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
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
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