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The Leadoff: Weary Tigers look to bounce back against the Pirates

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A beaten and tired Tigers (63-52) team coming off a 19 inning loss to the Blue Jays Sunday venture in to Pittsburgh to begin a two-game home and home with the Pirates (62-55). Justin Verlander gets the start for Detroit looking to make his way above the .500 mark this season while the Pirates counter with lefty Jeff Locke.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM ET from the PNC Park. You can watch the game LIVE on FSD and listen live on 97.1FM The Ticket.

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Probables

Justin Verlander, RHP – 10-10, 4.57 ERA

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It seems like very quietly over the past month Justin Verlander has been getting that ERA down. Back on July 13 JV was sporting a 4.88 ERA and since then has almost brought it down to 4.57. Furthermore Verlander has another chance tonight to further bring that ERA down as he’s  25-2 against the National League with 14-straight wins stretching back to 2010. However JV has yet to beat the NL five times in a season. 

Pirates career vs. Verlander:

BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Pedro Alvarez 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 .100 .100 .100 .200
Clint Barmes 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .111 .111 .111 .222
Ike Davis 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Matt Hague 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Josh Harrison 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .250
Russell Martin 14 6 0 0 1 2 2 5 .429 .500 .643 1.143
Andrew McCutchen 13 2 2 0 0 2 2 3 .154 .250 .308 .558
Brent Morel 12 4 3 0 0 0 3 2 .333 .467 .583 1.050
Jayson Nix 14 3 0 0 1 3 2 5 .214 .313 .429 .741
Gaby Sanchez 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Travis Snider 13 5 2 1 1 2 0 5 .385 .385 .923 1.308
Chris Stewart 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .333 .000 .333
Neil Walker 10 2 1 1 0 1 2 3 .200 .333 .500 .833
Totals 111 27 9 2 3 10 11 37 .243 .315 .441 .756

Jeff Locke, LHP – 3-3, 3.78 ERA

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In his last start on August 6th against the Marlins, Locke gave up three runs to the first ten batters but settled in nicely retiring the next 16 of 17 he faced. In addition he also struck out a season high of seven en route to a 7-3 win.

Tigers career vs. Locke:

BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Miguel Cabrera 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.333 2.000
Andy Dirks 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
J.D. Martinez 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000
Totals 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 .182 .182 .364 .545

Tigers Starting Lineup

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago Cubs

1. Rajai Davis CF, .291 (R)
2. Ian Kinsler 2B, .291 (R)
3. Miguel Cabrera 3B, .304 (R)

4. Victor Martinez 1B, .321 (S)
5. Torii Hunter RF, .272 (R)
6. J.D. Martinez LF, .303 (R)

7. Alex Avila C, .216 (L)
8. Eugenio Suarez SS, .240 (R)
9. Justin Verlander P, .333 (R)

Pirates Starting Lineup

Regular Season Series vs. Pirates

Series tied 0-0

Aug 11, 2014 DET (Verlander) @ PIT (Locke) 7:05 PM ET
Aug 12, 2014 DET (Ray) @ PIT (Volquez) 7:05 PM ET
Aug 13, 2014 PIT (Worley) @ DET (Porcello) 7:08 PM ET
Aug 14, 2014 PIT (Liriano) @ DET (Scherzer) 1:08 PM ET

First Pitch Forecast

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71 degrees and cloudy with a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds out of the SE at 12 mph.

Tigers Injuries

J. Soria (RHP) – 15-day DL (left side strain)
A. Sanchez (RHP) – day-to-day DL (strained right pectoral)
J. Hanrahan (RHP) – 60-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)

Pirates Injuries

A. McCutchen (CF) – 15-day DL (ribs)
G. Cole (RHP) – 15-day DL (right lat soreness)
C. Barmes (SS) – 15-day DL (left groin strain)

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