MLB

more stats

American League Preview from The Sports Network



Wednesday, July 10th (All times Eastern)

Chicago White Sox (35-52) at Detroit Tigers (49-40), 7:08 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.97) Detroit - Rick Porcello (5-6, 4.82)

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers were blind-sided by the Chicago White Sox in the opener of this three-game series and shoot for a bounce-back effort Wednesday from Comerica Park.

The Tigers were handed an 11-4 loss Tuesday and a seven-run eighth inning by Chicago put the game out of reach. Justin Verlander was on point until that inning and was dealt the loss for giving up 12 hits and five runs in seven- plus innings of work. Verlander is 9-6 on the season.

"I wasn't crisp ... just one of those days it happens," Verlander admitted. "I felt good but I just wasn't able to execute there in the eighth."

Matt Tuiasosopo, Don Kelly and Miguel Cabrera all homered for the Tigers, who had won five straight until losing two of the past three and are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central lead. Cabrera has homered three times in the past four games and has 29 on the season.

The slugger has the most home runs by a Tiger before the All-Star break and leads the majors with 92 RBI.

Detroit is one win away from 50 on the season and will turn to Rick Porcello on Wednesday. Porcello was recently suspended six games for hitting Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist with a pitch on June 30 and appealed the penalty. He halted a personal three-game losing streak in Friday's 7-0 win at Cleveland, where he delivered seven shutout innings.

Porcello, who allowed 16 runs during his recent slide, is 5-6 in 17 games (16 starts) to go along with a 4.82 ERA. The hard-throwing right-hander has made 11 career starts against the White Sox and sports a 5-5 record and a 4.96 ERA to show for it. He is 2-2 in eight starts at home.

Chicago halted a four-game slide overall and had lost four in a row away from home until Tuesday's breakout performance. Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer and Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run shot in that crucial eighth inning. Viciedo ended with two homers and four RBI, while Alex Rios was 6-for-6 with two RBI for the White Sox, who pounded out 23 hits.

"I don't know how to describe it," Rios said of going 6-for-6. "It's fun and when you feel that you're making progress it feels even better."

Rios matched both a franchise and American League single-game record and became the first player to get four hits off Verlander.

The White Sox had five players with three or more hits.

Dylan Axelrod is still searching for his first win since May 26 and will get the call for the White Sox Wednesday. Axelrod is 0-2 with a 6.23 earned run average in his last seven starts and Chicago is 2-5 in that span.

Axelrod had won three straight starts before the current drought and couldn't even get out of the second inning of an 8-3 loss at Tampa Bay on July 5, when he was tagged for five runs and nine hits in 1 2/3 innings. Axelrod is 3-5 in 17 starts with a 4.97 ERA.

The right-hander, who is 1-4 in nine road starts this season, owns an 0-1 mark and a 5.84 ERA in four career games (2 starts) against the Tigers.

The White Sox and Tigers are meeting for the first time since the Tigers went 12-6 a season ago. Chicago ended a seven-game slide at Comerica Park on Tuesday and is 5-19 in the past 24 road games overall.

Detroit has still won nine of the last 12 matchups with Chicago.

07/10 10:41:07 ET

  • The Logan Zone

    Tomorrow at 11:30 am on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Washington at Philadelphia

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Oakland at New England

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Denver at Seattle

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Green Bay at Detroit

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Columbus

    Tomorrow at 1:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Kansas City at Baltimore

    Tomorrow at 4:30 pm on 620am

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 8:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
 
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
Final
OAK 0
PHI 3
Final
NYY 3
TOR 6
Final
COL 5
ARI 1
Final
BAL 7
BOS 2
9th
PIT 0
MIL 1
 
Final
TAM 3
CWS 1
 
7th
MIN 2
CLE 7
 
Final
ATL 2
NYM 4
 
Final
HOU 10
SEA 1
Final
MIA 2
WAS 3
 
Final
STL 8
CIN 4
 
6th
SDP 3
SFG 0
 
5th
ANA 5
TEX 0
 
Final
WISC 68
BGU 17
Final
MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
Final
PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
Final
SYR 20
MD 34
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
Final
AKR 17
MARS 48
Final
WAKE 24
ARMY 21
Final
KU 24
CMICH 10
Final
ALA 42
UF 21
Final
FIU 3
LOU 34
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
 
Final
NAVY 24
RUTG 31
Final
SMU 6
TEXAM 58
Final
MICH 10
UTAH 26
Final
BYU 41
UVA 33
Final
WYO 20
FATL 19
Final
MIZZ 27
IND 31
Final
PSU 48
UMASS 7
Final
MINN 24
SJST 7
Final
ILL 42
TXST 35
 
Final
WASH 45
GASTATE 14
Final
SMISS 21
APPST 20
 
2nd
TOL 20
BST 6
 
Final
OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
 
Final
CIN 31
UMO 24
 
Final
MEM 36
MTST 17
 
4th
LSU 22
MSST 34
 
Final
ARK 52
NILL 14
 
1st OT
ARKST 14
UTST 14
 
4th
SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
 
3rd
WVU 27
OKLA 38
 
4th
VANDY 24
SCAR 34
 
3rd
NEB 31
MIAMI 21
 
3rd
NMST 28
NMU 24
 
3rd
HOU 30
UNLV 7
 
3rd
FSU 10
CLEM 10
 
1st
ARZ 0
CAL 14
 
10:30pm Tonight
ORST
SDST
10:36pm Tonight
WASU
OREG
10:40pm Tonight
BSU
LALAF
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0