American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, September 5th
(All times eastern)
Cleveland Indians (58-78) at Detroit Tigers (72-63), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Ubaldo Jimenez (9-14, 5.61)
Detroit - Doug Fister (7-8, 3.67)
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers try to avoid a three-game sweep at the
hands of the lowly Cleveland Indians on Wednesday at Comerica Park.
Detroit swept the Chicago White Sox this past weekend to move into a first-
place tie in the American League Central. However, the Tigers have lost the
first two games of their set with the Indians and now enter Wednesday's finale
a game back of the White Sox in the division.
On Tuesday, Justin Masterson pitched six strong innings to help Cleveland eke
out a 3-2 win. Asdrubal Cabrera, Michael Brantley and Jack Hannahan all drove
in a run for the Indians, who have won three of four after dropping 15 of 16.
Masterson (11-12) gave up two runs on four hits with a walk and four
strikeouts for the Indians, who have taken the first two of this set and are
poised for their first three-game sweep since June 18-20 against Cincinnati.
"Another well-pitched game and that's the key against a good team like the
Tigers," said Cleveland manager Manny Acta about Masterson. "I thought he
threw the ball extremely well and did a fantastic job."
Miguel Cabrera's two-run home run accounted for the offense for the Tigers,
while Rick Porcello (9-11) lost his fifth straight start as he gave up three
runs on eight hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.
"We obviously have come up short the past two days and this time of year we
have to play better than that," said Porcello. "We need to win games and
series against division opponents if we want to be in the playoffs."
Getting the call for the Tigers on Wednesday will be righty Doug Fister, who
is 7-8 with a 3.67 ERA. Fister did not get a decision on Friday against the
White Sox, as he allowed three runs (2 earned) and four hits in five innings,
but walked four batters in his team's 7-4 win.
Fister gave up a run in a complete game win over the Tribe back on Aug.4 and
is 4-3 in 11 starts against them with a 2.33 ERA.
Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who has lost
his last three decisions. Jimenez lost to Texas on Friday, as he surrendered
four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings to fall to 9-14 to go along with a
Jimenez lost to Fister and the Tigers in that Aug 4. encounter and is a mere
4-6 lifetime against them with a 5.26 ERA in 11 starts.
Cleveland is 9-5 against the Tigers this season.
09/05 10:30:58 ET