The Tigers wrapped up a four game set with the Indians Thursday night with a thrilling 11th inning win, which gave them a 3-1 win of the series. Tonight they start a three game series at CoPa against their opponent in the 2012 World Series, the San Francisco Giants, who are also fighting for a playoff spot. The Tigers currently sit second in the AL Central, with the Royals 1 game up and the Indians five games back back. The Tigers also have a half-game lead over Seattle in the Wild Card, with the Yankees four back. The Giants are trailing the Dodgers in the NL West, but are in a tight NL Wild Card race, tied with Milwaukee for the Wild Card, but Atlanta and Pittsburgh are both within 2 games. This series is a must-win for both teams. The Tigers are sending two of their best pitchers and a quality rookie up against three formidable foes. These are the matchups:
Game 1: Rick Porcello (15-9, 3.10 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (4-13, 4.15 ERA)
Game 2: David Price (13-10, 3.25 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner(16-9, 2.97 ERA)
Game 3: Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 3.18 ERA), vs. Tim Hudson (9-9, 3.08 ERA)
Friday night’s game is a 7:08 pm start on FSD, with Saturday’s game at 1:08 pm on Fox and Sunday night’s at 8 pm on ESPN. All games are also on 97.1 FM (1240 AM) WXYT The Ticket out of Detroit. Other radio affiliates for the TIgers are listed here.
Tigers Injury Report
After resting his sore ankle, Miguel Cabrera looked good in the Cleveland series, going 9 for 18 with a few home runs is no longer listed as day-to-day, unlike Alex Avila (ball to the mask) and second baseman Devon Travis, a late call-up. Joakim Soria is still on the 15-day with his oblique strain, and Drew VerHagen was called up from Triple-A Toledo and put on the 60-day DL.