American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, April 24th
(All times Eastern)
Seattle Mariners (7-10) at Detroit Tigers (10-6), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Seattle - Jason Vargas (2-1, 2.84)
Detroit - Max Scherzer (1-1, 7.98)
(Sports Network) - Max Scherzer tries to continue his mastery of Seattle this
evening when the Detroit TIgers start a three-game series with the Mariners at
Scherzer has faced the Mariners four times and has won each time he has faced
them, pitching to a 2.00 earned run average in the process. Two of those wins
came last season.
The 27-year-old right-hander picked up his first win of the season his last
time out on Wednesday, as he beat the Kansas City Royals, holding them to
three runs and seven hits in six innings to run his record to 1-1 on the year,
while lowering his ERA to a still lofty 7.98.
Detroit started a seven-game homestand in disappointing fashion this past
weekend, as it lost three of four to the red-hot Texas Rangers, including a
3-2 setback in 11 innings in Sunday's finale.
Brennan Boesch hit a solo homer for the Tigers, while starter Drew Smyly
allowed one run on five hits over six full frames. Thad Weber (0-1), though,
gave up one run on three hits in the 11th to take the loss.
The loss didn't come without controversy. With the bases loaded and nobody
out Alberto Gonzalez tried to bunt Nelson Cruz home, but it appeared that the
ball hit Gonzalez's knee, which would have made it a foul ball. Home plate
umpire Tim Welke didn't see it that way and Gonzalez was credited with a
"The ball came down and hit him on the back knee," Tigers manager Jim Leyland
said. "There's no question about that."
Seattle, meanwhile, has lost four in a row after a three-game sweep at the
hands of the Chicago White Sox over the weekend that included Philip Humber's
perfect game on Saturday. It didn't get any better for the M's in Sunday's
finale, as they dropped a 7-4 decision.
Jesus Montero, Alex Liddi and Dustin Ackley drove home runs for the Mariners,
while Kevin Millwood (0-1) yielded five runs on eight hits and two walks while
striking out three in defeat.
"Panic is definitely not the answer," Millwood said. "... It's one of those
things you've got to get through. Hopefully there will be more good stretches
Getting the call tonight will be lefty Jason Vargas, who is 2-1 with a 2.84
ERA. Vargas won for the second time in three starts on Wednesday against
Cleveland with a terrific showing that saw him allow just a run and four hits
in seven innings. He also struck out seven.
Vargas has faced the Tigers three times and is 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA.
Seattle has given Detroit fits over the past two seasons, winning 11 of the 18
matchups with six of those victories coming in the Motor City.
04/24 10:45:20 ET