Detroit Tigers (54-44) at Chicago White Sox (39-57), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Rick Porcello (6-6, 4.80)
Chicago - Hector Santiago (3-5, 3.30)
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers will shoot for a third consecutive
victory on Tuesday when they battle the Chicago White Sox in the second test
of a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Tigers used a strong outing from All-Star Max Scherzer, who allowed two
runs and four hits over eight innings in Detroit's 7-3 victory. Scherzer also
struck out five without walking a batter.
The win pushed Scherzer's record to 14-1 this season, tying him with Tampa
Bay's Matt Moore for the most victories in the majors.
Thanks to a Cleveland loss to Seattle on Monday, Detroit was able to extend
its lead atop the AL Central to 2 1/2 games. However, it wasn't all good news
for the Tigers, as the club saw third baseman and reigning AL MVP Miguel
Cabrera exit the game due to a sore left hip flexor muscle. Cabrera was
replaced by Don Kelly and is listed as day-to-day.
"He's tough, he won't be out long," Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter said. "If
you need to rest him a couple of days, I guess we have to do that. We need him
for the long run."
Cabrera, who won the Triple Crown last season, is leading the AL with a .358
batting average and is second in home runs (31) and runs batted in (96).
Victor Martinez singled four times and drove in three runs on Monday for the
Tigers, who won back-to-back contests for the first time since winning five
straight from July 2-6. Hunter launched a solo homer.
Chicago's Chris Sale (6-9) struck out 11 batters in an eight-inning
performance on Monday, but the lefty fell to 1-7 over his last nine starts.
The All-Star surrendered four runs -- two earned -- and walked three in the
Conor Gillaspie and Dayan Viciedo homered for the last-place White Sox, who
had just five hits and saw their two-game wining streak stopped. Chicago also
committed three errors in the game.
"If we play better defense, we're probably in that game a little more," White
Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Rick Porcello will take the mound Tuesday for Detroit in his first outing
since serving a six-game suspension for hitting Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist on
June 30. Porcello appealed the ruling and pitched twice more before the start
of the All-Star break, going 2-0 while allowing just three runs over 13 total
innings in those outings.
After tossing seven shutout innings in a win at Cleveland on July 5, the
right-hander beat the White Sox with a six-inning, three-run outing on July
All told, Porcello is 6-5 with a 4.92 ERA in 12 career games -- all starts --
against the White Sox.
Meanwhile, the White Sox hope lefty Hector Santiago can turn in a repeat
performance of his last outing on Tuesday, even though it came in a losing
effort. Santiago struck out nine batters while allowing just one run and three
hits over 7 1/3 inning in Philadelphia on July 13. The Phillies won the
contest by a 2-1 score.
Santiago has three no-decisions in as many July starts despite recording a
strong 2.28 ERA in those outings.
Although Santiago has appeared in seven career games against the Tigers this
will be his first start. The converted reliever has compiled a 1.64 ERA in his
relief appearances against Detroit.
Detroit and the White Sox have split four meetings this season after the
Tigers claimed 12 of 18 encounters in 2012.