The Tigers look to bounce back from a humiliating four-game sweep to the Indians, as they welcome in the AL West-leading Rangers.
Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers
Texas had lost 11 of its last 14 games before this important series against the Boston Red Sox, including four straight to the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers ended up taking three of four at Fenway Park with Sunday’s 4-2 victory. “We played well and we pitched well,” third baseman Michael Young said. The last few games, we’ve pitched especially well.” It doesn’t get any easier to start the week for the Rangers, heading to a place where they’ve lost 11 straight games. “It’s good to come back and take three of four here because we know our recent history in Detroit isn’t that good.”
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The division rivals are both in a good spot to light up the scoreboard at Comerica Park.
Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers
Minnesota has dropped 12 of its last 17 games after dropping a 7-3 road game to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. “Silly baserunning, getting picked off in bad situations, and we kind of nonchalanted a bung play there,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “Those things just can’t happen in a big game like this.” The Twins still lead the season series 6-4 and are 19-11 against the division (+340). Minnesota has dropped eight of 10 on the road and could be without the services of first baseman Justin Morneau for a third straight games, as he suffered a mild concussion by getting kneed in the head on Wednesday. Outfielder Denard Span may be asked to lead the offense, as he’s hitting .350 against the Tigers this season and his 65 career hits against them are his most versus any opponent.
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Two of the best interleague teams in all of baseball get set to square off in Game 2 of this series in front of a national audience.
Detroit Tigers at New York Mets
Detroit suffered a 14-6 blowout loss against the New York Mets in its first game of nine-game road trip, after finishing a nine-game home stand with an 8-1 record. “We made about as many bad pitches in one game as you could make,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. The Tigers have dropped nine of their last 12 road games, as the pitching staff has produced a terrible 6.36 ERA over that span. One member of the until that hasn’t been part of those troubles is closer Jose Valverde. The Tigers will be in a solid position if he enters the game tonight, as he’s converted each of his last 16 save opportunities and tops all AL relievers with a 0.59 ERA.
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