For the first time in about a month, the Tigers are in 1st place atop the Central Division standings. In order to have sole possession of 1st, they’ll need to complete the sweep of the Kansas City Royals, a task that gets underway at 7pm tonight at Comerica Park. Rick Porcello is just 3-5 since August began, and has been knocked around pretty good in his last 2 starts. He’ll look to get back on track and tie Max Scherzer for the team lead in wins (16). There is a good chance weather will play a factor in tonight’s game, so keep your eye’s pealed to the skies.
Tonight’s Lineup: Kinsler 2B, Hunter RF, Cabrera DH, V. Martinez 1B, J. Martinez LF, Kelly CF, Castellanos 3B, Avila C, Romine SS. Porcello is starting.
1st pitch tonight is at 7:08pm and can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit and ESPN.
– Anyone who’s watched Tigers games on Fox Sports Detroit this week has probably noticed there is an extra voice in the background. Former Tiger great Jack Morris has joined Rod and Mario in the broadcast booth, and will do so for the rest of the week. There are unconfirmed reports that FSD is thinking of moving to a 3-man broadcast booth beginning next season, and Morris is here on a tryout basis. Previously, Morris had been doing the color commentary for Fox Sports North for Minnesota Twins games. Will Morris be a good add to the booth? Or will his presence disrupt the chemistry between Rod & Mario?
– Prior to the game today, the Tigers activated RP Joakim Soria (oblique) from the disabled list. He will go back to his usual spot in the bullpen, but don’t be surprised if the Tigers are very cautious with him. Soria threw a simulated game on Monday and said he felt great afterwards.
– According to MLB.com Tigers blogger Jason Beck, SS Jose Iglesias has been cleared for lower-body exercises. The goal is to get him ready to resume his normal off-season workout plan. Iglesias has missed the entire 2014 season with stress fractures in both of his legs.
Jose Iglesias cleared for lower-body exercises after follow-up exams in Colorado. Goal is to get him ready for normal offseason program.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) September 10, 2014
– In case you missed in, a group of Detroit Lions were spotted taking in Tuesday night’s Tigers – Royals game. The highlight of the evening came when Miguel Cabrera threw a ball to Calvin Johnson, who was sitting a few rows behind the Tigers dugout. And if you’re wondering, of course Megatron caught it. Check out the clip here:
– Joe Nathan was spotted doing some good this afternoon. He donated $50,000 to the Detroit Fire Department.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 10, 2014