|DETROIT ( SCHERZER )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )
|967||DETROIT||+100||Ov 7,-110||+105||Ov 7,-110|
|968||CHI WHITE SOX||-110||Un 7,-110||-115||Un 7,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-7||+0.6||9-9||4.2||0.286||0.340||4.1||0.248||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.8||6-0||4.1||0.301||0.353||6.0||0.311||0.366|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-24||+4.9||27-20||4.4||0.255||0.321||4.9||0.260||0.340|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.7||4-3||4.4||0.278||0.340||3.9||0.249||0.320|
|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)||5-6||L||-125||8.5 ev||O||10||6||3||11||8||0|
|6/11/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||2-8||L||-150||9 un||O||9||10||1||12||10||0|
|6/12/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|6/16/2014||VERLANDER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|6/17/2014||SCHERZER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||SMYLY(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|6/19/2014|| ||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||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|6/14/2014||NOESI(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|6/15/2014||RIENZO(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||DANKS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|6/18/2014||SALE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|6/19/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-White Sox Preview* ==========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Detroit (33-27) at Chicago (32-33), 8:10 p.m. EDT
If not the best hitter in all of baseball, Miguel Cabrera has to at least be considered the most dangerous slugger in the AL Central.
Cuban sensation Jose Abreu, though, isn't far behind.
Abreu and the Chicago White Sox try to sweep a rain-shortened three-game home set against Cabrera and the slumping Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.
Chicago (33-33) finds itself 2 1/2 games behind first-place Detroit (33-28) after winning 8-2 on Wednesday. Abreu went 3 for 4 with his 19th homer as the White Sox improved to 6-2 over their last eight at home.
Abreu, who also homered in Monday's 6-5 victory before Tuesday's game was postponed, now leads the AL with a .627 slugging percentage. He is batting .323 with four home runs and eight RBIs in eight games since coming off the disabled list with an ankle issue.
Cabrera is 8 for 16 with five extra-base hits - one homer - during a four-game stretch. However, the Tigers have lost three straight and 16 of 22 since May 19, tied for the worst mark in the AL during that time.
Detroit is 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position over the last two games.
"It's kind of everything that can go wrong is going wrong, not just for myself, but for this team," Wednesday's losing pitcher Justin Verlander said after allowing seven runs. "But we'll battle through it."
Detroit will try to get on track behind Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38 ERA), who owns a 6.84 ERA in his last four starts. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner allowed four runs and 11 hits over 6 2-3 innings but earned the victory in Saturday's 8-6 win over Boston.
Scherzer threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 31 hitters while striking out nine and walking one.
"When you're filling it up and attacking the zone, you're going to have success," he told MLB's official website. "Four runs, that happens, but you turn the page and move on. If I keep doing this, good things are going to happen."
The right-hander is 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA during a nine-start stretch against the White Sox, which includes a 1.50 ERA in two wins this season. He's baffled Alexei Ramirez over the years, holding him to five hits in 47 at-bats. Adam Dunn is 9 for 40 with three homers and 19 strikeouts in their matchups, and Abreu is 1 for 6.
Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06) carried a shutout into the eighth inning Saturday before allowing a season-high five runs in a 6-5 road defeat to the Los Angeles Angels. The left-hander's night came to an end after serving up a grand slam to Mike Trout.
"He just goes and pitches," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Sale. "He's a high intensity guy, a lot of emotion. He separates it pretty good."
Sale would appear to have a good chance to bounce back at home, where he's gone 4-0 with a major league-best 0.59 WHIP and 46 strikeouts over six starts spanning 37 1-3 innings. The two-time All-Star has compiled a 0.72 ERA and 0.32 WHIP in his last four on the South Side while allowing four hits in 25 innings.
Sale went 2-0 with a 1.09 ERA in his last three 2013 outings against the Tigers. Austin Jackson is 2 for 30 with 12 strikeouts in their matchups, but Victor Martinez is 12 for 22.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 8:34:29 AM EST|