American League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, June 7th
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (30-25) at Detroit Tigers (25-31), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Derek Lowe (7-3, 3.06)
Detroit - Casey Crosby (0-1, 16.20)
(Sports Network) - Things didn't go well for Casey Crosby in his major league
debut. He hopes for a better showing this afternoon when the Detroit Tigers
try to salvage the finale of a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at
Crosby's command failed him against the New York Yankees on Friday, as he
walked four batters and allowed six runs and four hits in just 3 1/3 innings.
"You just file that one away, run him out there against Cleveland [next
Wednesday], and see what he does," Detroit manager Leyland said after that
start. "The equipment's there. We asked a lot of the kid tonight, but we've
been forced this year into a lot of different situations. We just have to
Cleveland, meanwhile, will hand the ball to veteran Derek Lowe, who bounced
back from a horrific outing two starts ago to beat the Minnesota Twins on
Friday. After giving up eight runs in only 2 1/3 innings to the White Sox back
on May 26, Lowe held the Twins in check, yielding just a run and five hits in
6 2/3 innings.
"There was no panic," said Lowe, who improved to 7-3 to go along with a 3.06
ERA. "In years past, I would have probably tried to look back too much at the
last game. You just understand that, don't try and watch video to figure it
out. Just admit that you did bad."
Lowe has faced the Tigers 29 times (10 starts) and is 7-2 against them with a
Cleveland beat the Tigers for the fifth straight time this season on
Wednesday, as Michael Brantley belted a three-run homer and Casey Kotchman
added a two-run blast to lift the Tribe to a 9-6 win.
Jeanmar Gomez (4-4) got the win despite allowing six runs on seven hits and
one walk over five frames, while Chris Perez fired a scoreless ninth to record
his 19th save of the season.
Max Scherzer (5-4) surrendered eight runs -- five earned -- on seven hits and
three walks over 4 1/3 innings to take the loss. Miguel Cabrera and Don Kelly
both hit solo shots, but the Tigers lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Heading into this series Detroit had won its last seven at home against the
Indians. Last season, the Tigers went 8-1 versus the Tribe at Comerica and
have only dropped six of their last 29 at home in the series.
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