American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 23rd
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (10-11) at Detroit Tigers (10-7), 7:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00)
Detroit - Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Andre Rienzo makes his season debut for the Chicago
White Sox on Wednesday when they continue a four-game series versus the
Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Rienzo, who is taking the place of the injured Felipe Paulino, made 10 starts
with the White Sox last season, going 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA. He struggled with
his command at times, though, and those issues appeared to have continued this
year at Triple-A Charlotte, where he had a 4.83 ERA over his first three
Detroit, meanwhile, will hand the ball to lefty Drew Smyly, who struggled in
his first start of the year on Friday against Anaheim. Smyly absorbed the loss
in that one, as he allowed four runs and six hits in three innings, dropping
him to 1-1 on the year to go along with a 4.00 ERA.
"Honestly, I went out in the third inning trying to just let them hit it and
hopefully get three quick outs," Smyly said. "(I'm) just trying to help the
team save the bullpen, but I think they went double, home run, double, and
that didn't really work out the way I planned."
Smyly has faced the White Sox nine times (2 starts) and has yet to record a
decision, but has pitched to a 4.60 ERA against them.
On Tuesday, Miguel Cabrera's two-run homer highlighted Detroit's five-run
third inning as the Tigers rolled to an 8-6 win. Cabrera also added an RBI
double among his three hits for Detroit, which has won four of its last six
Justin Verlander (3-1) fanned seven and surrendered two runs on eight hits and
two walks over seven frames to pick up the win. Ian Kinsler posted a pair of
hits, RBI and runs scored in the triumph.
"We jumped out to an early lead there in the third. Just tried to execute and
conserve my pitch count," Verlander said.
Joba Chamberlain picked up the final out to earn his first save of the season.
Filling in for the injured Chris Sale, Charlie Leesman (0-1) allowed six runs
on nine hits and one walk over 2 2/3 innings for Chicago, which had its brief
two-game winning streak snapped. Jose Abreu smacked a solo homer in defeat.
"No offense to Charlie, but I'm sure those guys were pretty excited when they
heard Chris was scratched," White Sox DH Adam Dunn said.
Detroit was 12-7 against the Chicago last season.
04/23 10:24:48 ET