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The Leadoff: Beaten Tigers turn to Robbie Ray in Pittsburgh

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If Robbie Ray is going to prove to be any value to Detroit, tonight is a good game to show that potential as the reeling Tigers (63-53) take on the Pirates (63-55) in game two of the two game series. Getting the start for Pittsburgh is right-hander Edinson Volquez who’s looking for his 1oth win of the season while Detroit is looking to reclaim first place in the AL Central.

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

Robbie Ray, LHP – 1-1, 4.70 ERA

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The supposed ‘prize’ in the Doug Fister deal, Robbie Ray gets another shot to show he’s a big league pitcher tonight filling in for the injured Anibal Sanchez. Ironically enough Ray’s last call up back in May was also to fill in for an injured Sanchez. This time around though Ray’s numbers in Toledo have been that impressive going 7-5 with a 3.72 ERA.  

Pirates career vs. Ray:

No career statistics vs. Ray

Edinson Volquez, RHP – 9-7, 3.70 ERA

Edinson Volquez

Volquez was lights out in his last start giving up just one-hit over seven innings in a 7-2 win over Miami on August 7th. In fact Volquez has been very good for the Bucs as of late giving up just 9 earned runs for all of July and 3 for August thus far.

Tigers career vs. Volquez:

BATTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Rajai Davis 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 1.000 1.333
Torii Hunter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .333 .000 .333
Jose Iglesias 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .500
Ian Kinsler 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667
Victor Martinez 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
J.D. Martinez 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .667 .000 .667
Totals 14 2 0 1 0 1 2 4 .143 .316 .286 .602

Tigers Starting Lineup

"Ezequiel Carrera"

1. Rajai Davis LF, .295 (R)
2. Ezequiel Carrera CF, .308 (L)
3. Ian Kinsler 2B, .288 (R)

4. Miguel Cabrera 3B, .308 (R)
5. Victor Martinez 1B, .322 (S)
6. J.D. Martinez RF, .303 (R)

7. Alex Avila C, .221 (L)
8. Eugenio Suarez SS, .242 (R)
9. Robbie Ray LHP, .— (L)

Pirates Starting Lineup

Regular Season Series vs. Pirates

Pirates lead series 1-0

Mon 8/11 @PIT 11, DET 6
Aug 12, 2014 DET (Ray) @ PIT (Volquez) 7:05 PM ET
Aug 13, 2014 PIT (Worley) @ DET (Farmer) 7:08 PM ET
Aug 14, 2014 PIT (Liriano) @ DET (Scherzer) 1:08 PM ET

First Pitch Forecast

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76  degrees and thunderstorms. Winds out of the SW at 7 mph. There’s a 100 percent chance of rain at game time which diminishes to 70 percent at 8PM ET and 60 percent at 9PM ET.

Tigers Injuries

J. Verlander (RHP) – day-to-day (shoulder soreness)
J. Soria (RHP) – 15-day DL (left side strain)
A. Sanchez (RHP) – 15-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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