American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 9th
(All times eastern)
Cleveland Indians (30-31) at Detroit Tigers (34-26), 1:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Justin Masterson (8-4, 3.57)
Detroit - Jose Alvarez (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Winners of three straight and four of the last five, the
Detroit Tigers try to put even more distance between themselves and the
Cleveland Indians on Sunday when the clubs meet at Comerica Park to close
out a three-game set.
Despite being just 5-5 over the last 10 contests, the Tigers are still an
impressive 21-10 in their own building this season, a mark that has helped
them to a 4 1/2-game advantage in the American League Central over the Tribe
following a 6-4 triumph on Saturday.
Prince Fielder, who had been held without an RBI in the previous three
outings, came up with three on Saturday to give him 51 on the season, third
in the AL and second on the team behind league-leader Miguel Cabrera (67).
Andy Dirks also drove in a pair, giving starter Rick Porcello just enough
breathing room in order to come up with his third win of the campaign.
Porcello lasted six innings, permitting two runs on three hits and a pair of
walks, while striking out seven. Jose Valverde picked up his eighth save.
"I think having some run support, there's definitely some comfort to it,"
Porcello said after the victory. "But at the same time, you're going out there
trying to put up zeros on the board regardless."
Pushed into the starting lineup for the Indians was Carlos Carrasco, who ended
up with his second defeat of the campaign. Carrasco was charged with all six
runs in only four innings, allowing 10 hits and issuing three walks as he
struck out just a single batter.
"His stuff is electric," manager Terry Francona said of Carrasco, "but there's
still some learning to do, because he didn't pitch in."
Ryan Raburn, who knocked in Carlos Santana with a groundout in the top of the
fifth, came back two innings later and delivered a two-run home run as well
for the visitors. However, like four of his teammates, Raburn also struck out
twice in the meeting.
Originally, Anibal Sanchez was scheduled to pitch for the Tigers Sunday, but a
stiff shoulder caused him to be a scratch. In his place will be Jose Alvarez,
who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Toledo.
Making his major league debut on Sunday, Alvarez, a left-hander from
Venezuela, had a record of 5-4 with a 2.42 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 12 starts
in the minors.
Similar to the Tigers, Cleveland has also decided to change directions in
regards to its starter, opting to take Scott Kazmir out of the equation after
pushing back Justin Masterson, who was supposed to take the mound on Saturday.
Already just four wins shy of tying his career best for a single season,
Masterson heads to the mound Sunday in search of his ninth victory. Masterson,
who has logged a total of 23 wins in the previous two campaigns, is already
8-4 in 2013 although he was roughed up in his most recent outing on Monday.
Against the Yankees in New York, the right-hander permitted seven runs on nine
hits and a trio of walks, striking out five over the course of 6 1/3 innings
in a 7-4 setback. The defeat was the second in the last three appearances for
the San Diego State product.
Masterson hasn't had much luck in his career against Detroit either, posting a
2-6 mark with a 5.09 ERA in 14 appearances.
Now ahead 5-2 in the season series, Detroit has defeated the Indians in four
06/09 10:46:42 ET