|DETROIT ( PORCELLO )|
TAMPA BAY ( ODORIZZI )
|913||DETROIT||+120||Ov 7,-115||+110||Ov 7.5,+115|
|914||TAMPA BAY||-130||Un 7,-105||-120||Un 7.5,-135|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-38||-6.9||43-33||4.7||0.268||0.324||4.3||0.262||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.5||4-3||4.3||0.242||0.321||4.7||0.237||0.313|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-46||-10.7||42-48||4.0||0.252||0.322||3.6||0.231||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||2-4||4.7||0.222||0.267||3.1||0.216||0.275|
|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)||8-6||W||-120||6.5 un||O||10||12||0||8||11||1|
|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||PORCELLO(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|8/27/2014|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|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||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|8/27/2014|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Zobrist's home hitting streak in ninth graf.)
*Tigers-Rays Preview* =====================
By CHRIS ALTRUDA STATS Editor
Detroit (66-56) at Tampa Bay (61-63), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Detroit Tigers showed the kind of mettle that make them the reigning three-time AL Central champions to open this crucial seven-game road trip.
They're counting on Rick Porcello to display some of his own Wednesday night as their series continues versus the Rays at Tampa Bay.
Locked in a battle for the second wild-card spot - the Tigers (67-56) are one percentage point ahead of Seattle - and chasing Kansas City in the division, Detroit overcame an early 4-0 deficit to defeat the Rays 8-6 in 11 innings Tuesday. Victor Martinez drove home a tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded walk and Joe Nathan converted his 26th save despite allowing a run in his inning of work for the second straight appearance.
"We did what we had to do," said outfielder Torii Hunter, who also scored in the three-run 11th. "Had good at-bats and we came through with some runs."
Porcello (13-8, 3.28) looks to avoid a fourth consecutive loss and help the Tigers win consecutive road games for the first time since July 23-24. After taking the loss pitching the final two innings in Detroit's 6-5, 19-inning defeat to Toronto on Aug. 10, the right-hander pitched on normal rest and was tagged for six runs and 10 hits in six innings of a 7-2 defeat to Seattle on Friday.
"The game in Toronto had nothing to do with what happened tonight," Porcello said. "I had plenty of time to get ready for this start, and I prepared just like I always do. I just didn't pitch well."
Porcello also didn't pitch well in his only start this season against the Rays, who battered him for seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-3 victory on July 6. He is 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA lifetime against Tampa Bay.
Following their charge to reach .500 by winning 32 of 47, the Rays (61-64) have dropped three in a row to fall seven games back of the Tigers and severely damage their already slim chances of claiming the second wild-card spot. James Loney went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer and is 10 for 25 with two homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.
Rays infielder Ben Zobrist, who went 2 for 3 with an RBI, is 10 for 18 in his last four games against Detroit. He's 3 for 11 lifetime against Porcello and batting .440 during a three-game hitting streak at home.
Jake Odorizzi (9-9, 3.82) has been Tampa Bay's hottest starter and is looking to improve to 6-1 in his last seven starts. He made only one mistake in seven innings Thursday at Texas - a two-run homer by Geovany Soto - in a 6-3 victory, and the right-hander has struck out 37 over 35 1-3 innings in his last six outings.
"The guy's confident," manager Joe Maddon said of his 24-year-old pitcher, who has never faced the Tigers. "He's swaggering out to the mound, and swaggering back in."
Odorizzi is 4-5 in 13 home starts despite a 3.10 ERA and has struck out 82 in 72 2-3 innings there.
He'll try to continue the swagger of a starting rotation that has compiled a 2.31 ERA since the All-Star break as the Rays have gone 17-11 to claw back to the fringes of the AL wild-card chase. Tuesday's loss snapped a club-record 13-game streak in which Tampa Bay starters allowed three or fewer runs.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 9:20:52 PM EST|