MLB

more stats

American League Preview from The Sports Network



Thursday, May 8th (All times Eastern)

Houston Astros (10-24) at Detroit Tigers (20-9), 1:08 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Dallas Keuchel (2-2, 3.96) Detroit - Drew Smyly (2-1, 2.45)

(SportsNetwork.com) - If the Detroit Tigers aren't already the best team in baseball, they're certainly making a case for winning over any remaining doubters. And left-hander Drew Smyly will get the chance to continue the quest on Thursday afternoon, when he and the Tigers aim for their ninth consecutive victory in the finale of a four-game series with the Houston Astros at Comerica Park.

The hosts won their third straight over the visiting Astros on Wednesday, when Victor Martinez's solo homer in the sixth inning proved to be the difference in a 3-2 decision.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Tigers and Rick Porcello (5-1) allowed two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Marwin Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler each had an RBI for the Astros, who have dropped five straight.

Brad Peacock (0-3) gave up three runs on four hits with four walks over 6 2/3 innings.

Smyly gets another chance to stay in the starting rotation as well. He made 18 starts to begin his career in 2012 before making 63 appearances in relief last season and beginning 2014 with two more arrivals from the bullpen.

He's made three starts since, though, and tossed seven innings in his most recent outing - striking out six and allowing just two hits in a 9-2 defeat of Kansas City on Saturday.

"Smyly was outstanding," manager Brad Ausmus said. "I think he had nine days since his last start. He was throwing strikes (and) he seemed to be using all his pitches, which is important as a starter. He pitched really well."

Dallas Keuchel gets the call for Houston with the chance to last at least six innings for the sixth straight game.

He allowed four runs in six innings of a Saturday start against Seattle, a game the Astros lost, 9-8.

He'd surrendered just two hits through five innings and a single run in six, but was tagged with three more runs in the seventh without recording an out.

"I just felt kind of sluggish," Keuchel said. "There are a few games every once in a while where you feel sluggish out of the gate, and I was thankful to make it through the first couple unscathed. It feels like a train hit me in the seventh. It's not like me to walk three guys in a row."

He had a start and a relief appearance against the Tigers in 2013 and went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA.

Houston has lost 10 of 11 against the Tigers.

05/08 10:16:56 ET

  • CFB: Maryland at Syracuse

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Detroit at Kansas City

    Today at 12:30 pm on FOX50

  • SEC: Florida at Alabama

    Today at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • High School Wrap Up Show

    Today at 9:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Today at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • SEC: Florida at Alabama

    Today at 3:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: NC State vs. Presbyterian

    Tonight at 6:00 on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
12:30pm Today
DUKE
TULA
3:30pm Today
ECU
UNC
6:00pm Tonight
TOWSN
NCCU
 
6:00pm Tonight
NCSU
PRES
 
Final
CHC 5
LOS 14
Final
BAL 3
BOS 5
Final
PIT 4
MIL 2
Final
NYY 5
TOR 3
Final
TAM 3
CWS 4
Final
MIA 2
WAS 3
Final
ATL 0
NYM 5
Final
COL 15
ARI 3
Final
MIN 5
CLE 4
Final
KAN 1
DET 10
Final
HOU 5
SEA 10
Final
STL 2
CIN 1
Final
OAK 3
PHI 1
Final
ANA 3
TEX 12
Final
SDP 5
SFG 0
1:05pm Today
KAN
DET
 
1:05pm Today
CHC
LOS
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
PHI
 
4:05pm Today
NYY
TOR
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
BOS
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
NYM
 
7:10pm Tonight
HOU
SEA
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
7:15pm Tonight
STL
CIN
 
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
 
9:05pm Tonight
ANA
TEX
 
Final
SFLA 17
UCONN 14
12:00pm Today
WISC
BGU
12:00pm Today
MSU
EMICH
12:00pm Today
VT
GT
12:00pm Today
PITT
IOWA
12:00pm Today
RICE
ODU
12:00pm Today
UGA
TROY
12:30pm Today
SYR
MD
12:30pm Today
DUKE
TULA
2:00pm Today
COL
HAW
2:00pm Today
AKR
MARS
3:30pm Today
WAKE
ARMY
3:30pm Today
KU
CMICH
3:30pm Today
ALA
UF
3:30pm Today
FIU
LOU
3:30pm Today
ECU
UNC
3:30pm Today
NAVY
RUTG
3:30pm Today
SMU
TEXAM
3:30pm Today
MICH
UTAH
3:30pm Today
BYU
UVA
4:00pm Today
WYO
FATL
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
IND
4:00pm Today
PSU
UMASS
4:00pm Today
MINN
SJST
4:00pm Today
ILL
TXST
6:00pm Tonight
WASH
GASTATE
7:00pm Tonight
SMISS
APPST
7:00pm Tonight
TOL
BST
7:00pm Tonight
OHIO
IDAHO
7:00pm Tonight
CIN
UMO
7:00pm Tonight
MEM
MTST
7:00pm Tonight
LSU
MSST
7:00pm Tonight
ARK
NILL
7:00pm Tonight
ARKST
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
SALABAMA
GASO
7:30pm Tonight
WVU
OKLA
7:30pm Tonight
VANDY
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
FSU
CLEM
8:00pm Tonight
NEB
MIAMI
8:00pm Tonight
NMST
NMU
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
UNLV
10:00pm Tonight
ARZ
CAL
10:30pm Tonight
BSU
LALAF
10:30pm Tonight
WASU
OREG
10:30pm Tonight
ORST
SDST
6:00pm Tonight
TOWSN
NCCU
 
6:00pm Tonight
NCSU
PRES