|DETROIT ( VERLANDER )|
LA ANGELS ( SHOEMAKER )
|977||DETROIT||+100||Ov 8.5,-110||+105||Ov 8.5,+100|
|978||LA ANGELS||-110||Un 8.5,-110||-115||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-32||-6.4||38-26||4.9||0.275||0.329||4.5||0.264||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||4-4||-0.9||3-5||4.4||0.255||0.310||3.9||0.256||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||40-26||+9.7||33-31||5.2||0.264||0.329||3.9||0.232||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.9||2-5||3.0||0.230||0.301||3.6||0.221||0.254|
|7/12/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||5-1||W||115||8 ev||U||11||5||0||6||6||1|
|7/13/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)||2-5||L||-130||8.5 ev||U||9||5||0||10||8||0|
|7/21/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ ARIZONA||NUNO(L)||4-3||W||-130||9 un||U||9||6||0||8||7||0|
|7/22/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ ARIZONA||ANDERSON(R)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||10||9||0||6||3||0|
|7/23/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||11-5||W||-140||8.5 un||O||13||6||0||13||6||1|
|7/24/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||6-4||W||110||7 ov||O||11||8||0||8||4||0|
|7/25/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||1-2||L||120||8.5 ov||U||6||6||0||7||6||1|
|7/26/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/29/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/30/2014||SCHERZER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)|| |
|7/31/2014||SMYLY(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|7/12/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)||5-2||W||-155||9.5 ov||U||11||9||1||4||7||1|
|7/13/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ TEXAS||BAKER(R)||10-7||W||-150||10 un||O||15||9||0||10||2||1|
|7/29/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/30/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/31/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|8/1/2014||SHOEMAKER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|8/2/2014|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|LA ANGELS: ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton didn't exactly fit in right away with the Los Angeles Angels after they accepted owner Arte Moreno's lavish free-agent contracts.|
Now that both sluggers feel much more comfortable and confident in Orange County, they know it's time the Angels started getting more wins for their money.
The Angels' four-year absence from the playoffs is embarrassing for an organization with a sky-high payroll and equally lofty expectations, but they seem capable of ending the drought if the club's various pieces finally add up properly.
Pujols and Hamilton are full of spring optimism after those disappointing 2013 efforts, while superstar Mike Trout is back for the third full major league campaign in his already remarkable career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Angels Preview* =======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Detroit (57-43) at Los Angeles (61-41), 9:05 p.m. EDT
Justin Verlander is feeling optimistic about rediscovering his All-Star form after making an adjustment to his throwing motion.
That could become a little easier should Josh Hamilton have to sit for the Los Angeles Angels.
With Hamilton's status uncertain, Verlander will try to help the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers bounce back with their fifth win in seven games Saturday night in the third of a four-game set in Anaheim.
After allowing nine runs over 12 1-3 innings in his previous two starts, Verlander (9-8, 4.84 ERA) said he changed his arm action as he prepared to open the second half of the season against Arizona on Monday.
It seemed to help as the 2011 AL Cy Young award winner allowed three runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. It was only the second time in four July starts that he gave up fewer than four runs.
"(I) went out and tried to throw the way that I used to throw, and immediately, when I got on the mound to throw my bullpen to warm up, I was able to locate the way that I felt that I should," Verlander told MLB's official website. "I felt pretty easy, and that carried over into the game."
The six-time All-Star hopes to keep making positive strides while helping the Tigers (57-43) avoid their eighth loss in nine games at Angel Stadium following Friday's 2-1 defeat.
Verlander has gone 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA in five career starts in Anaheim, though he hasn't faced the Angels since 2012. Albert Pujols is 5 for 8 with two doubles in the matchup, while Mike Trout's only hit in three at-bats was a home run.
Hamilton has gone 5 for 17 with seven strikeouts versus Verlander, though he may be sidelined after leaving the opener in the fourth inning with left knee soreness. The former AL MVP is batting .326 in his last 11 games.
Efren Navarro could be back in left field after going 2 for 3 with the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning.
Los Angeles (61-41), which won for only the third time in seven games, has totaled 13 runs while hitting .210 over its last five. The Angels, however, pulled within two games of AL West-leading Oakland on Friday with the A's loss at Texas.
Now they'll try to keep closing the gap with right-hander Matt Shoemaker (7-3, 4.54) on the mound.
Shoemaker allowed four runs with a season high-tying 10 strikeouts over 5 2-3 innings in Monday's 4-2 home loss to Baltimore. He gave up home runs in the first and sixth innings, but retired 15 straight in between in his first start since July 3.
"I thought he threw the ball extremely well," manager Mike Scioscia said. "For not having pitched in 14 days, to be able to get to that point in the game was great."
Shoemaker is 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in six home starts as he faces the Tigers for the first time. Detroit had averaged 6.0 runs and hit .320 with runners in scoring position over its previous five games before finishing with six hits Friday.
Slugger Miguel Cabrera had one of the few highlights with his 16th home run. The All-Star first baseman has gone 9 for 21 with two homers and six RBIs in five games on the road trip.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 8:54:47 PM EST|