MLB

more stats

American League Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, August 4th (All times Eastern)

Chicago White Sox (40-68) at Detroit Tigers (63-45), 1:08 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00) Detroit - Rick Porcello (8-6, 4.49)

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers will try to complete a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox when the two teams match up in an AL Central battle at Comerica Park on Sunday.

Doug Fister shut down the White Sox on Friday night as the Tigers earned a 2-1 victory to open up the three-game set.

Saturday was much of the same as another strong pitching performance from a Detroit starter carried Detroit in a 3-0 victory.

Max Scherzer was just about as dominant as he has been all season in earning his Major League-leading 16th win in the contest. The right-hander gave up just three hits over 7 2/3 innings of work while striking out six batters. Recent trade acquisition Jose Veras got the final out in the eighth inning and then Joaquin Benoit shut the door with a scoreless ninth as he picked up his 12th save.

The Tigers were powered on offense by solo home runs from Torii Hunter, Jhonny Peralta and Jose Iglesias, another trade pickup by the Tigers. Detroit has won seven straight games and 11 of its last 12 and remained three games ahead of the Indians for the Al Central lead.

Miguel Cabrera was not in the lineup for the second straight night after he was scratched from the lineup on Friday with an abdominal injury.

John Danks fell to 2-9 on the season despite allowing just three runs on six hits in seven innings of work for the White Sox. Chicago went just 4-for-20 as a team and had no extra-base hits. The loss was the ninth straight for the White Sox.

Coming off his impressive MLB debut, rookie Andre Rienzo will try to keep the success going when he finishes the series for the White Sox.

Rienzo was called up to make a start on Tuesday and certainly left a solid impression. The 25-year-old Brazilian pitched seven innings and did not allow an earned run, though three unearned runs came across, while striking out six batters against Cleveland. Even though he did not factor in the decision, expectations have obviously elevated for the pitcher.

An undrafted free agent signing in 2006, Rienzo spent the beginning of the 2013 season with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. In 20 starts he compiled an 8-6 record and a 4.06 ERA.

At 24 years old, Rick Porcello is actually younger than his opposing pitcher in this contest. Porcello originally came up at the age of 20 during the 2009 season for the Tigers and since has been a fixture in the rotation.

On Sunday Porcello will be making his 20th start of the season as he looks to improve on his 8-6 record and 4.49 ERA.

Porcello had a very nice July as he went a perfect 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts during the month. The most recent of those outings came last Sunday when he allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings against the Phillies.

Two of Porcello's four starts in July actually came against the White Sox. While picking up wins in each contest, Porcello also posted a 2.08 ERA and struck out seven batters in 13 innings. In his career against Chicago, Porcello is 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

Detroit has a 6-3 edge over Chicago in the season series.

08/04 10:43:51 ET

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASCAR: Toyota Owner's 400 from Richmond

    Saturday at 7:00 pm on FOX50

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls at Charlotte

    Tonight at 7:05 on 620am

  • MLB: LA Angels at NY Yankees

    Saturday at 1:05 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR
 
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
Final
CHC 5
ARI 7
Final
COL 10
SFG 12
Final
OAK 0
TEX 3
Final
SEA 5
HOU 3
Final
PIT 2
CIN 5
Final
CLE 5
KAN 3
Final
WAS 5
ANA 4
Final
TOR 8
BAL 10
Final
DET 4
CWS 6
Final
TAM 4
MIN 6
Final
BOS 5
NYY 1
Final
NYM 3
STL 2
Final
MIL 5
SDP 2
Final
LOS 5
PHI 2
12:05pm Today
CLE
KAN
 
12:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CWS
 
1:10pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
STL
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
ARI
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
SDP
 
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
 
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
Final
SAN 92
DAL 113
Final
HOU 105
POR 112
7:00pm Tonight
ATL
IND
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
OKC
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
Final
CLB 4
PIT 3
Final
DAL 4
ANA 2
Final
CHI 4
STL 3
8:00pm Tonight
DET
BOS
9:30pm Tonight
MIN
COL
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
SJS
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:05pm Tonight
CHR
DUR