American League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, April 16th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Tigers (7-5) at Seattle Mariners (6-8), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Doug Fister (2-0, 2.87)
Seattle - Aaron Harang (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers shoot for a third straight win on
Tuesday when they continue a nine-game road trip with the first of three games
against the Seattle Mariners.
Detroit opened its trek in impressive fashion, as it cooled off the red-hot
Oakland Athletics, taking two of three from them, including a resounding 10-1
win in Sunday's finale that saw Austin Jackson go 4-for-6 with a home run,
three RBI and three runs scored.
Torii Hunter added three hits -- two doubles and a triple -- to go with an RBI
and two runs scored, while Miguel Cabrera added a pair of RBI for the Tigers,
who improved to 7-5 on the season.
"Austin Jackson has been awesome at the top of the lineup," Hunter said. "He's
been getting on base for Cabrera, myself, Prince (Fielder) and Victor
(Martinez). He's the one setting the tone for all of us."
Anibal Sanchez (2-0) dazzled Oakland hitters for seven innings, allowing just
one run on three hits and four walks while striking out eight.
On Tuesday, the Tigers will rely on righty Doug Fister, who has won both of
his starts, while pitching to a 2.77 ERA. Fister was terrific in beating
Toronto on Thursday, as he held them to a run and eight hits in eight innings.
He also struck out five and walked a batter.
Fister, who pitched the first 2 1/2 years of his career in Seattle, tossed
seven scoreless innings the only other time he faced the Mariners, but did not
get a decision.
Seattle, meanwhile, will turn to veteran righty Aaron Harang, who was acquired
from Colorado last week. Harang spent spring training with the Los Angeles
Dodgers before being traded to the Rockies for catcher Ramon Hernandez on
The veteran right-hander hasn't appeared in a game this season, but went 10-10
with a career-low 3.61 earned run average in 31 starts with the Dodgers in
"I have to go out and do what I do," Harang said. "You try to do too much, you
press and start making bad pitches. I need to stick to what my normal game
plan is, same routine and go out and execute, making pitches when I need to."
Seattle also enters on a winning note after splitting a four-game set with the
Texas Rangers. On Sunday, Jesus Montero knocked in the tying run and scored on
Dustin Ackley's go-ahead single in the sixth inning to help the Mariners to a
Raul Ibanez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, while Kyle Seager doubled twice,
scored a run and knocked in another for the Mariners, who have now won two of
three on the heels of a three-game losing streak.
Brandon Maurer (1-2) picked up his first win after a forgettable start to his
big-league career. The 22-year-old righty had given up 12 runs over his first
two starts, but allowed just three -- two earned -- on five hits over six
Seattle was 5-1 against the Tigers last season.
04/16 10:51:14 ET
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