|DETROIT ( VERLANDER )|
CLEVELAND ( BAUER )
|925||DETROIT||-105||Ov 8.5,-110||+110||Ov 8.5,-105|
|926||CLEVELAND||-105||Un 8.5,-110||-120||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-24||-7||26-19||4.6||0.269||0.322||4.6||0.265||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||4-3||5.3||0.305||0.359||5.9||0.300||0.348|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-22||+4||28-20||4.9||0.265||0.335||4.6||0.257||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||3-4||3.6||0.222||0.284||5.0||0.282||0.360|
|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)||4-0||W||105||7 ov||U||10||5||1||3||7||0|
|6/16/2014||VERLANDER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||8-11||L||-140||8.5 ev||O||13||7||2||17||10||0|
|6/17/2014||SCHERZER(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||4-11||L||-145||8 un||O||10||5||1||15||7||1|
|6/18/2014||SMYLY(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||1-2||L||-130||8.5 ev||U||5||5||1||9||5||1|
|6/19/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-1||W||-155||8 ov||U||4||2||0||6||5||1|
|6/20/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||6-4||W||145||8 un||O||12||5||0||11||6||0|
|6/21/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|6/22/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)|| |
|6/24/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|6/25/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|6/26/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ TEXAS||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|6/27/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|6/7/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||8-3||W||100||9.5 ov||O||12||7||0||8||4||1|
|6/8/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ TEXAS||SAUNDERS(L)||3-2||W||110||9.5 un||U||10||10||0||6||6||1|
|6/9/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||17-7||W||-110||9.5 un||O||18||3||2||11||6||0|
|6/10/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||5-9||L||-110||7 un||O||10||7||1||11||6||0|
|6/11/2014||BAUER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||1-4||L||105||7.5 ov||U||8||8||1||11||8||1|
|6/12/2014||TOMLIN(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||2-5||L||145||8 ov||U||8||6||2||12||7||1|
|6/13/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||3-10||L||125||8.5 un||O||7||6||1||11||6||1|
|6/14/2014||HOUSE(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||3-2||W||130||9.5 un||U||10||13||0||9||7||1|
|6/15/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||3-2||W||-110||8.5 ov||U||7||10||0||6||8||0|
|6/16/2014||BAUER(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-3||W||+100||9 ov||U||6||4||0||9||10||0|
|6/17/2014||TOMLIN(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||3-9||L||-125||9.5 un||O||7||4||1||15||7||0|
|6/19/2014||MASTERSON(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||5-3||W||+110||8.5 ev||U||6||8||0||8||7||1|
|6/24/2014||MASTERSON(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|6/25/2014||KLUBER(R)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|6/27/2014||BAUER(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)|| |
|6/28/2014|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.
|CLEVELAND: CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis didn't want it to end. He had plenty of company.|
After the final out ended the club's magical, turnaround season so jarringly last October, Kipnis, who made his first All-Star team in 2013 and a few of his teammates lingered in the dugout and watched as Tampa Bay's players celebrated their 4-0 win in the AL wild-card playoff game.
One and done. Hardly the finish Cleveland wanted.
And once again, the city would remain without a major sports championship, a drought approaching its 50-year anniversary.
But despite their brief postseason appearance in manager Terry Francona's first year, the Indians intend to play in October again - and again.
''We don't want it to be a fluke,'' Kipnis said. ''We don't want to be a one-trick pony. We want to be at the top and we want to stay there.''
Hoping to build off their unexpected 92-win campaign, the Indians enter 2014 confident they can not only contend this season, but go even further.
During spring training in Arizona, first baseman Nick Swisher, who also serves as the club's high-energy hype man, handed out ''Unfinished Business'' T-shirts to his teammates.
The Indians aren't satisfied.
''Last season, hopefully, was a steppingstone that we needed to get us going in the right direction,'' Swisher said. ''Last year was that amazing year to get us in the right mind frame to say, `Hey, we can do this. We are a team. And people need to start recognizing it.'''
Cleveland had to win its final 10 games just to make the playoffs. The late-season kick wouldn't have been necessary if the Indians had played more consistently, and more evenness has been a focus for Francona, who feels his club has the makings to do something special again.
''I love our team,'' said the AL's manager of the year. ''I love coming to the ballpark and watching them play. They are easy to like because they try hard. When you can show up with a group of guys and you respect the way they go about things it makes the challenging times more fulfilling. We know we can do it now. We've got to try and go do it better.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Indians Preview* ========================
By MATT BECKER STATS Editor
Detroit (37-32) at Cleveland (37-36), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus isn't about to call Justin Verlander's disastrous stretch the beginning of the end of his career.
There's no mistaking, though, that the former AL Cy Young Award winner is looking completely overwhelmed.
Verlander tries to put another terrible performance behind him as the visiting Tigers go for their first three-game win streak in a month Saturday night against the Cleveland Indians.
Detroit (38-32) won Friday's series opener 6-4 to move a half-game ahead of Kansas City for the AL Central lead. The Tigers beat the Royals on Thursday on the heels of a 5-12 stretch, and haven't won three in a row since reeling off six straight May 12-18.
Verlander (6-7, 4.98 ERA) has had a hand in Detroit's struggles, going 2-5 with a 7.83 ERA in his last seven starts. June has been a complete nightmare, as he has a 9.16 ERA in losing all three outings.
"Frustration is definitely the word I'm using right now," he said after giving up seven runs for a second straight game and a season-worst 12 hits in six innings of Monday's 11-8 loss to Kansas City.
His strikeouts are down (6.36 per nine innings after a 9.17 mark from 2009-13), his walks are up (3.78 per nine innings compared to 2.50 from 2009-13), and he's no longer fooling hitters as games progress. Verlander is limiting opponents to a .233 average their first time up, but that number jumps to .310 the second and third times through the order. Those numbers were at .215 and .230, respectively, over the previous five seasons.
The Indians (37-37) have already contributed to Verlander's woes, tagging the right-hander for five runs and 11 hits over six innings for a 6-2 win May 20.
"You can't change the bad stretch that he's going through. He's just going to have to keep looking forward and keep working," Ausmus said. "He's going to be here all year, he's one of our pitchers. ... He certainly has the repertoire to pitch well into his 30s."
Ausmus said Torii Hunter may be back Saturday after a hamstring strain sidelined him the last four games. His return, however, is not expected to displace J.D. Martinez from the lineup.
Martinez went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer Friday, and he's 10 for 18 with four home runs and nine RBIs as Hunter's replacement. He is batting .519 with two home runs and five doubles in his last seven games against right-handers, and gets another righty Saturday in Trevor Bauer.
"You see occasionally players get on a hot streak like this and I hope he's hot (Saturday)," Ausmus said.
Victor Martinez also homered Friday and is batting .364 with three home runs in six games against his former team this season.
The Indians trailed 5-0 in the opener before a three-run homer by Asdrubal Cabrera and a solo shot by Carlos Santana in the eighth inning got Cleveland within a run.
"Our guys never quit, but unfortunately, we couldn't make it all the way back and get this one," Friday's starting pitcher Corey Kluber said.
Cabrera is batting .346 against Detroit this year, including 3 for 6 against Verlander.
Bauer (2-3, 4.20) makes his second start opposite Verlander after surrendering solo homers to Hunter and Alex Avila along with five other hits over six-plus innings to get the win a month ago.
He had gone winless since that game until beating the Angels on Monday, giving up three runs, eight hits and a season-high four walks in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-3 victory. He owns a 2.92 home ERA compared to 6.19 on the road.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:20:39 AM EST|