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American League Preview from The Sports Network



Monday, June 30 (All times Eastern)

Oakland Athletics (51-30) at Detroit Tigers (44-34), 7:08 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Scott Kazmir (9-3, 2.66) Detroit - Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.64)

(SportsNetwork.com) - A clash between division leaders gets underway Monday night between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers.

This series between the AL West and AL Central leaders will last three games at Comerica Park and the Athletics are searching for a fifth straight win on their current road trip.

After heading east and splitting a two-game series with the New York Mets, Oakland recorded a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with Sunday's 4-3 decision and posted all four runs in the sixth inning. Nate Freiman hit a three-run homer and Josh Donaldson posted an RBI single during the decisive frame, and starting pitcher Tommy Milone worked seven effective innings.

Milone allowed three runs, two of which were earned and one on a Marcell Ozuna home run, while striking out three batters and walking two.

Freiman's home run helped Milone capture his sixth win (6-3). Freiman was called up from Triple-A after Josh Reddick landed back on the disabled list with a knee.

"Certainly a big home run from the new kid," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Freiman. "He's had a full year in the majors, he's not intimated by it. He gets called up and on his first day, has the biggest hit of the game."

Oakland was also without Derek Norris (back). Yoenis Cespedes extended his hitting streak to 13 games by going 1-for-4 with a run scored.

The A's lead the AL West by 5 1/2 games ahead of the LA Angels and have won nine of their last 11 games, including four straight on the road. They are 27-15 outside the Coliseum this season and a season-high 21 games over .500.

Oakland has gone 17-8 in June.

The A's hope Scott Kazmir can bounce back from a rare shaky start when he pitches Monday. Kazmir had his worst outing of the season in last Tuesday's 10-1 loss at the New York Mets and he allowed seven runs and eight hits in three innings.

Kazmir was 4-0 with a 1.27 earned run average in his previous five starts and dropped to 9-3 with a 2.66 ERA overall. His ERA over the first 15 starts was 2.08 and Oakland is 13-3 in his 16 trips to the hill this season.

The veteran left-hander went the distance in a 3-1 win over Anibal Sanchez and Detroit on May 28, as he allowed one run and scattered six hits with eight K's and no walks. Kazmir, who is 4-2 in nine road assignments, has a 5-5 mark to go along with a 3.64 ERA in 14 career starts against the Tigers.

Detroit is back home for nine games versus Oakland, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, and lost two of three games against the Houston Astros this weekend to close out an otherwise successful nine-game road trip (7-2).

Drew Smyly had a rough go of it on the mound and lasted 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and eight hits to fall to 4-7. Tigers starters had posted a quality outing in nine of the previous 10 games.

"I was sick yesterday, I'm not going to use that as an excuse," Smyly said. "They came out swinging. I didn't bring it; they did."

Alex Avila homered, Nick Castellanos ended with two hits and two RBI and slugger Miguel Cabrera ended 0-for-4.

The Tigers had their lead atop the AL Central trimmed to 3 1/2 games over the Kansas City Royals, who won two of three meetings with the LA Angels this past weekend.

Sanchez draws the start for the Tigers Monday and he has won three straight outings and five decisions in a row. His previous loss was April 21 against the Chicago White Sox. Sanchez squeezed by Texas in last Wednesday's 8-6 win and allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He permitted four runs in his previous two starts and six in the past three.

Sanchez is 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA this season and 3-2 in eight home starts. The right-hander has faced Oakland four times in his career, going 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA. He did not figure into the decision of a 3-1 loss at Oakland on May 28, when he tossed 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball with nine K's and one walk.

Detroit and Oakland split a four-game series by the bay from May 26-29.

06/30 10:28:19 ET

  • NFL: Chicago at Detroit

    Thursday at 12:30 pm on WRAL-TV

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    Thursday at 4:00 pm on FOX50

  • SEC: Arkansas at Missouri

    Friday at 2:30 pm on WRAL-TV

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  • CBB: Duke vs. Furman

    Wednesday at 5:00 pm on 620am

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    Wednesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Hurricanes at Florida

    Wednesday at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
4th
CHA 86
LAC 97
 
4th
CHA 86
LAC 97
 
4th
CLE 97
ORL 68
 
4th
PHI 95
POR 107
 
3rd
TOR 73
PHO 65
 
Half
HOU 51
NYK 46
 
2nd
DAL 31
IND 30
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
CHI
Final
UWGB 66
ECU 49
Final
WEBER 59
NEV 56
Final
FRES 52
EVAN 58
Final
KYST 88
PURD 79
Final
LSU 61
CLEM 64
Final
ALCOR 95
DILL 73
 
Final
CHIST 46
UGST 69
Final
DET 69
MDES 55
 
Final
ARZ 72
MIZZ 53
 
Final
INDST 61
PEAY 57
 
Final
FLGC 58
MAR 43
 
Final
LALAF 52
UWMIL 56
 
Final
ODU 58
GWEBB 46
 
Final
MD 78
ARST 73
 
Final
TOL 92
BUCK 65
 
Final
JMU 77
COL 71
 
2nd
WINT 64
ETST 61
 
Final
GSOUT 78
FIU 72
 
Final
BST 88
GRAM 46
 
2nd
APP 76
HAMP 64
 
Final
MAST 89
JVU 71
 
Final
XAV 89
MURST 62
 
2nd
WAKE 70
NICST 44
 
Final
MSU 79
SCU 52
 
Final
LOU 87
SAV 26
 
Final
TENT 81
SELA 62
 
2nd
VCU 53
VILL 77
 
2nd OT
OU 74
WCU 78
 
2nd
IND 61
EWASH 57
 
2nd
ILL 35
BRO 37
 
2nd
MSST 35
CLAYST 20
 
Half
BEL 41
LIP 27
 
2nd
TCU 65
MVSU 22
 
2nd
IOWA 37
PEPP 33
 
2nd
MEM 38
PVU 23
 
2nd
KU 51
RIDE 24
 
2nd
BAY 35
STEPH 22
 
Half
INCWORD 51
A 34
 
1st
USF 21
HAW 24
 
1st
OKST 18
ORST 18
 
1st
WYO 0
FAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
YALE
 
1st
CHAM 2
PITT 2
 
1st
ILLST 2
SHU 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
STET
 
9:30pm Tonight
ISU
ALA
9:30pm Tonight
SDKST
CHADRON
 
9:30pm Tonight
NCOL
CCHR
 
9:30pm Tonight
OREG
MICH
10:00pm Tonight
SDU
WMICH
10:05pm Tonight
PORST
SIUE
11:00pm Tonight
AUB
TULSA
11:30pm Tonight
SDST
BYU
3rd
NYI 0
PHI 0
 
3rd
BOS 2
PIT 2
 
2nd
FLA 1
MIN 3
 
2nd
DET 3
OTT 1
 
3rd
BUF 31
NYJ 3
 
1st
NOS 7
BAL 7