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Tuesday, August 12
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (63-53) at Pittsburgh Pirates (63-55), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Robbie Ray (1-1, 4.70)
Pittsburgh - Edinson Volquez (9-7, 3.70)
(SportsNetwork.com) - So much for rested bullpens.
The Detroit Tigers used seven relief pitchers in a 19-inning loss on Sunday
and figured Justin Verlander could eat some innings as a starter on Monday.
Instead, the former Cy Young Award winner was gone by the end of the second
inning thanks to a sore shoulder, leaving the Tigers to head into Tuesday's
second game with the Pittsburgh Pirates in familiar fatigued territory.
Detroit sends youngster Robbie Ray to the mound at PNC Park for the finale of
a two-game set with the Pirates, with both teams now holding second place in
their respective American and National League Central Divisions. The teams
will meet again for two games in Detroit, beginning on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Verlander will have an MRI prior to Tuesday's game.
"The ball wasn't really coming out of his hand," manager Brad Ausmus said. "So
after watching him finish the inning I decided I didn't want to risk him
getting seriously injured."
Detroit had recalled three relievers from Triple-A Toledo before Monday's game
and all three followed Verlander to the mound after his early exit. Monday's
loss dropped the Tigers a half-game behind streaking Kansas City in the AL
Central and was their fifth in six games.
Ray, a rookie, takes the rotation place of Anibal Sanchez while making his
first big-league appearance since allowing seven runs in less than four
innings of a 9-2 loss to Texas in May. In two prior starts with the Tigers,
he'd allowed a single run in 11 1/3 innings.
In 19 games at Toledo, he's 7-5 with a 3.72 earned run average.
First-year players haven't fared so well against the Pirates, going 1-5 with a
3.48 in 12 starts.
Veteran Edinson Volquez gets the call for Pittsburgh after a Thursday outing
in which he gave up one hit in seven innings of a 7-2 win against Miami. The
outing ended a sluggish streak in which the former All-Star has posted a 5.74
ERA in three turns.
He's 0-2 lifetime against Detroit, but hasn't faced them in seven years.
Volquez was an 8-1 winner over Tampa Bay in his last interleague start in
June, but is just 5-7 with a 5.04 ERA in his last 15 starts against the
On Monday, Starling Marte's three-run triple highlighted a five-run opening
inning against Verlander, and the Pirates rolled to an 11-6 victory.
Verlander has never been on the disabled list and has never missed a start due
to injury. He was charged with four hits and four earned runs, while walking
two and fanning three. His ERA climbed to 4.76.
Travis Snider belted a pair of homers and drove in four runs, while Russell
Martin and Ike Davis smacked back-to-back home runs for the Pirates.
08/12 10:45:53 ET