American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 19th
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (65-55) at Detroit Tigers (64-56), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Wei-Yin Chen (11-7, 3.70)
Detroit - Doug Fister (7-7, 3.24)
(Sports Network) - The Baltimore Orioles will try to hang onto an American
League Wild Card spot today as they finish their three-game series with the
Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
The Tigers come into Sunday trailing Baltimore by one game for the second AL
Wild Card berth and Chicago by 1 1/2 games in the Central Division. The
Orioles hold just a one-half game lead over Oakland in the Wild Card standings
and trail the Yankees by six games in AL East.
Baltimore bounced back from its loss in the series opener with a 3-2 victory
over the Tigers in the second game on Saturday. Detroit failed to get anything
going against Zach Britton, who threw seven scoreless innings. Designated
hitter Chris Davis provided an offensive boost with a three-run home run while
Nick Markakis continued to thrive in the leadoff spot.
Davis had not contributed an extra base hit in August and came into Saturday's
game hitting .176 with 18 strikeouts in the month.
Markakis is batting .329 with 15 extra base hits and 24 runs scored over the
past 35 games while hitting first in the order.
Baltimore will go for the series win by sending Wei-Yin Chen to the mound.
Chen is coming off a career-high nine hits on Tuesday, but he spread them out
over six innings and surrendered only one run in the club's 7-1 victory over
Boston. The southpaw has earned a winning decision in three of his last four
"Chen is good," said Boston Red Sox outfielder Cody Ross. "He locates his ball
as good as anybody. He was getting some big outs when he needed to and big
Chen has held his opponents to three runs or fewer in six of his past seven
starts which includes a six-inning, one run performance against Detroit. No
batter on the Tigers has more than three at-bats against Chen.
Anibal Sanchez, whom Detroit acquired from Miami before the non-waiver trade
deadline, was originally slated to start Sunday's game before his turn in the
rotation was pushed back to Wednesday.
Detroit will instead counter with Doug Fister. The right-hander overcame some
poor defense by his fielders that gave up four unearned runs in his past start
and lasted eight inning without surrendering an earned run. The Tigers' right-
hander has been on fire since the All-Star break and recorded quality starts
in seven straight appearances as his team tries to catch up in the AL Central
"We go out there every day saying we have to win this game no matter what,"
Fister said. "We want our future to be in our hands and not relying on someone
else. We just have to take care of our business and go about our business the
right way, and hopefully it will pan out for us."
Fister is 3-1 with a 3.94 ERA in five career starts against the Orioles.
The Tigers offense was shut down on Saturday as Jhonny Peralta's two-run
single in the eighth was the only play that put runs on the board. Prince
Fielder went 0-for-2 with two walks one day after belting two home runs.
Miguel Cabrera stayed hot with his fourth straight multi-hit game and his
sixth consecutive game with a hit overall.
Detroit won two of three games in a July series against the O's and the teams
split their 2011 season series, five games apiece.
08/19 11:06:48 ET