American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, September 14th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Tigers (75-67) at Cleveland Indians (60-84), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Justin Verlander (13-8, 2.91)
Cleveland - Corey Kluber (1-3, 5.26)
(Sports Network) - Justin Verlander tries to rebound from a shaky outing and
get the Detroit Tigers back atop the American League Central standings on
Friday when they open a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians at
Verlander didn't fare so well on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim, as he permitted six runs and nine hits in six innings. The loss
dropped him to 13-8 in 29 outings this season and raised his ERA to 2.91.
In 16 road assignments, Verlander is 6-6 with a 4.02 ERA.
Verlander lost the last time he pitched in Cleveland and is just 13-13
lifetime against the Indians with a 4.72 ERA in 29 starts.
"It was a battle for me all night," Verlander said after his last start with
the Tribe. "I didn't really feel great. I never really got in a groove and got
comfortable out there."
Detroit has won its last two after a four-game losing streak and enters
Friday's matchup a game back of the Chicago White Sox in the division. The
Tigers had the finale of their four-game set with the White Sox postponed on
Thursday because of rain.
Cleveland, meanwhile, won in thrilling fashion on Thursday, as Ezequiel
Carrera and Jason Kipnis both homered in the top of the ninth inning to lift
the Indians past the Texas Rangers, 5-4.
Matt LaPorta also hit a home run, as Cleveland snapped a five-game slide.
"We don't really have much to lose," said Kipnis. "We're not gonna just waste
at-bats and put our tail between our legs and just accept the loss. Why not
just go out there and see what we can get and see what kind of rally we can
Joe Smith allowed two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth before Scott
Maine (1-0) entered and left the bases loaded to earn the win. Chris Perez
worked around a two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth to secure his 36th
save of the season.
Getting the call for the Indians on Friday will be righty Corey Kluber, who is
1-3 with a 5.26 ERA. Kluber did not get a decision on Sunday against the
Minnesota Twins, as he gave up five runs (4 earned) and eight hits in only 3
Kluber picked up his first major league win two starts ago against the Tigers,
allowing two runs and six hits in six innings.
Cleveland is 9-6 against the Tigers this season.
09/14 10:38:55 ET