American League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, April 19th (All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (8-8) at Detroit Tigers (7-6), 1:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (2-1, 3.92) Detroit - Max Scherzer (0-1, 2.70)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have beaten the Detroit Tigers 10 straight times, but will be hard-pressed to extend that mark Saturday when they face 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer at Comerica Park.
Scherzer is coming off a loss at San Diego Sunday when he allowed four hits and four runs over five innings. The right-hander had 10 strikeouts. He's 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA in four career starts against the Angels.
On the other side, lefty C.J. Wilson tries to win his 11th straight road decision. Wilson is 10-0 over his last 13 road starts and hasn't lost outside Anaheim since June 8 at Boston in the second contest of a doubleheader.
Wilson owns a 2-2 record with one save and a 5.50 ERA in 11 career games (five starts) against the Tigers.
Howie Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers and the Angels cruised to an 11-6 win last night. Albert Pujols added a three-run homer for the Angels, who had 10 extra-base hits. Mike Trout had a pair of doubles and two RBI as the Angels held an 11-1 lead after six innings.
Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver (1-2) picked up his first win of the season after giving up one run on three hits over six innings. He had three strikeouts and three walks.
"Our guys did a great job early with some patience where they got pitches to hit," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "They didn't miss them. The big lead was good."
Ian Kinsler had three hits and knocked in two runs for the Tigers, who dropped all six of their meetings with the Angels last season. Torii Hunter, Nick Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez added an RBI apiece.
Detroit starter Drew Smyly (1-1), making his first start of the season, gave up four runs on six hits over three innings. Luke Putkonen allowed seven runs on five hits over two-plus frames.
"I haven't thrown that many pitches in a while," Smyly said.
04/19 10:25:04 ET