American League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, July 17th (All times eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (49-41) at Detroit Tigers (47-43), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Garrett Richards (2-1, 4.21) Detroit - Jacob Turner (0-0, 1.80)
(Sports Network) - Former first-round pick Jacob Turner makes his second start of 2012 tonight, when the Detroit Tigers host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in game two of a four-game set at Comerica Park.
The ninth overall selection in 2009, Turner reached the majors with three starts last season and was 0-1 with an 8.53 earned run average while allowing 17 hits and walking four batters in 12 2/3 innings.
He's spent time in the minors at Single-A Lakeland and Triple-A Toledo this season, going 5-4 in 14 starts with a 2.77 ERA in 84 1/3 innings.
His lone big-league appearance of the year came June 21 against St. Louis, when he pitched five interleague innings and allowed a run on four hits in a game the Tigers ultimately won, 2-1.
Overall, in 17 2/3 innings in the majors, batters are hitting a combined .296 against him.
On Monday, Brennan Boesch capped a three-run seventh inning with a two-run home run and the Tigers held on for an 8-6 win.
Delmon Young knocked in two runs, Prince Fielder went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and two runs scored and Quintin Berry added three hits, including an RBI single, and two critical stolen bases in the victory for the Tigers, winners in eight of their last nine games.
"It never feels good when you don't come through, but it makes it all worth it when you do," Boesch said. "You're not always going to come through in big situations, but it feels really special when you do."
Octavio Dotel (3-2) earned the win with an inning and one-third of scoreless relief behind starter Rick Porcello, who allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 frames.
Torii Hunter finished 4-for-5 with three RBI, while Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each drove in a run for the Angels, who have dropped three of their past four.
LaTroy Hawkins (2-2) suffered the loss after allowing Boesch's go-ahead long ball.
Tonight, the Angels start fellow youngster Garrett Richards, who also debuted in the majors last season and was drafted in 2009.
The Riverside, CA native pitched in seven games and made three starts with Los Angeles in 2011, working 14 innings overall while allowing 16 hits and 11 runs.
He tossed an inning of scoreless relief in his 2012 debut against the New York Yankees on May 30 and has since won twice and lost once while making six starts.
He was hit hard in his last two assignments before the All-Star break, allowing a combined 17 runs on 19 hits in 8 2/3 innings against Toronto and Baltimore.
Los Angeles is 5-2 in games he's pitched.
This series is the first between the teams in 2012. The Angels won the season matchup last year, 4-3, while the Tigers won six of 10 games in 2010.
07/17 10:35:48 ET