|DETROIT ( PORCELLO )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( NOESI )
|917||DETROIT||-125||Ov 9,-115||-125||Ov 8.5,-110|
|918||CHI WHITE SOX||+115||Un 9,-105||+115||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-20||-4.9||22-16||4.6||0.265||0.319||4.5||0.263||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.9||4-2||3.6||0.262||0.317||5.3||0.289||0.330|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-24||+2.4||25-20||4.3||0.252||0.317||4.9||0.260||0.341|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.1||3-4||3.3||0.237||0.281||3.7||0.211||0.286|
|5/26/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||0-10||L||120||7.5 ov||O||5||8||3||11||7||1|
|5/27/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||6-5||W||120||7 un||O||9||5||0||8||6||0|
|5/28/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-3||L||125||7 ov||U||6||2||0||5||2||0|
|5/29/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ OAKLAND||CHAVEZ(R)||5-4||W||130||8 un||O||11||7||0||9||14||0|
|5/30/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||6-3||W||100||7 ev||O||9||3||0||6||5||1|
|5/31/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||2-3||L||-145||7.5 ev||U||6||8||0||8||5||0|
|6/1/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)||0-4||L||-150||7.5 un||U||3||4||1||11||6||0|
|6/6/2014||SMYLY(L)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||6-2||W||-150||8 ov||P||13||5||1||7||6||0|
|6/9/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)|| |
|6/10/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/11/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|6/12/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|6/16/2014|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|5/30/2014||DANKS(L)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||1-4||L||+120||8 ov||U||4||5||1||9||8||0|
|5/31/2014||RIENZO(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-4||L||+120||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||10||9||2|
|6/1/2014||SALE(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-1||W||-175||7.5 ov||U||6||3||0||2||0||0|
|6/2/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-5||L||185||6 un||O||5||3||3||6||6||0|
|6/3/2014||NOESI(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||4-1||W||160||7.5 un||U||7||3||0||6||12||0|
|6/4/2014||DANKS(L)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||2-1||W||170||7.5 un||U||9||8||1||2||6||1|
|6/6/2014||RIENZO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-8||L||185||8 ov||O||11||12||0||11||2||0|
|6/7/2014||SALE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||5-6||L||-115||7.5 un||O||9||5||2||10||5||2|
|6/8/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||2-4||L||155||8 ev||U||7||5||2||9||11||0|
|6/13/2014||QUINTANA(L)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|6/14/2014||NOESI(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|6/15/2014||DANKS(L)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|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.
|CHI WHITE SOX: CHICAGO (AP) - From rock bottom last season to contention this year? The Chicago White Sox see no reason why it can't happen.|
They're ready to put last season's 99-loss wreck behind them and make a jump at least back to respectability, if not a run at the AL Central title.
They see a team with solid pitching, a new slugger in Jose Abreu and renewed vigor. Now, all they have to do is back it up.
''You have to pitch, you have to hit, you have to score,'' said manager Robin Ventura, entering his third season. ''You have to play defense. You have to do all of them in our division. Detroit has won it the last few years. They have a combination of everything. Unless you do that, you're not going to be close. We proved that last year.''
They had the pitching part down last season. The rest? Well, that's where things got dicey.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Cabrera quote)
*Tigers-White Sox Preview* ==========================
Detroit (33-26) at Chicago (31-33), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Miguel Cabrera hasn't missed a game all season for the Detroit Tigers but that may change Monday night.
The two-time reigning AL MVP is day to day due to left hamstring tightness as the visiting Tigers open a four-game set with the Chicago White Sox.
Cabrera looked gimpy as he trotted to first on a sixth-inning single, and was lifted immediately after that for a pinch-runner in the Tigers' sixth loss in eight games, 5-3 to Boston on Sunday. He is hitting .326 with 11 homers and 51 RBIs and hopes to play Monday.
"Hopefully I'll feel better and be in there," Cabrera told the team's official website. "I don't know. I've gotta see tomorrow how it feels and see what we want to do."
Detroit (33-26) has won four of six over Chicago this season, with Cabrera going 10 for 26 with six RBIs.
If Cabrera doesn't play, one consolation for the Tigers is that they usually beat the White Sox when Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69 ERA) starts. Porcello is 9-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his last 13 outings against Chicago, with Detroit winning 12 times.
Porcello has also posted a 2.84 ERA in winning his last five road outings although he lost for the second time in three starts Wednesday by yielding three runs over seven innings in an 8-2 defeat to Toronto.
Chicago second baseman Gordon Beckham is 12 for 29 with a homer and four doubles against Porcello, who will get his first look at Cuban sensation Jose Abreu.
Abreu and the White Sox are looking to regroup after getting swept by the Angels in Anaheim over the weekend. The slugger went 1 for 12 in the three games, striking out four times in Saturday's 6-5 loss and going 0 for 4 and hitting into two double plays in Sunday's 4-2 defeat.
"Well, I mean, it's a bummer now, but tomorrow is another day and you are playing another team so you can get right back at it," manager Robin Ventura said.
Now the White Sox (31-33) are eager to begin a nine-game homestand by cutting into their 4 1/2-game deficit against the AL Central-leading Tigers.
"We've got a big four coming up against Detroit and we're excited to put our best out there and try to make up some ground in the division," center fielder Adam Eaton said.
It won't be easy since the Tigers have taken four straight and eight of their last 12 games at U.S. Cellular Field.
Slumping Dayan Viciedo has two hits in his last 25 at-bats but may be looking forward to this series since he's 11 for 23 against Detroit this season.
Chicago will give the ball to Hector Noesi (1-4, 5.29), who is 3-16 with a 5.57 ERA in 28 career starts. He ended a 19-start winless drought in which he was 0-12 by limiting the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run over six innings in a 4-1 victory Tuesday.
The journeyman right-hander has made seven starts with Chicago after also pitching this season for Seattle and Texas.
"It was good for Hector to get that off his back, and hopefully it just keeps going for him," Ventura said. "You're happy for him with everything he's been through this year - being on a bunch of teams."
Noesi is 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in two career outings against Detroit.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:06:46 AM EST|