American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (50-44) at Detroit Tigers (51-44), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Philip Humber (4-4, 5.77)
Detroit - Jacob Turner (0-1, 10.29)
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers will try for a home sweep of the AL
Central-rival Chicago White Sox as the three-game weekend series concludes
Sunday Afternoon at Comerica Park.
The Tigers took care of business on Saturday afternoon in easy fashion,
beating the White Sox 7-1 and taking over sole possession of first place in
the division in the process.
After four scoreless innings, it was Chicago that struck first in the top of
the fifth with a Dayan Viciedo RBI single, but Detroit answered with seven
unanswered runs to end the game.
Austin Jackson went 2-for-4 with four RBI and is now hitting .317 on the
season. Brennan Boesch belted his 10th home run in the bottom of the sixth
Rick Porcello (7-5) put together one of his finest outings of the year,
pitching eight strong innings while allowing just five hits and one earned
run, striking out four and walking none.
"On paper, you can say whatever you want, but if you don't perform on the
field then it means nothing," Porcello said of the Tigers coming on of late
after a slow start to the season. "We all believed in each other, and we've
still got a lot of work to do. This isn't over yet. This is just getting
It was a rare poor performance from Chris Sale (11-3), who allowed seven hits,
four walks and five earned runs in seven innings of work. It was only the
second time all season that Sale has allowed five earned runs in a start.
Philip Humber will pitch for the White Sox on Sunday and despite throwing a
perfect game back in April, he has struggled for most of the year with a 4-4
record and a 5.77 ERA.
Humber returned to the rotation on July 17 after missing more than a month
with a right flexor strain, pitching six innings while allowing six hits and
two earned runs in a 7-5 win over Boston.
"This was what we expect out of him in locating and keeping people off
balance," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Humber's return to the
rotation. "He was getting ahead early and then locating in key counts and not
really giving them a whole lot to swing at."
The right-hander has found some success against Detroit in limited
opportunities in his career, striking out 13 in 11 innings with a 3.27 ERA.
Making his third start of the season for the Tigers is Jacob Turner, who is
0-1 with a 10.29 ERA.
The ninth overall pick in 2009 got knocked around in his last start, going two
innings and allowing six hits, two walks, three homers and seven earned runs
in a 13-0 loss to the Angels on July 17.
The 21-year-old right-hander is looking for his first career win.
The Tigers have taken 14 of 17 meetings with the White Sox at Comerica.
07/22 10:36:34 ET