American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, April 20th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (8-9) at Detroit Tigers (8-6), 1:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Hector Santiago (0-2, 4.96)
Detroit - Rick Porcello (1-1, 4.15)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Hector Santiago aims for his first victory since last
August when he takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim against
the Detroit Tigers in the rubber match of a three-game set at Comerica Park.
The 26-year-old left-hander gave up five hits and a run through seven innings
of a no-decision against Oakland on Monday. In 10 career games (three starts)
versus the Tigers, he has an 0-2 record with one save and a 2.48 ERA. His last
win came as a member of the White Sox, Aug. 18, at Minnesota. He's lost four
consecutive decisions since that time.
Rick Porcello has been given plenty of rest since his last start on April 11
when he gave up 10 hits and five runs over 6 1/3 innings of a 6-0 defeat at
San Diego. The Tigers right-hander heads to the bump today with a 3-4 mark and
an 8.34 ERA in nine career contests against the Angels.
Detroit snapped a 10-game losing streak against Los Angeles with a 5-2 win on
Saturday. Max Scherzer (1-1) tossed seven solid innings, allowing just one run
and three hits while striking out nine for the Tigers, who beat the Angels for
the first time since Aug. 26, 2012.
"I can't say enough about how important that start was -- not only for us as a
team, but just for the bullpen," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "We had a
bunch of guys out there who really could use a day off."
Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez homered for Detroit, which bounced back
from an 11-6 loss in the opener of this series on Friday. Austin Jackson and
Ian Kinsler each knocked in a run.
Albert Pujols recorded the 498th homer of his career for the Angels, who also
got a homer from J.B. Shuck.
Los Angeles starter C.J. Wilson (2-2) gave up four runs -- three earned -- on
seven hits with three walks over five innings. He lost on the road for the
first time since last June 8 at Boston in the second contest of a
"It's pretty easy to see I was inconsistent today," Wilson said.
David Freese did not play for a second straight day for the Angels due to a
tight right quadriceps muscle he suffered Wednesday. He may return to the
04/20 10:25:57 ET