Oct 2, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) bats against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers  (8-5) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (7-8)

Box Score via MLB.com

First Pitch: 7:10 EST

Stadium: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay

Weather: Dome

Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket

Tigers lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler (2B)
  2. Nicholas Castellanos (3B)
  3. Miguel Cabrera (1B)
  4. Victor Martinez (DH)
  5. Justin Upton (LF)
  6. Tyler Collins (RF)
  7. Alex Avila (C)
  8. JaCoby Jones (CF)
  9. Jose Iglesias (SS)

Hitters Box Score via MLB.com

Pitching Results:

WP: Matt Andriese (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

LP: Michael Fulmer (1-0, 2.25 ERA)


Standings via MLB.com


Game Notes: 

The Tigers were vaulted to a 1-0 lead on a mammoth shot by Miguel Cabrera. The long ball was Miggy’s 449th of his career, placing him in a tie for 38th all-time with Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero. The home run, also, extended the Tigers franchise record for most home runs in consecutive games to start the season and brought them within one game of the 2002 Cleveland Indians for the all-time record. However, that was all that was in the cards for the Tigers batters tonight, as Matt Andriese recovered and shut them down.

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Sep 16, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) reacts after being called for a balk during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Fulmer started hot out of the gate, holding the Rays offense in check; however, a hanging slider to Tim Beckham, gave the Rays a 2-1 lead, a lead they would not look back from. The loss is Fulmer’s first on the season, yet, there seems to be nothing to worry about with the Tiger’s sophomore stud. The Tigers will look to rebound tomorrow, waking the bats up, and getting back into the win column as they are right back in action for game two of the series.

Looking Ahead:

Tomorrow the Tigers are right back in action against the Rays, sending Jordan Zimmermann to the hill to square off against Rays ace, Chris Archer. The Tigers will look to get a better day of production from the lineup after they were held quiet in the opener. A tough task against one of the better pitchers in the Major Leagues.