American League Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, May 24th (All times Eastern)
Texas Rangers (23-25) at Detroit Tigers (28-16), 4:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Texas - Nick Martinez (0-1, 2.28) Detroit - Rick Porcello (7-1, 2.91)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Rick Porcello will attempt to win his seventh consecutive start on Saturday afternoon, as the four-game series between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers continues at Comerica Park.
Porcello improved to 7-1 on the season following his latest victory on May 17, when he lasted eight innings and allowed just six hits, a walk and one earned run in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox, lowering his ERA to 2.91 in the process.
"That was probably his best outing," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "His fastball is always the key, but he threw good curveballs and some changeups (too)."
The former first-round pick has been especially strong at home this season, going 3-0 with a 1.77 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
Texas will send Nick Martinez to the mound. The 22-year-old has split his time between the rotation and the bullpen this season, boasting a 2.28 ERA in 27 2/3 innings with an 0-1 record.
Martinez allowed just four hits and one earned run over five innings of work on May 18, earning a no-decision in the Rangers' 6-2 victory over Toronto.
The rookie has never faced the Tigers and owns a 3.24 ERA on the road this season.
On Friday night, the Tigers evened the series by besting the Rangers, 7-2.
After falling behind 2-0 early, the Tigers responded when Austin Jackson tied the score in the bottom of the second with a two-run homer. Miguel Cabrera added an RBI double in the third and the Tigers never looked back from there.
Ian Kinsler was 3-for-4 with three doubles and three runs scored. Jackson and Rajai Davis both had a pair of hits and Andrew Romine belted his first-career home run.
Anibal Sanchez (2-2) was strong in the victory, allowing just five hits and two earned runs over seven innings, striking out five and walking none.
"Great command today," Tigers catcher Alex Avila said. "We were pitching ahead in the count all night, something we hadn't done in the past few days."
Scott Baker (0-1) did not fare so well in his first start of the season, surrendering eight hits and six runs in six innings.
The Rangers' only production came on a two-run double by Mitch Moreland in the second inning. Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios finished with two hits apiece.
Texas learned on Friday that first baseman Prince Fielder has opted to have neck surgery to repair a herniated disk, likely ending his season.
Texas won four of its seven meetings with the Tigers last season.
05/24 10:43:57 ET