11).
"We just got pitches that we could drive," said Hunter, who doubled on two of his three hits and drove in two runs.
Hunter is 9 for 22 (.409) with three doubles over the past five games, and he's 13 for 25 with five doubles, one homer and seven RBIs in his past five at Minnesota.
Davis also seems to enjoy his visits to Minneapolis, hitting .343 in 21 career contests after going 9 for 18 over the past five. The journeyman outfielder had three hits in the series opener, giving him eight over the past three overall and raising his season average 60 points to .354.
Miguel Cabrera is 8 for 18 with seven RBIs in the last four games, matching the amount of hits he had in 51 at-bats over the 13 previous contests. The two-time reigning AL MVP is 14 for 25 with five homers off Phil Hughes, who will start this game for Minnesota.
The Tigers could stay hot at the plate against a Twins staff that is among the worst in baseball with a 5.14 ERA. Minnesota's starters have an AL-worst 6.32 mark.
Hughes (1-1, 6.43 ERA) attempts to improve on those numbers and win back-to-back starts for the first time in almost a year.
The right-hander allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings of Sunday's 8-3 win at Kansas City, earning his first victory since a 7-3 win July 2 at Minnesota while with the New York Yankees. He was 0-8 with a 6.46 ERA in 17 games - 16 starts - between wins.
Hughes hasn't won consecutive starts since May 4-10. He also hasn't defeated the Tigers since June 3, 2012, compiling a 6.89 ERA while losing all four starts since then, including Game 3 of the 2012 AL championship series.
He's struggled against Hunter, allowing him to go 6 for 14, while Davis is 6 for 16 with three doubles over the past two years.
Detroit is expected to counter Hughes with Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 3.54).
The right-hander appeared headed for his first victory Monday, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings before giving up three runs and getting pulled with one out in the seventh of a 3-1 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.
"He was pitching really well," catcher Alex Avila told the team's official website. "Nice location on a couple of pitches there, left them up and they made him pay for it."
Sanchez owns a 1.72 ERA while splitting two decisions over his last six starts against the Twins, and that includes no record despite a 1.47 ERA in three games in Minnesota.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 9:19:09 PM EST|