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Tigers vs. Rays Game 1 Preview (7/3): Tigers look to stay hot against AL East cellar dwellers

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The red hot Tigers (47-34) take on the last place Tampa Bay Rays (38-49) in the start of a weekend series from Comerica Park. Despite that losing record though the Rays come in equally as hot winning their last five including a sweep of the New York Yankees in the Bronx.

Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:08 PM ET and you can watch the game live on FOX Sports Detroit or listen live on 97.1FM The Ticket. As always on you can track the game on both the Majors Detroit Facebook and Twitter Feeds.

Probables

Detroit Tigers v Houston Astros

Max Scherzer RHP – 9-3, 3.71 ERA

Scherzer would like to forget his last home start when the Royals tagged him for 10 runs in just 4 plus innings. The reining Cy Young winner though bounced back in last two road starts allowing just three runs in 13 innings pitch while striking out 21 batters.

Rays career vs. Max Scherzer:

  • James Looney – 5/20 (.250), 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K’s
  • Evan Longoria – 2/12 (.167), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K’s
  • José Molina – 1/7 (.143), 1 BB, 5 K’s
  • Matt Joyce – 2/15 (.133), 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K’s
  • Ben Zobrist – 2/15 (.133), 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K’s
  • Desmond Jennings – 1/12 (.083), 5 K’s
  • Ryan Hanigan – 0/1 (.000), 1 BB, 1 K
  • Cole Figueroa – No career plate appearances vs. Scherzer
  • Logan Forsythe – No career plate appearances vs. Scherzer
  • Brandon Geyer – No career plate appearances vs. Scherzer
  • Kevin Kiermaier – No career plate appearances vs. Scherzer
  • Sean Rodríguez – No career plate appearances vs. Scherzer

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Erik Bedard LHP – 3-5, 4.25 ERA

In seven appearances on the road this season, the veteran lefty Bedard is 2-2 with a 3.93 ERA. He’s also enjoyed limited success at Comerica pitching a total of three times going 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA. In his last start against his former club, Bedard had a strong outing allowing 3 runs on 5 hits over 7 innings in a 5-4 win against Baltimore. 

Tigers career vs. Erik Bedard:

  • Miguel Cabrera – 5/17 (.294), 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K’s
  • Ian Kinsler – 12/41 (.293), 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K’s
  • Victor Martinez – 6/24 (.250), 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K’s
  • Alex Avila – 1/4 (.250), 1 K
  • Rajai Davis – 1/10 (.100), 2 K’s
  • Austin Jackson – 0/8 (.000), 3 BB, 4 K’s
  • Don Kelly – 0/2 (.000)
  • Andrew Romine – 0/2 (.000)
  • Eugenio Suarez – No career plate appearances vs. Bedard
  • Nick Castellanos – No career plate appearances vs. Bedard
  • J.D. Martinez – No career plate appearances vs. Bedard
  • Bryan Holaday – No career plate appearances vs. Bedard

Starting Lineup for the Tigers

TBD

First Pitch Forecast

Partly Sunny and 69 degrees. Winds out of the NW at 1o mph. Chance of precipitation is zero percent.

Tampa Bay Injuries

D, DeJesus (OF) – 15-day DL (fractured left hand)
Y. Escobar (SS) – 15-day DL (right shoulder soreness)
J. Hellickson (RHP) – 15-day DL (recovery from right elbow surgery)
W. Myers (OF) – 15-day DL (right wrist stress fracture)
J. Sands (OF) – 15-day DL (strained tendon in left wrist)
T. Beckham (2B) – 60-day DL (recovery from right knee surgery)
M. Moore (LHP) – 60-day DL (Tommy John surgery)

Detroit Injuries

I. Krol (LHP) – 15-day DL (left shoulder inflammation)
J. Hanrahan (RHP) – 15-day DL (recovery from Tommy John surgery)
A. Dirks (OF) – 60-day DL (recovery from back surgery)
J. Iglesias (SS) – 60-day DL (bilateral tibia stress fractures)
L. Putkonen (RHP) – 60-day DL (right elbow bone spur)
B. Rondon (RHP) – 60-day DL (Tommy John surgery)

 

About Dorf

Adam "Dorf" Waltersdorf is the Vice President of TMSNX and contributor across the entire Majors Sports Network. He is the Editor in Chief of the Majors East Lansing and an editor at The Majors Detroit and the The Majors Sports Network. He also is the Host of TMSNX's weekly Football podcast "Inside the Huddle" and on air personality for the weekly Detroit Sports Podcast "Motor City Uncut" and the weekly baseball podcast "The Sandlot Report".

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