American League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, May 19th (All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (27-12) at Cleveland Indians (19-25), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Drew Smyly (2-2, 2.70) Cleveland - Corey Kluber (4-3, 3.38)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers go after their 12th straight road win on Monday when they start a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.
Detroit won its sixth straight game overall and completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, as Victor Martinez hit a two-run home run in the Tigers' 6-2 triumph.
Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Ian Kinsler was 4-for-5 with two runs scored for Detroit, which is in the midst of its longest road winning streak since capturing the first 17 away from home back in 1984.
"Miggy and Victor have been hitting well all season long," Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said.
Anibal Sanchez (1-2) returned from a stint on the disabled list to pick up his first win of the season as he gave up two runs -- one earned -- on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts over five innings.
Getting the call for the Tigers on Monday will be lefty Drew Smyly, who is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA. Smyly did not get a decision on Tuesday in Baltimore, but he pitched well, as he allowed just a run and five hits in six innings of his team's 4-1 win.
Smyly has faced the Indians 11 times, but this will only be his second start against them. He is 1-1 in those appearances with a 5.09 ERA.
Cleveland, meanwhile, will counter with righty Corey Kluber, who has won his last two starts. Kluber was supported with 15 runs on Wednesday in Toronto, as he surrendered a pair of runs and four hits in seven innings. He also struck out nine batters and improved to 4-3 to go along with a 3.38 ERA.
Kluber is just 1-3 with a 5.50 ERA in seven games (6 starts).
"Everybody here is aware of the fact that [the Tigers] are playing well," said Kluber. "But it doesn't do us any good to compare ourselves to them, at this point."
As hot as Detroit is at the moment, Cleveland enters this series at the other end of the spectrum and has dropped four in a row after a 13-3 shellacking at the hands of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
Justin Masterson (2-3) surrendered a season-high seven runs on seven hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings to absorb his second straight loss.
"Command was obviously his biggest issue. He had five walks and couldn't locate his breaking ball," said Indians manager Terry Francona.
Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley each recorded solo homers for the Indians, who have dropped six of their last eight games. Cleveland was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.
Detroit split a two-game series with the Tribe earlier in the year, but has won 15 of the last 18 matchups. The Tigers were also 9-1 a year ago at Progressive Field.
05/19 10:25:20 ET