|DETROIT ( SCHERZER )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|965||DETROIT||-115||Ov 7,+105||-120||Ov 6.5,-110|
|966||TAMPA BAY||+105||Un 7,-125||+110||Un 6.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-38||-7.9||42-33||4.6||0.269||0.323||4.3||0.263||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||4-3||4.0||0.265||0.328||5.4||0.264||0.329|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-45||-9.7||41-48||4.0||0.253||0.322||3.5||0.231||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||1-5||4.9||0.231||0.269||2.0||0.198||0.251|
|8/5/2014||PRICE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-3||W||-120||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||8||6||0|
|8/6/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)||1-5||L||105||9 un||U||5||8||1||8||5||4|
|8/7/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||0-1||L||105||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||9||8||0|
|8/8/2014||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||5-4||W||-130||8 un||O||9||7||2||13||13||1|
|8/9/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||2-3||L||-115||8 un||U||4||4||0||8||6||1|
|8/10/2014||PRICE(L)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||5-6||L||-155||8 un||O||22||19||1||17||24||2|
|8/11/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||6-11||L||-115||7.5 un||O||14||9||3||14||8||0|
|8/12/2014||RAY(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-4||L||110||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||9||6||1|
|8/19/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/20/2014||PORCELLO(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/21/2014||PRICE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|8/22/2014||RAY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||MILONE(L)|| |
|8/23/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/23/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|8/24/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|8/5/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)||0-3||L||115||7.5 un||U||7||9||3||10||10||0|
|8/6/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||7-3||W||180||7 ev||O||13||11||0||4||3||1|
|8/8/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||4-3||W||-125||7 ov||P||9||7||3||8||6||0|
|8/9/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-0||W||-135||7 un||U||6||5||0||5||5||1|
|8/10/2014||COBB(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||-155||7 un||U||8||9||0||13||11||1|
|8/11/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)||7-0||W||-125||9 un||U||10||9||1||3||8||1|
|8/12/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||2-3||L||-115||9 un||U||7||7||3||14||13||3|
|8/13/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)||10-1||W||-135||9 un||O||12||5||0||4||4||1|
|8/14/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TEXAS||ROSS(L)||6-3||W||-130||9 un||P||10||6||0||5||3||0|
|8/15/2014||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)||5-0||W||-130||7 un||U||8||5||0||7||7||2|
|8/16/2014||SMYLY(L)||NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||2-3||L||-140||7 un||U||7||7||1||7||3||0|
|8/17/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-4||L||-105||7 ev||U||5||4||2||8||8||0|
|8/22/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|8/24/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)|| |
|8/25/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|8/26/2014|| ||@ 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.
|TAMPA BAY: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays feel they have everything it takes to win the World Series and aren't afraid to say it.|
The budget-minded franchise that's played into October four out of the past six seasons boosted payroll instead of cutting back this winter in hopes of making another strong run for the playoffs.
''The goal is to be the team that plays the last game of the year and win,'' third baseman Evan Longoria said.
''I felt like we were really close to breaking through last year,'' the three-time AL All-Star added. ''And with the team that we have this year, I'm really excited to go out and try to prove to ourselves that we are good enough to do that.''
The Rays won 92 games a year ago, including a Game 163 tie-breaker to claim a wild-card spot, and have compiled the second-best record in baseball over the past six seasons.
That's not enough for manager Joe Maddon and a hungry collection of players who reported to spring training feeling as if there's unfinished business to tend to after losing to eventual World Series champion Boston in the AL division round.
''I love that our guys feel and think that way. I think it's great,'' Maddon said.
''You'll hear that rhetoric in a lot of clubhouses, whether it's baseball, football or basketball, but you've got to back it up. You have to really believe it. Not just say it,'' he said. ''Some groups say it because they're supposed to say it. Some groups say it because they believe it. Our guys believe it.''
That confidence was bolstered by the Rays' ability to keep most of the key components from last year's roster together, including lefty David Price, who anchors one of baseball's deepest pitching rotations.
Price and just about everybody else expected the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner to be traded, however the Rays wound up giving him a $14 million one-year deal, in addition to re-signing first baseman James Loney and landing free agent closer Grant Balfour in moves that represent a big chunk of a club-record payroll of around $80 million.
Andrew Friedman, the team's vice president of baseball operations, also traded for catcher Ryan Hanigan and infielder Logan Forsythe to give Maddon additional flexibility filling out a batting order around Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers.
''Talent can't win every game for you, but it's a good start,'' said Loney, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal - largest since Tampa Bay has given to a free agent since Stuart Sternberg became principal owner.
''If we can stay healthy, if we can do the things we're capable of doing,'' second baseman Ben Zobrist add, ''we certainly have as good or better chance than any other team in the league to win it all.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Rays Preview* =====================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Detroit (66-56) at Tampa Bay (61-63), 7:10 p.m. EDT
If the recent form of Max Scherzer and Chris Archer is any indication, the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays could be in for a low-scoring affair in the opener of a three-game series.
The right-handers square off Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, and in addition to noteworthy efforts in their last starts, both pitchers were dominant in outings during last month's series in Detroit.
Scherzer (14-4, 2.98 ERA), who can become the first AL pitcher to 15 wins, has gone 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 10 starts since June 22. In that time, only Corey Kluber, Felix Hernandez and Jon Lester have posted better ERAs in the AL.
His last start was his best in that period as he threw eight scoreless innings, allowed three hits and struck out a season-high 14 to win 5-2 over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Scherzer had eight strikeouts through four innings, which had him eyeing big numbers.
"I was thinking about it, but not for the reason you probably think," he said. "When I'm getting that many strikeouts early, it means I've throwing all four of my pitches, I'm getting hitters into the kill-zone counts and I'm putting them away. When that's happening, I know I'm probably going to have a good day."
He was about as effective July 3 against Tampa Bay, surrendering a run and two hits while striking out seven in eight innings of an 8-1 win. It was Scherzer's fourth straight victory over the Rays and gave him a 2.25 ERA against them.
Ben Zobrist (2 for 18), Matt Joyce (2 for 17), Desmond Jennings (2 for 15) and Evan Longoria (2 for 14) have struggled against him. Yunel Escobar is 11 for 30 in the matchup.
Archer (8-6, 3.24) is also coming off a dominant effort in Wednesday's 10-1 win in Texas. He earned the decision while allowing a run and four hits and striking out a career-high 12 in seven innings.
"It's just one of those situations where you get in the zone and you black out," Archer said. "Your hard work and practice takes over."
In three starts this month, he's 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 19 innings.
He also beat Detroit 7-2 on July 5 with 8 1-3 innings of two-run ball.
Archer has held Ian Kinsler to a 1-for-10 effort with four strikeouts, but J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila homered off him last month.
The series in which both pitchers appeared from July 3-6 ended with the Rays (61-63) taking three of four.
Both teams follow an off day Monday seeking bounce-back efforts after losing two of three in their home weekend series.
The Tigers (66-56) gave up ground in a wild-card battle with Seattle and fell 8-1 on Sunday, finishing with seven runs scored in the series.
"We need to play better," manager Brad Ausmus told MLB's official website. "We're a better team than this. Period."
Victor Martinez remained locked in at the plate with a two-hit day. He's gone 8 for 16 with five RBIs and a .600 on-base percentage in his last five games.
After a 3-2 homestand, the Tigers head back out on the road looking to snap a season-high five-game losing streak away from home.
Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday also featured some weak offense. The Rays managed five hits, and they batted .205 in the series.
It was the first time in 13 games they allowed more than three runs, but they've gone just 7-6 in that time.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 3:21:44 PM EST|