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On Deck: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

Series Overview

The always interesting rivalry between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians will get under way early into the 2015 season, as a 3-game series between the two ball clubs will take place in Cleveland starting on Friday. The Tigers are coming off a 3-game sweep of fellow division rival Minnesota Twins, giving up just one run through the three games. They set an American League record for the longest scoreless inning streak by a pitching staff with 24 consecutive innings without giving up a run. All three starters in the series, David PriceAnibal Sanchez, and Shane Greene, pitched a combined 23 1/3 innings out of a possible 27 innings pitched, giving up just one run (zero earned runs), 12 hits, and striking out 16 Twins batters. Greene impressed in his Tigers debut, going 8 strong and efficient innings.

The Indians took two games out of three against the Houston Astros. Indians ace Corey Kluber pitched a gem in a loss on opening day for Cleveland, giving up just two runs and three hits against Houston. The Indians carried a combined no-hitter into the ninth inning in the series finale against Houston, but lost it on a Jed Lowrie home run win one out in the ninth. Cleveland pitchers gave up a total of three runs on the road to start the 2015 season.

Tigers/Indians History

Since the beginning of the 2011 season, the Tigers are 46-28 against their rivals in Ohio. Detroit has also won four straight division titles, and the Indians have finished 2nd, 4th, 2nd, and 3rd in the last four seasons. Both teams have made some changes this past off-season. Detroit looked to improve their defense and most importantly stay healthy, while the Indians are going into 2015 with some extra firepower, in the form of first baseman/designated hitter Brandon Moss, as well as a young and talented starting rotation with a high ceiling led by Kluber. It should be a very interesting season series to watch between the Tigers and Indians.

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is hitting .350 combined against all pitchers currently on the Indians pitching staff, with ten home runs and 40 runs batted in.

Expected Pitching Match-ups

*2014 Stats

Game 1: Alfredo Simon *(15-10, 3.44 ERA) vs. Zach McAllister *(4-7, 5.23 ERA in 15 starts)

Game 2: David Price (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 1/3 IP) vs. Corey Kluber (0-1. 2.45 ERA, 7 1/3 IP)

Game 3: Kyle Lobstein *(1-2, 4.35 ERA in 6 starts) vs. T.J. House *(5-3, 3.35 in 18 starts)

TV/Radio Schedule

Game 1: Friday, April 10th, 4:05 PM; FSD/97.1 — The TICKET

Game 2: Saturday, April 11th, 4:05 PM; FSD+/97.1 — The TICKET

Game 3: Sunday, April 12th, 1:10 PM; FSD+/97.1 — The TICKET

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