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PostSubject: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:47 am

GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET





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Detroit Tigers VS Los Angeles Angels
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Game Time - 1:08 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup



Tigers: RHP Rick Porcello (1-1, 4.15 ERA)

If the Angels' lineup isn't enough of a challenge without history attached, Porcello gets to face some demons, too. The Angels put up a nine-run first inning and a five-run fifth in two meetings with him last season.



Angels: LHP Hector Santiago (0-2, 4.96 ERA)

Santiago bounced back vs. the A's, giving up one run in seven innings while not issuing a walk until the seventh. Santiago had two on and one out that inning, but he got out of the frame unharmed to keep a one-run lead intact.



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PREVIEW


Tigers' Porcello, Angels' Santiago square off in finale
Series win on the line in American League showdown in Detroit

By Matt Slovin / MLB.com | 4/19/2014 5:02 PM ET

One year to the day after making a horrific start in Los Angeles for the Tigers, Rick Porcello will face the Angels, who have given him considerable trouble.

Porcello lasted only two-thirds of an inning last April 20, the shortest outing of his career, allowing nine hits and nine runs. The right-hander also struggled in his only other start against Los Angeles last season, when he gave up 10 hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings on June 25.

"It's definitely a very good lineup," Porcello said Saturday, adding that he won't be thinking of his rough starts against the Angels when he takes the mound Sunday for the series finale after the teams split the first two games. "They obviously have a lot of depth. They've got speed, they've got guys with power that can hurt you. It's really a well-balanced lineup. I don't know why they've hit us as well as they have."

Detroit is facing a stretch in which they are scheduled to go against five left-handed starters in six games. How the Tigers handle them might very well determine whether the opening month of the season can be considered a success.

The next southpaw in line is the Angels' Hector Santiago, who is 0-2 with a 4.96 ERA. Santiago is coming off his best start of the season against the Athletics on April 14, when he pitched seven innings and allowed one run.

Asked if he needed an outing like that to jumpstart his season, Santiago said, "There's no doubt."

"[In my last start] I was like, 'Let's attack, but let's be under control,'" Santiago said. "I took a little bit from each of those first two games and made it work in this game."

Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said one of the challenges that comes with facing a string of lefties is getting at-bats to hitters with lesser splits against southpaws.

"That's part of the reason [Don] Kelly was in there [Friday]," Ausmus said. "Just because of the lefties coming up, I'm not as sure when he will play."

Angels: Freese still out with quad tightness
David Freese was out of the Angels' lineup for a second straight day on Saturday, nursing the tight right quadriceps muscle he sustained during his last at-bat of Wednesday's 12-inning game.

The Angels' third baseman, batting .151/.207/.208 to start the season, took ground balls and batting practice prior to the game and is hopeful he can return to the lineup on Sunday.

Albert Pujols, meanwhile, started at designated hitter for the third time this year, prompting Raul Ibanez to make his second start at first base. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Pujols suffered a bone bruise while hitting his left heel on the base in the first week of the season, but said that it's "nothing significant."

Asked if the bone bruise is still bothering Pujols, Scioscia said, "It's minimal. It's not an issue."

Tigers: Davis back at leadoff with slew of lefties on deck
Rajai Davis' tenure hitting leadoff in Detroit appeared to be on hiatus when the Tigers returned home and regained the designated hitter spot. A few days later, it's back on.

"I've kind of had that in mind against lefties, to have Rajai and Ian [Kinsler] at the top," Ausmus said.

With five left-handed starters awaiting the Tigers in a six-day stretch, it could be a trend.

The purpose is two-fold. First, hitting left-handed pitching was a primary purpose for bringing in Davis back in December, along with his speed. He has become more of an everyday left fielder with Andy Dirks out until June and Tyler Collins back at Triple-A Toledo.

Second, by batting Davis leadoff and moving Kinsler to the second spot, Ausmus frees up Torii Hunter to bat fifth. That's a thought Ausmus has had since Spring Training, stretching out the middle of the order while still keeping two table-setters at the top.

Worth noting
• Davis is tied for second in the American League with six stolen bases, which ties for the most by a Detroit player in April since Josh Anderson stole six times in 2009. Davis was thrown out attempting to swipe second in the first inning of Saturday's game.

• The Tigers are coming off their first win over the Angels since Aug. 26, 2012.

• The Angels have led in six of their nine losses.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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Tiger's MLB Game Notes



INJURY UPDATE:


Dirks, Andy (LF) (Recovering from March 2014 back surgery, on the 15-day disabled list, Due Back: Possibly June)

Iglesias, Jose (SS) (Stress fractures in both shins, 60-day disabled list, Due Back: Possibly late 2014)

Rondon, Bruce (P) (Tommy John surgery-Right elbow, 60-day disabled list, Due Back: 2015)

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BROADCAST SCHEDULE:


On the Internet

MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
•  SCOREBOARD
•  Official Press Pass game notes


On television




• Direct TV Extra Innings Schedule


On radio


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• XM Channel Schedule


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Up next (Probable Pitchers)


Monday, April 21:
TIGERS: (RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 3.21 ERA)) VS
WHITE SOX: (LHP John Danks (1-0, 3.32 ERA))
7:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)


Tuesday, April 22:
TIGERS: (RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08 ERA)) VS
WHITE SOX: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
7:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D+, MLBN , WXYT 1270)


Wednesday, April 23:
TIGERS: (LHP Drew Smyly (1-1, 4.00 ERA)) VS
WHITE SOX: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
7:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)


Thursday, April 24:
TIGERS: (RHP Max Scherzer (1-1, 2.33 ERA)) VS
WHITE SOX: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
1:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)



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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:50 am

STARTING LINEUPS:

Los Angeles Angels Lineup

   LF: J.B. Shuck
   CF: Mike Trout
   1B: Albert Pujols
   3B: Ian Stewart
   2B: Howard Kendrick
   DH: David Freese
   C: Hank Conger
   RF: Brennan Boesch
   SS: Erick Aybar
   SP: Hector Santiago


Detroit Tigers Lineup

   LF: Rajai Davis
   2B: Ian Kinsler
   DH: Miguel Cabrera
   1B: Victor Martinez
   RF: Torii Hunter
   CF: Austin Jackson
   3B: Nick Castellanos
   C: Alex Avila
   SS: Andrew Romine
   SP: Rick Porcello


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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:36 pm

Top 1

  • 1. J. B. Shuck grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Victor Martinez.
  • 2. Mike Trout strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Albert Pujols singles on a line drive to left fielder Rajai Davis.
  • 4. Ian Stewart singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Rick Porcello. Albert Pujols to 2nd.
  • 5. Howie Kendrick singles on a ground ball to right fielder Torii Hunter. Albert Pujols scores. Ian Stewart to 3rd. Howie Kendrick to 2nd on the throw.
  • 6. David Freese grounds out, third baseman Nick Castellanos to first baseman Victor Martinez.


Bottom 1

  • 1. Rajai Davis flies out to center fielder Mike Trout.
  • 2. Ian Kinsler walks.
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera walks. Ian Kinsler scores. Miguel Cabrera to 2nd. Throwing error by catcher Hank Conger. Throwing error by center fielder Mike Trout. Throwing error by pitcher Hector Santiago.
  • 4. Victor Martinez flies out to right fielder Brennan Boesch.
  • 5. Torii Hunter pops out to shortstop Erick Aybar.


TIED 1-1 AFTER 1 INNING


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Top 2

  • 1. Hank Conger grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Victor Martinez.
  • 2. Brennan Boesch doubles (1) on a sharp ground ball to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 3. Erick Aybar grounds out, shortstop Andrew Romine to first baseman Victor Martinez. Brennan Boesch to 3rd.
  • 4. J. B. Shuck grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Victor Martinez.


Bottom 2

  • 1. Austin Jackson flies out to right fielder Brennan Boesch in foul territory.
  • 2. Nick Castellanos called out on strikes.
  • 3. Alex Avila called out on strikes.


TIED 1-1 AFTER 2 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:18 pm

Top 3

  • 1. Mike Trout lines out softly to first baseman Victor Martinez.
  • 2. Albert Pujols grounds out, third baseman Nick Castellanos to first baseman Victor Martinez.
  • 3. Ian Stewart grounds out, shortstop Andrew Romine to first baseman Victor Martinez.


Bottom 3

  • 1. Andrew Romine singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brennan Boesch.
  • 2. Rajai Davis strikes out swinging. Andrew Romine steals (2) 2nd base.
  • 3. Ian Kinsler grounds out, shortstop Erick Aybar to first baseman Albert Pujols. Andrew Romine to 3rd.
  • 4. Miguel Cabrera called out on strikes.


TIED 1-1 AFTER 3 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:46 pm

Top 4

  • 1. Howie Kendrick singles on a line drive to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 2. David Freese strikes out swinging.
  • With Hank Conger batting, Howie Kendrick caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Alex Avila to shortstop Andrew Romine.
  • 3. Hank Conger flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.


Bottom 4

  • 1. Victor Martinez flies out to right fielder Brennan Boesch.
  • 2. Torii Hunter singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brennan Boesch.
  • 3. Austin Jackson walks. Torii Hunter to 2nd.
  • 4. Nick Castellanos flies out to center fielder Mike Trout. Torii Hunter to 3rd.
  • 5. Alex Avila strikes out swinging.


TIED 1-1 AFTER 4 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:34 pm

Top 5

  • 1. Brennan Boesch grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Victor Martinez.
  • 2. Erick Aybar grounds out softly, first baseman Victor Martinez to pitcher Rick Porcello.
  • 3. J. B. Shuck flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.


Bottom 5

  • 1. Andrew Romine walks.
  • 2. Rajai Davis strikes out on a foul tip.
  • With Ian Kinsler batting, Andrew Romine steals (3) 2nd base.
  • 3. Ian Kinsler pops out to second baseman Howie Kendrick.
  • 4. Miguel Cabrera called out on strikes.


TIED 1-1 AFTER 5 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:37 pm

Top 6

  • 1. Mike Trout walks.
  • 2. Albert Pujols grounds into a double play, shortstop Andrew Romine to second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Victor Martinez. Mike Trout out at 2nd.
  • 3. Ian Stewart called out on strikes.


Bottom 6

  • 1. Victor Martinez flies out to right fielder Brennan Boesch.
  • 2. Torii Hunter grounds out softly, shortstop Erick Aybar to first baseman Albert Pujols.
  • 3. Austin Jackson walks.
  • Pitching Change: Kevin Jepsen replaces Hector Santiago.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • With Nick Castellanos batting, throwing error by Hank Conger on the pickoff attempt, Austin Jackson to 2nd.
  • 4. Nick Castellanos singles on a line drive to center fielder Mike Trout. Austin Jackson scores.
  • 5. Alex Avila strikes out swinging.


DET 2-1 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:10 pm

Top 7

  • 1. Howie Kendrick grounds out, shortstop Andrew Romine to first baseman Victor Martinez.
  • 2. David Freese strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Hank Conger pops out to third baseman Nick Castellanos in foul territory.


Bottom 7

  • Pitching Change: Michael Kohn replaces Kevin Jepsen.
  • 1. Andrew Romine singles on a soft ground ball to third baseman Ian Stewart, deflected by shortstop Erick Aybar.
  • 2. Rajai Davis called out on strikes.
  • 3. Ian Kinsler walks. Andrew Romine to 2nd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • 4. Miguel Cabrera grounds into a double play, second baseman Howie Kendrick to first baseman Albert Pujols. Ian Kinsler out at 2nd.


DET 2-1 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:29 pm

Top 8

  • Pitching Change: Ian Krol replaces Rick Porcello.
  • Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Collin Cowgill replaces Brennan Boesch.
  • 1. Collin Cowgill singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 2. Erick Aybar pops out to second baseman Ian Kinsler.
  • 3. J. B. Shuck grounds out softly, catcher Alex Avila to first baseman Victor Martinez. Collin Cowgill to 2nd.
  • Pitching Change: Al Alburquerque replaces Ian Krol.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • 4. Mike Trout grounds out, third baseman Nick Castellanos to first baseman Victor Martinez.


Bottom 8

  • Collin Cowgill remains in the game as the right fielder.
  • Pitching Change: Joe Smith replaces Michael Kohn.
  • 1. Victor Martinez grounds out, second baseman Howie Kendrick to first baseman Albert Pujols.
  • 2. Torii Hunter singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Mike Trout.
  • 3. Austin Jackson flies out to center fielder Mike Trout.
  • Angels challenged (tag play), call on the field was upheld: Pickoff attempt at 1st.
  • With Nick Castellanos batting, Torii Hunter steals (1) 2nd base.
  • 4. Nick Castellanos strikes out swinging.


DET 2-1 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT15: 4/20/14 - DET (8-6) VS LAA (8-9) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:51 pm

Top 9

  • Pitching Change: Joe Nathan replaces Al Alburquerque.
  • 1. Albert Pujols flies out to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 2. Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Howie Kendrick singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Austin Jackson.
  • Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez replaces David Freese.
  • 4. Raul Ibanez strikes out swinging.



TIGERS WIN 2-1

BOX SCORE


W: Porcello (2-1)
L: Santiago (0-3)
SV: Nathan (3)


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