The Tigers start a three-game series against the AL Central leaders, the Kansas City Royals, tonight at CoPa at 4 pm. This series could be the pivotal moment for the Tigers, as the Tigers trail the Royals by two games in the Central and face the Royals 6 times in the final 21 games of the season. The Tigers also sit a half-game behind the Mariners in the race for the second wild-card spot.
The Tigers need to take this series to keep alive in the race for the AL Central, but have some injuries in some key spots to overcome. Alex Avila is still listed as day-to-day, and slugger Miguel Cabrera is dealing with a reported bone spur in his right ankle, though it has not seemed to affect his hitting, with 5 home runs in the last seven games. Luke Putkonen has been recalled from his rehab assignment, but is still listed as on the DL, and Joakim Soria threw a successful bullpen session on Monday and may be reactivated as soon as Tuesday, according to the Oakland Press’ Matt Mowery.
The pitching matchups are as follows:
Game 1: Monday, 4:08 pm – Verlander (12-12, 4.80 ERA) vs. Guthrie (10-10, 4.31 ERA)
Game 2: Tuesday, 7:08 pm – Scherzer (15-5, 3.25 ERA) vs. Vargas (11-7, 3.14 ERA)
Game 3: Wednesday, 7 pm – Porcello (15-10, 3.30 ERA) vs. Shields (13-7, 3.23 ERA)
All games can be heard on the home of the Tigers, 97.1 FM the Ticket and seen on FSD, with the series finale on Wednesday also on ESPN, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN. For a complete listing of Tigers Radio Affiliates, visit here to find the closest radio station near you.