American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, May 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (20-21) at Cleveland Indians (23-18), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Rick Porcello (3-3, 5.12)
Cleveland - Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3, 5.09)
(Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians get a chance to show the Detroit
Tigers they are in fact for real this evening when the American League Central
rivals start a three-game series at Progressive Field.
The Indians, who lost their final 10 meetings to Detroit last season, enter
this series atop the division, holding a three-game lead on under-achieving
Detroit, which comes into tonight's opener in third place, boasting a 20-21
Cleveland dropped two of three over the weekend to the Miami Marlins, falling
in Sunday's rubber match, 5-3. Derek Lowe (6-2) was pegged with the loss after
giving up two runs on six hits over six frames.
"It was another well-pitched ballgame and we just cracked first out of the
bullpen," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "A couple of walks came back to
haunt us. That is something we need to improve upon."
Free passes have certainly been a problem for Ubaldo Jimenez, who takes the
hill for the Tribe tonight. Jimenez is among the league leaders with 32 walks
in 46 innings and is 4-3 on the year with a 5.09 ERA.
Jimenez, who is 2-5 in seven starts versus the Tigers, won for the second time
in three starts on Wednesday against Seattle, as he allowed three runs and
five hits in six innings.
Detroit, meanwhile, will counter with righty Rick Porcello, who is 3-3 with a
5.12 ERA. Porcello did not get a decision against the Minnesota Twins on
Wednesday, as he allowed six runs (two earned) and six hits in four innings of
his team's 11-7 loss.
The Tigers have lost four of Porcello's last six starts.
Porcello has faced the Tribe 12 times and is 5-1 against them with a 3.86 ERA.
The Tigers moved within a game of .500 on Sunday, as Max Scherzer struck out a
career-high 15 batters in a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates to claim that
Scherzer (3-3) surrendered just four hits, two of which were solo homers, and
walked only one batter over seven innings. Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth and
earned his first save of the season.
"Whenever you can do something to really help the team to win, it's a
gratifying feeling for anybody in this clubhouse," remarked Scherzer. "For me
to go out there and have a game like today that helped get the series win, it
puts a smile on my face."
The Tigers haven't won back-to-back games since defeating the Royals on April
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