|DETROIT ( RAY )|
MINNESOTA ( MILONE )
|925||DETROIT||-105||Ov 9,-105||-105||Ov 9,-110|
|926||MINNESOTA||-105||Un 9,-115||-105||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-18||+0.5||20-22||4.4||0.281||0.334||4.2||0.256||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||3-4||3.7||0.210||0.293||3.7||0.195||0.253|
|vs Left-handed Starters||18-24||-1.7||21-21||4.4||0.255||0.317||4.5||0.284||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.7||4-3||4.0||0.224||0.283||5.4||0.290||0.325|
|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)||6-0||W||120||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||3||3||1|
|8/21/2014||PRICE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||0-1||L||105||6.5 un||U||4||5||1||1||1||0|
|8/22/2014||RAY(L)||@ MINNESOTA||MILONE(L)|| |
|8/23/2014||FARMER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PINO(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||VERLANDER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MAY(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||SCHERZER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||PORCELLO(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|8/27/2014||PRICE(L)||NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)|| |
|8/28/2014||RAY(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|8/8/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||5-6||L||195||7 un||O||7||2||1||6||6||1|
|8/9/2014||MAY(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-9||L||220||7.5 un||O||12||11||1||10||12||1|
|8/10/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)||6-1||W||165||7.5 un||U||10||8||0||6||7||1|
|8/11/2014||MILONE(L)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||4-2||W||-110||8.5 un||U||11||9||1||9||8||2|
|8/12/2014||PINO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||4-10||L||130||7.5 ev||O||8||4||1||12||4||0|
|8/13/2014||GIBSON(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||3-1||W||-110||8 un||U||11||9||1||6||6||0|
|8/15/2014||NOLASCO(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||5-6||L||+130||8 ev||O||9||5||0||12||7||2|
|8/16/2014||HUGHES(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||4-1||W||+105||7.5 un||U||6||9||1||8||7||1|
|8/17/2014||MILONE(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||6-12||L||+105||8 ev||O||7||4||1||13||5||0|
|8/18/2014||MAY(R)||KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||4-6||L||+145||8 ev||O||7||4||0||13||10||0|
|8/26/2014||NOLASCO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)|| |
|8/27/2014||HUGHES(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|8/28/2014||MILONE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ 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.
|MINNESOTA: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The number is staggering. In the past three years, the Minnesota Twins have lost 291 games. Ninety-nine in 2011. Ninety-six each of the last two seasons.|
A team that was once viewed as a model for succeeding and competing with modest financial resources has been an afterthought for too long now. They have finished last in the AL Central twice and were fourth last season.
So the Twins shed their frugal ways in the offseason, shelling out $73 million to bring in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to bolster a lagging rotation. They also brought back manager Ron Gardenhire on a two-year deal and moved Joe Mauer from catcher to first base in an effort to protect their franchise player from injury.
''They made a statement: `We don't want to see this again. We don't want to go through this again this summer,''' Gardenhire said.
The Twins said goodbye to longtime first baseman Justin Morneau late last season when general manager Terry Ryan traded him to the Pirates in a stretch-run deal. There weren't many other changes to an offense that has struggled to score runs, but the upgrades to the rotation have given the holdovers some peace of mind that they won't have to score seven runs a game to have a chance to win.
''It's night and day to be honest with you. Terry went out and spent some money on some good arms in Nolasco and Hughes,'' second baseman Brian Dozier said. ''Hughes had a bad year last year but is an All-Star pitcher and I think moving to this park will help him a lot. I think just getting out of New York to be honest with you. ... So we needed to address our pitching staff and Terry did that, and I'm happy about it.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (DETROIT-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Tigers-Twins Preview* ======================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Detroit (68-56) at Minnesota (55-70), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Robbie Ray is looking for a victory to prove he belongs among a Detroit Tigers rotation stacked with big names.
Minnesota could be just the place for it to happen.
The rookie takes the mound Friday night in the opener of a four-game series against the Twins with the Tigers hoping to continue their sustained road dominance in the series.
Detroit (68-57), winner of 21 of 30 in Minnesota since Sept. 2, 2010, heads to Target Field after winning two of three on the road against Tampa Bay.
David Price set the Tigers up for a sweep against his old club, but they were unable to get anything going in Thursday's 1-0 loss.
Detroit pitching limited Tampa Bay to a run and four hits in the final two games, a stingy streak Ray now hopes to continue.
Ray (1-3, 5.33 ERA) has lost three straight starts, including both since returning to the rotation on Aug. 12. In Sunday's 8-1 loss to Seattle, the left-hander gave up four runs with seven hits in five innings. The 22-year-old is being asked to fill in with Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander injured.
"We're kind of in a bind with Sanchie hurt and Ver missing a start, and we're asking Robbie to compete in a pennant race," manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's a tall order. It's not always going to come up roses for a young pitcher in that situation."
His one start against the Twins was certainly his most effective. In his second big league outing, Ray limited them to four hits in six scoreless innings of a 4-3 home loss on May 11.
What's happened since, though, could be of greater concern. In three outings straddling a 13-start stint with Triple-A Toledo, Ray has allowed 14 earned runs with a .373 opponents' batting average in 13 1-3 innings.
Minnesota (56-70), however, hasn't been the most hot-hitting of opponents lately. The club salvaged Thursday's finale against Cleveland with a 4-1 victory, but is just 2-5 on an 11-game homestand while batting .224 - including a .182 average with runners in scoring position.
What offense it has produced has often come from a pair of youngsters. Kennys Vargas went 3 for 4 on Thursday with his fourth home run, and Minnesota's designated hitter has driven in 17 runs in 19 games since debuting on Aug. 1. Oswaldo Arcia has also produced this month with six home runs and 17 RBIs in 15 games since Aug. 2.
The overall offensive struggles could mean more pressure for Tommy Milone, who entered his first Twins start with numbers indicating he may be a rotation headliner for the rest of the season. His performance was quite a step back.
Milone (6-4, 3.99) lasted just 1 1-3 innings in his Minnesota debut, surrendering seven runs and four hits with two walks and a hit batter in Sunday's 12-6 loss to Kansas City.
It was the shortest outing of his career, but the fix might be as simple as a dry ball or a meeting with Detroit.
"The weather was not conducive to pitching in that inning," manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB's official website. "It was raining pretty hard. He tried to pitch through it, but it was pretty much a mess. I don't think he had a feel for the ball."
The left-hander is 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA in four starts against the Tigers.
Milone might not have to face Miguel Cabrera at 100 percent. The two-time reigning AL MVP closed the Tampa Bay series at DH after re-aggravating a right ankle injury sliding at home plate Wednesday night.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 11:08:30 AM EST|