American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 25
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (41-32) at Texas Rangers (35-41), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 2.33)
Texas - Joe Saunders (0-3, 4.11)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers hope to further pad their lead atop
the AL Central when they shoot for a series win over the Texas Rangers
Wednesday in Arlington.
The Tigers recorded an 8-2 win in Tuesday's series opener and have won five in
a row for a three-game lead over Kansas City in the division. J.D. Martinez
highlighted a five-run seventh inning with a two-run double and extended his
hitting streak to 13 games. He has five homers during the run.
Former Ranger Ian Kinsler hit a solo home run in the first inning and finished
2-for-5 with three RBI, while Rajai Davis, Alex Avila and Eugenio Suarez
combined for eight hits, four runs scored and two RBI for the Tigers.
Drew Smyly started for the Tigers and got the win by allowing just an unearned
run in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
"I was able to make big pitches when I needed to," said Smyly. "After the
third I thought I settled down pretty good. Once we get on a roll we're going
to be fine."
Detroit is 4-0 on a nine-game road trip and will close the journey this
weekend against the Houston Astros. The club is 22-13 away from Detroit this
In other news for the Tigers, outfielder Torii Hunter could return Wednesday
and hasn't played since June 16 because of a hamstring issue. Hunter is
batting .266 with nine homers and 35 RBI this season.
Anibal Sanchez gets the start for the Tigers Wednesday and has won back-to-
back trips to the mound. He is 4-0 in his last seven appearances and defeated
Kansas City with seven innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win last Thursday.
Sanchez, who is 4-2 with a 2.33 earned run average, will make his fifth career
start against the Rangers and is 1-3 with a 6.98 in the first four. The righty
has a 1-0 record in four road assignments.
Texas lost its sixth straight game Tuesday and starting pitcher Colby Lewis
was touched for four runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. Adrian Beltre was
the lone bright spot offensively for the Rangers with four hits and an RBI. He
eclipsed the 2,500-hit mark for his career in the process.
"He's an excellent player," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Beltre. "He
just hits. He plays both sides of the ball so you enjoy watching guys like
Detroit pounded out 16 hits compared to nine from Texas. Leonys Martin had the
other RBI for Texas, which is on its longest losing streak since a seven-game
drought last Sept. 9-16.
The Rangers will also host Minnesota for three games on this homestand and are
1-5-1 in the last seven series. Last night's opener with Detroit marked a
stretch in which the Rangers are scheduled to play games for a season-high 20
Texas will pin pitching duties on Joe Saunders Wednesday and he is 0-3 with a
4.11 earned run average in six starts. Saunders pitched in last Friday's 7-3
loss at the LA Angels and allowed seven runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3
innings. He also surrendered 10 hits, struck out three and walked three.
Saunders, a left-hander, is 1-3 with a 5.20 ERA in 10 career starts against
The Rangers won three of four meetings with the Tigers from May 22-25 at
06/25 10:37:44 ET