American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 5th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (31-26) at Detroit Tigers (31-25), 7:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.66)
Detroit - Doug Fister (5-2, 3.28)
(Sports Network) - Doug Fister tries to keep the Detroit Tigers in the win
column on Wednesday when they play the middle test of their three-game series
with the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park.
Fister enters his start Wednesday on the heels of his best outing of the
season. The right-hander scattered four hits and struck out 12 over seven
scoreless innings in Pittsburgh on Thursday, but did not factor in the
decision of his team's 1-0 loss.
"Terrific, gutty performance," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said after that
Fister, who became the first Tigers pitcher since 1916 to strike out 12 or
more over seven scoreless innings without earning a victory, is 5-2 on the
year with a 3.28 ERA.
He's faced the Rays five times (4 starts) and is 2-2 with a 2.77 ERA.
Tampa, meanwhile, will counter with righty Alex Cobb, who has not pitched
since May 26 because of a cracked fingernail on his right middle finger. He's
6-2 this season with a 2.66 ERA.
"I had that itch going when it was supposed to be my turn Friday," said Cobb,
who is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA over his last three starts "(The time off has been)
much needed, because I would not have been able to be effective if we didn't
take this extra time, so it was a smart move to do it. Now I'm definitely
ready to get back out there."
Cobb has faced the Tigers twice and is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in those outings.
Detroit won for only the second time in seven tries in Tuesday's opener, as
Anibal Sanchez outpitched the previously undefeated Matt Moore to help the
Tigers to a 10-1 rout.
Moore (8-1) was trying to become the sixth-youngest starter since 1916 to
begin the season 9-0, but surrendered six runs on seven hits and a career
high-tying six walks before being pulled with no outs in the third inning.
Prince Fielder led Detroit's offensive surge with a home run and four RBI
during a three-hit night, while Omar Infante homered and drove in three in the
The production was more than enough as Sanchez (6-5) twirled seven innings of
one-run ball while striking out nine and allowing just four hits and a walk.
Detroit beat the Rays in five of the seven meetings last season and is 13-3 in
the last 16 matchups.
06/05 10:23:46 ET