American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, August 30
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (73-60) at Chicago White Sox (60-74), 1:10 & 7:10 p.m. (DH)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game 1: Detroit - Max Scherzer (15-4, 3.13)
Chicago - Chris Sale (10-3, 2.03)
Game 2: Detroit - Kyle Ryan (0-0, 0.00)
Chicago - Chris Bassitt (0-0, 0.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers try to continue their climb back to
the top of the AL Central when they play a doubleheader against the Chicago
White Sox Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Tigers have pulled within a half-game of Kansas City in the division
standings and handed the White Sox a 7-1 defeat in Friday's series opener.
Justin Verlander was dominant through seven innings on the mound, as he
limited the White Sox to just a run and struck out eight batters.
"Just trying to execute better pitches, not walk so many guys, get ahead in
the count, those types of things," Verlander said.
Ian Kinsler and Torii Hunter had two RBI apiece and J.D. Martinez recorded
three hits and a run scored for the Tigers, who occupy the second wild card
spot in the AL and have won five of the last six games.
Detroit will visit Cleveland for four games on this eight-game trip and are
38-30 away from Comerica Park.
Max Scherzer tries for his 16th win of the season when he leads Detroit into
the opener of this doubleheader today. Scherzer is 15-4 with a 3.13 ERA and
the Tigers have won each of his last three starts, including Sunday's 13-4
blowout of the Minnesota Twins.
Scherzer permitted three runs in five innings and is 7-1 in his last eight
decisions. The right-hander and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner is 6-3 in 15
road starts this season and 12-5 with a 2.35 ERA in 22 career starts against
the White Sox. He is 4-0 with a sparkling 0.96 ERA in four starts against
Chicago this season.
The White Sox are coming off their ninth defeat in 10 tries on Friday and
starting pitcher Scott Carroll was dealt the loss for allowing seven runs --
three earned -- and 10 hits in five innings. The Tigers used a five-run fourth
inning to pull away.
"I feel like I'm so close, but I have to keep working and keep improving,"
Adam Dunn gave the White Sox a short-lived 1-0 lead in the first inning, but
the fourth inning extended Detroit's lead to 7-1. Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu
both finished with three hits for Chicago. Abreu is riding a nine-game hitting
streak and needs three RBI to become the fourth rookie in White Sox history to
record 100 in one season.
Chris Sale starts for the White Sox this afternoon and is 10-3 with an AL-best
2.03 earned run average. The left-hander is winless (0-2) in his last five
starts and did not receive a decision in last Sunday's 7-4 loss to the New
York Yankees in the Bronx, charged with four unearned runs in six innings.
Sale struck out seven batters and has fanned at least that many in each of the
past seven trips to the mound. He is 7-3 in 13 home starts and 4-5 with a 2.85
ERA in 19 career games (9 starts) against the Tigers. Sale suffered a hard-
luck loss to the Tigers back on June 12 in a 4-0 defeat and gave up only a run
in seven innings with 10 K's and no walks.
Kyle Ryan will make his major league debut for the Tigers in the nightcap, as
will Chris Bassitt for the White Sox. Ryan compiled a 3-0 mark and a 1.64 ERA
in five starts with Triple-A Toledo. Bassitt went 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA in six
starts at the Double-A level.
The Tigers and White Sox are playing this twinbill to make up a June 10
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