Tigers Today (Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins)

Game information published as Tigers Today for the Detroit Tigers (72-82) vs. Minnesota Twins (79-75). Pitching today at Comerica Park is LHP Randy Wolf against RHP Ervin Santana. The contest took place on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 1:08 p.m. Information includes pregame ceremonies, special promotions, game notes and more.

Tigers Tonight (Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins)

Game information published as Tigers Tonight for the Detroit Tigers (72-81) vs. Minnesota Twins (78-75). Pitching today at Comerica Park is RHP Alfredo Simon against RHP Tyler Duffey. The contest took place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. Information includes pregame ceremonies, special promotions, game notes and more.

Tigers Tonight (Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins)

Game information published as Tigers Tonight for the Detroit Tigers (71-81) vs. the Minnesota Twins (78-74). Pitching today at Comerica Park is LHP Matt Boyd against RHP Mike Pelfrey. The contest took place on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7:08 p.m. Information includes pregame ceremonies, special promotions, game notes and more.

Tigers Today (Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox)

Game information published as Tigers Today for the Detroit Tigers (70-81) vs. Chicago White Sox (72-79). Pitching today at Comerica Park is RHP Justin Verlander vs. RHP Frankie Montas. The contest took place on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:08 p.m. Information includes pregame ceremonies, special promotions, game notes and more.

Tigers Today (Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals)

Game information published as Tigers Today for the Detroit Tigers (69-78) vs. the Kansas City Royals (86-62). Pitching today at Comerica Park is RHP Alfredo Simon against RHP Kris Medlen. The contest took place on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 1:08 p.m Information includes pregame ceremonies, special promotions, game notes and more.

Upcoming Detroit Tigers Opponents (August 25 – September 27, 2015)

Los Angeles Angels 8/25-27

The Los Angeles Angels close out a Tigers’ seven-game homestand with their only regular season trip to Detroit from August 25-27. Manager Mike Scioscia, who entered his 16th year at the helm of the Angels in 2015, led the club to a 98-64 record and a postseason appearance in 2014. When the Tigers were in Anaheim from May 26-31, the Angels swept the four-game series.

The reigning MVP Mike Trout carried the momentum from his MVP campaign into the 2015 season. The Angels’ outfielder was named MVP of the All-Star Game for the second-consecutive year after being the first player to hit a leadoff home run since Joe Morgan did it in 1977. Trout ranks among the top ten in nine offensive categories – batting average, home runs, RBI, runs scored, hits, total bases, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage – among American League batters.

Albert Pujols has reached a career home run milestone this season, much like his Detroit Tigers counterpart Miguel Cabrera. Pujols surpassed Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for sole possession of 18th place on the career home run list by hitting his 522nd home run in April.

Garrett Richards returned to the mound for the Angels in 2015 after suffering a season-ending knee injury in August 201. Since his return, he has led the team in wins and ranks in the top three Angels starting pitchers in strikeouts with only Hector Santiago and C.J. Wilson ahead of him.

Tigers vs. Angels (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Los Angeles
625 319-306 175-136 29-34 144-170

Cleveland Indians 9/4-6

The Cleveland Indians return to Detroit for the final time for a three-game series from September 4-6. This meeting marks the fifth of six between the two division opponents. In their last meeting, the Tigers took two of three games at Progressive Field from June 22-24.

Top-prospect Fransisco Lindor made his major league debut and recorded his first major league hit on June 14 against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Since his debut, Lindor has made an offensive impact ranking among the top five in batting average and sits just outside of the top 10 in RBI and home runs of Indians batters with appearances in 35-or-more games.

Since being promoted from Triple-A Columbus on June 21, starter Cody Anderson leads starters in ERA. Carlos Carrasco leads the rotation in wins with Trevor Bauer and Danny Salazar not far behind. Corey Kluber continues to look for the stride that helped him win the AL Cy Young award in 2014, but still leads the team in strikeouts.

Tigers vs. Indians (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Cleveland
2,171 1,106-1,053-12 600-474-5 79-62 506-579-7

Tampa Bay Rays 9/7-9

The Tampa Bay Rays make their only trip to Detroit to end a Tigers’ six-game homestand from September 7-9. New manager Kevin Cash is in his first season at the helm of the Rays and is looking to improve on a fourth place finish in the American League East with a 77-85 record in 2015.

Veteran third baseman Evan Longoria leads the team in RBI and doubles, while he also ranks in the top five of Rays hitters in average and home runs. Fellow infielder Logan Forsythe has numbers nearly identical to Longoria and is either ahead of or right behind him in the same offensive categories.

After losing starting pitcher Alex Cobb to a season-ending injury, other members of the Rays’ rotation have stepped up to fill those roles. Chris Archer leads Tampa Bay starters in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Jake Odorizzi and Erasmo Ramirez have also contributed, combining for a 13-8 record and 2.95 ERA (161.2IP/53ER) prior to the All-Star break.

Tigers vs. Rays (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Tampa Bay
126 64-62 32-29 29-25 32-33

Kansas City Royals 9/18-20

The Kansas City Royals make their third and final trip to Comerica Park from September 18-20 as part of a Tigers’ 10-game homestand against only American League Central Division opponents. This series marks the last three games of 12 meetings between the two teams following the All-Star break.

The Royals acquired starting pitcher Johnny Cueto from the Cincinnati Reds via trade following the All-Star break as part of their push to go to the postseason for the second consecutive year. While in Cincinnati, Cueto had a 7-6 record with a 2.62 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 19 games.

Since starting the second half of the season, All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain ranks in the top five in batting average and RBI among his teammates. He is also only second to Final Vote winner Mike Moustakas in home runs. The Royals found themselves without outfielder Alex Gordon, who was place on the 15-day disabled list just prior to the All-Star break, for the start of the second half of the season. Prior to his injury, Gordon was batting .279 with 32 runs scored, 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 39 RBI.

Tigers vs. Royals (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Kansas City
636 320-316 169-152 77-65 151-164

Chicago White Sox 9/21-23

The Chicago White Sox travel to Comerica Park for four games from September 21-23 as the Tigers continue their final homestand of 2015. The Tigers hosted the White Sox from June 25-28 for a four-game series, in which the Tigers took two of three. The fourth games was postponed due to weather and will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on September 21.

Left-handed starter Chris sale closed out the first half of the season with a stretch of eight-straight starts with 10-or-more strikeouts. During the stretch from May 23 to July 6, Sale recorded 97 strikeouts and tied Pedro Martinez’s eight-game stretch from August 19 to September 27, 1999 for the major league record.

At the plate, Jose Abreu leads everyday players in batting average, RBI and home runs. Milky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche are also contributing for the White Sox offensively. Prior to the All-Star break the outfielder and designated hitter, respectively, combined for a .244 average (147×603) with 67 RBI, 13 home runs, 26 doubles and 64 runs scored.

Tigers vs. White Sox (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Chicago
2,106 1,063-1,028-15 562-480-5 71-71 501-548-10

Minnesota Twins 9/25-27

The Minnesota Twins come to Comerica Park for the final home series of 2015 from September 25-27. The two teams met up for a four-game series in Minnesota to close out the first half of the season. The Twins took three of the four games and won their first series against Detroit this season after amassing a 2-7 record in the first three series against the Tigers.

On the mound for the Twins, Phil Hughes leads the team in wins with righthander Kyle Gibson in second. Gibson is also among the top starters in ERA. After missing most of the first half due to a suspension, Ervin Santana returned to the Twins’ rotation on July 5 and made an instant impact winning two of his first four starts.

Two of the Twins rookies, left fielder Eddie Rosario and third baseman Miguel Sano combined for a .299 (69×231) batting average, 29 runs scored, 21 extra-base hits and 29 RBI in 66 games prior to the All-Star break. Rosario and Sano are the youth of the lineup that includes veteran first baseman Joe Mauer, outfielder Torii Hunter and second baseman Brian Dozier.

Tigers vs. Twins (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Minnesota
2,112 1,093-1,002-17 582-468-8 74-68 511-534-9

 

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Upcoming Detroit Tigers Opponents (July 17 – August 6, 2015)

Baltimore Orioles 7/17-19

The Baltimore Orioles open the first Tigers’ homestand following the All-Star break with their only trip to Comerica Park from July 17-19. The Orioles and Tigers will be facing off for the first time since the 2014 American League Division Series, in which Buck Showalter’s Orioles defeated the Tigers. Showalter, now in his sixth season as manager, and the Orioles ended the 2014 season with a 96-66 record and were the American League East Division Champions for the first time since 1997.

Third baseman Manny Machado had season-ending surgery during the 2014 campaign on his knee, but is leading the team in games played. He also ranks among the top five in batting average for players who have appeared in 40-or-more games thus far this season. The All-Star is tied for fifth in the American League for RBI and is tied for third in home runs among third baseman.

Outfielder Adam Jones continues to make an impact for the Orioles and leads the team in batting average among everyday players. Baltimore’s rotation includes the team leader in wins Miguel Gonzalez. The Orioles bullpen features closer Zach Britton who has converted all but one save opportunity.

 

Tigers vs. Orioles (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Baltimore
2,003 1,045-947-11 565-439-3 25-26 480-508-8

Seattle Mariners 7/20-23

The Seattle Mariner, who are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001, close out a seven-game homestand for the Tigers with their only visit to Comerica Park in 2015 from July 20-23. The Mariners, under former Tigers coach Lloyd McLendon, who is in his second year at the helm, ended the 2014 campaign with a 87-75 record and a third place finish in the American League West Division.

The Mariners added another strong bat to their lineup during the offseason, when they signed free agent Nelson Cruz. The slugger is leading the team in average, RBI and home runs. Third baseman Kyle Seager has also been productive at the plate and ranks just behind Cruz in RBI and home runs and his average ranks third among the team.

Felix Hernandez continues to dominate on the mound for the Mariners. He leads the team in wins and has the lowest ERA of pitchers who have 10-or-more starts so far this season. Amongst American League pitchers, Hernandez ranks tied for third in strikeouts.

Tigers vs. Mariners (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Seattle
384 205-178-1 115-79-1 33-33 90-99

Kansas City Royals 8/4-6

The Kansas City Royals make their second trip to Comerica Park to open a six-game homestand from August 4-6. This matchup will be the first time the two teams have met since the Tigers hosted the Royals in early May. During that three-game stretch, the Royals won two games.

Heading into the midway point of the season, the Royals corner infielders – Eric Hosmer at first base and Mike Moustakas at third base – are both hitting over .300 and leading the team in average. Together, they have combined to drive in nearly a quarter of the team’s runs scored.

On the mound, the Royals have three pitchers – Jeremy Guthrie, Jason Vargas and Edinson Volquez – tied for the team’s lead in wins. The Royals bullpen ranks second in the American League behind only the Houston Astros.

Tigers vs. Royals (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Kansas City
633 318-315 167-151 75-64 151-164

Boston Red Sox 8/7-9

The Boston Red Sox travel to Comerica Park for three games from August 7-9. It will be their only trip to Detroit in 2015. In 2014, the Red Sox finished in last place in the American League East Division, with a 71-91 record, for the second time in three years with a World Series Championship sandwiched in between. Manager John Farrell entered his third season leading the Red Sox with a  revitalized lineup and pitching rotation, but the team struggled early in the 2015 campaign.

In the offseason, the Red Sox made two large free agent signings, in left fielder Hanley Ramirez and third baseman Pablo Sandoval, to add depth to a lineup that already included Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. The Red Sox also feature some youth in their lineup with the additions of catcher Blake Swihart, shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Mookie Betts.

The starting rotation was also majorly revamped with the only remaining starter from 2014 being veteran righthander Clay Buchholz. The Red Sox added former Tigers starter Rick Porcello in the trade that brought Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit. They also added Wade Miley and Joe Kelly through trades with the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. In the offseason, they also signed free agent Justin Masterson.

Tigers vs. Red Sox (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Boston
2,002 962-1,027-13 527-465-7 28-31 435-562-6

Texas Rangers 8/20-23

The Texas Rangers travel to Detroit from August 20-23 for a four-game weekend series against the Tigers. Boasting a new manager, Jeff Banister, who previously served as the bench coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is Banister’s first major league managerial position, though he was a manger for several of the Pirates’ farm teams from 1994-98. The club finished in last pace in the American League West Division with a 67-95 record.

Prince Fielder will return to Detroit after joining the Rangers prior to the start of the 2014 campaign. He missed the 2014 season due to neck surgery, but since his return has made an impact as the Rangers’ designated hitter. He currently leads everyday players in average, RBI and home runs. His average also leads the American League.

On the mound, Colby Lewis and Yovani Gallardo have stepped up following the loss of Yu Darvish to Tommy John surgery and Derek Holland. Lewis and Gallardo lead the team in winds, but it’s 24-year-old righthander Nick Martinez that has the team’s lowest ERA amongst starters with 10-or-more starts.

Tigers vs. Rangers (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Texas
656 354-302 187-143 38-30 167-159

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Upcoming Detroit Tigers Opponents (June 12 – July 5, 2015)

Cleveland Indians 6/12-14

The Cleveland Indians make their second trip to Comerica Park for the season, June 12-14. In their first series, the Tigers swept the Indians on the road as part of their 6-0 start to the season. The Tigers outscored the Indians 25-15 in three games. The Tigers then took two of three games from the Tribe in Detroit from April 24-26.

Former Detroit Tigers utility player Ryan Raburn, and current Indians designated hitter, leads the club in batting average. Right fielder Brandon Moss, who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs against the Tigers on April 24, leads the team in RBI and home runs.

Cleveland’s rotation is anchored by 25-year-old Danny Salazar, who leads the club in earned run average, strikeouts and wins. Also dominant on the mound is Carlos Carrasco, who is tied with Salazar for most wins amongst starters.

Tigers vs. Indians (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Cleveland
2,165 1,102-1,051-12 598-473-5 77-61 504-578-7

Cincinnati Reds 6/15-16

The Cincinnati Reds make their only trip to Comerica Park during the 2015 campaign from June 15-16 to close out a Tigers seven-game homestand. In his second year, manager Bryan Price will lead the Reds in their first trip to Detroit since the two teams dueled for three games in May 2006. The Reds ended the 2014 season in fourth place in the National League Central Division with a 76-86 record.

The Reds’ corner infielders have been productive at the plate through the first part of the season. Third baseman Todd Frazier, who ended the 2014 season tied as the team’s batting average leader, is currently leading the team in home runs, while first baseman Joey Votto leads the team in RBI. Billy Hamilton continues to show his prowess on the base paths and leads not only the Reds in stolen bases, but also the major league.

Johnny Cueto was the runner up for the National League Cy Young award following a career-high 20 wins and career low 2.25 ERA. Cueto, along with Jason Marquis, lead the 2015 Reds in wins so far this season. With the loss of Homer Bailey to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Reds have called upon rookie righthander Michael Lorenzen to replace the veteran in the rotation. Lorenzen and Anthony DeSclafani bring youth to a rotation of strong veterans including the team’s ERA leader Mike Leake. Closer Aroldis Chapman is looking to ride his momentum from the 2014 season, when he converted 36 of 38 save opportunities. So far this season, he has yet to blow a save and leads all relievers in earned run average.

Tigers vs. Reds (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Cincinnati
18 10-8 4-5 4-2 6-3

Chicago White Sox 6/25-28

The Chicago White Sox open a 10-game homestand for the Tigers with their second trip to Comerica Park from June 25-28. In April, when the two teams dueled in Detroit, the Tigers took two of three games before losing two of three when they were on the road in May.

Avisail Garcia, former Tigers outfielder, is leading the everyday players at the plate for the White Sox in batting average with Jose Abreu not far behind. Abreu leads the club in RBI and home runs, both areas in which he finished the 2014 season as the team’s leader

On the mound, Chris Sale leads the club in wins while Jeff Samardzija leads regular starters in ERA. Newcomers to the White Sox bullpen, closer David Robertson and reliever Matt Alberts are amongst the top relievers for the squad in ERA.

Tigers vs. White Sox (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Tampa Bay
2,100 1,059-1,026-15 560-479-5 69-70 499-547-10

Pittsburgh Pirates 6/30-7/2

The Pittsburgh Pirates travel to Comerica Park for a three-game series from June 30 to July 2. After finishing the 2014 season with a Wild Card appearance and a second place finish in the National League Central, manager Clint Hurdle and the Pirates hosted the Tigers in April for their home-opening series with the Tigers winning two of three games.

In his first season with the club middle infielder Sean Rodriguez is the Pirates’ batting average leader through the first part of the season. Outfielder Andrew Mccutcheon has been fighting through an early season slump, but is still among the top batters in RBI, behind only Starling Marte. The Pirates former No. 1 prospect, Gregory Polacno leads the club in multiple offensive categories including stolen bases and doubles.

On the mound, righthander Gerrit Cole is leading the team in wins. He took a no-decision in his first start before going on to earn wins in his next four starts to close out the month of April. His ERA is second only to veteran A.J. Burnett, who is back with the club after spending the 2014 season with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tigers vs. Pirates (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Pittsburgh
44 23-21 13-6 11-5 10-15

Toronto Blue Jays 7/3-5

The Toronto Blue Jays make their only trip of the season to Detroit, July 3-5. The Blue Jays finished the 2014 season with an 83-79 record and in third place in the American League East Division. The Blue Jays are led by manager John Gibbons who is in his eighth year at the helm.

Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, who ended the 2014 campaign with a 13-10 record, is leading the Blue Jays rotation in wins through the first half of the season. R.A. Dickey, the 2012 Cy Young Award winner and Blue Jays’ 2014 leader in wins, has the most losses of any pitchers in the rotation so far this season and did not earn his first win until May 4.

During the offseason, the Blue Jays added third baseman Josh Donaldson to their lineup in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Donaldson is already making his presence known in the batting order – ranking high in batting average, RBI and home runs amongst every day players through the first part of the season.

Tigers vs. Blue Jays (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Toronto
400 185-215 98-101 23-30 87-114

 

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Upcoming Detroit Tigers Opponents (May 18 – June 10, 2015)

Milwaukee Brewers 5/18-20

The Milwaukee Brewers will make their only visit to Comerica Park this season for a three-game series from May 18-20. The club finished their 2014 campaign in third place in the National League Central Division with an 82-80 record.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy earned his first All-Star selection in 2014 after batting .301 with 176 hits and driving in 69 runs. he also hit a MLB leading 53 doubles, just one more than Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (52).

At 25 and 27, shortstop Jean Segura and left fielder Khris Davis, bring youth to a lineup that includes veterans Ryan Braun and Adam Lind. Segura appeared in a career-high tying 146 games, batting .246 with 126 hits and Davis, who spent his first full season in the majors in 2014, had a .244 average with 122 hits, 69 RBI and 61 extra-base hits.

Righthanded pitcher Wiley Peralta earned a career-high 17 wins, tying him for fifth among National League pitchers in 2014. Joining Peralta in the Brewers’ rotation is fellow righthander Kyle Lohse, who had 13 wins and a 3.54 ERA.

Tigers vs. Brewers (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Milwaukee
418 221-197 115-96 6-3 106-101

Houston Astros (5/21-24)

The Houston Astros close out a seven-game homestand with four games at Comerica Park from May 21-24. After finishing in fourth place in the American League West with a record of 70-92, the Astros hired A.J. Hitch as the team’s new manager. Prior to joining the Astros, Hinch was the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks and worked in the front office of the San Diego Padres.

Jose Altuve, at second base, led all MLB batters with a .341 batting average in 2014, six points higher than Tigers’ designated hitter Victor Martinez. Altuve ended the 2014 campaign as an All-Star and Silver Slugger award winner, thanks to his .341 average, 225 hits, 59 RBI and 56 stolen bases.

On the mound for the Astros, Dallas Keuchel set career highs in wins with 12, complete games with five, strikeouts with 146 and innings pitched with 200.0. He had his lowest career ERA with a 2.93.

Tigers vs. Astros (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Houston
29 16-13 10-6 10-3 6-7

Oakland Athletics (6/2-4)

The Oakland Athletics make their only trip to Comerica Park for a three-game series from June 2-4. After losing to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Wild Card game and finishing in second place in the American League West with an 88-74 record, manager Bob Melvin is looking to take the Athletics to the postseason for the fourth straight season.

In the offseason, the Athletics added corner infielders Ike Davis from Pittsburgh and Brett Laurie from Toronto. The first baseman and third baseman, respectively, bring a .233 and .247 batting average, while combining for 89 RBI, 23 home runs and 148 hits in 2014. The Athletics also signed Billy Butler, who as a part of the American League Champion Kansas City Royals, hit .271 with 149 hits, 32 doubles, nine home runs and 66 RBI.

Sonny Gray returns to the Athletics rotation after finishing the 2014 season with a 14-10 record, a 3.08 ERA and 183 strikeouts. Joining Gray is veteran and All-Star lefthander Scott Kazmir, who had a 15-9 record with a 3.55 ERA in 2014.

Tigers vs. Athletics (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Oakland
1,920 993-913-14 556-400-5 25-30 437-513-9

Chicago Cubs (6/9-10)

The Chicago Cubs, under new manager Joe Maddon, will make their first trip to Comerica Park since 2009 from June 9-10. Prior to joining the Cubs before the start of the season, Maddon managed the Tampa Bay Rays for nine seasons, winning 754 games and leading them to an American League pennant in 2008. The Cubs are looking to rebound from their 73-89 record and last place finish in the National League Central Division.

The Cubs made waves in the offseason with the signing of three-time All-Star and lefthanded pitcher Jon Lester. In 2014, Lester combined for a 16-11 record between his time with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics. He pitched to a 2.46 ERA and struck out 220 batters. He joins righthander Jake Arrieta, who led all Cubs pitchers with 10 wins and 167 strikeouts and had the second lowest ERA of Cubs regular starters with 2.53.

Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo return for another season at Wrigley Field. Castro had a .292 batting average, 65 RBI and 154 hits, while Rizzo contributed with a .286 batting average, 78 RBI and career-high 150 hits.

Tigers vs. Cubs (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Chicago
17 13-4 6-2 4-2 7-2

 

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Opening Day Tigers Today (Detroit vs. Minnesota)

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DETROIT TIGERS (0-0) vs. MINNESOTA TWINS (0-0)

LHP David Price (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (0-0, 0.00)
Monday, April 6, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

WHAT’S ON TAP: The Tigers begin the 2015 campaign this afternoon as they host their AL Central rivals, the Minnesota Twins, in the first of a three-game series at Comerica Park. Following the three-game set vs. the Twins, the Tigers head out on the road for their first road trip of 2015, traveling to Cleveland for three games and wrapping up the road trip with a three-game Interleague series at Pittsburgh.

OPENING DAY NOTES: Today’s contest with the Minnesota Twins marks the 115th Opening Day in Tigers history. The club enters action today with a 54-59-1 record in the previous 114 season openers, including winning three straight season openers. Today marks the sixth time the Tigers have hosted the Twins in Detroit’s home opener. The Tigers defeated the Twins 10-4 at Tiger Stadium on April 7, 1997 and 10-6 at Comerica Park on April 8, 2004, while the club suffered a loss to the Twins at Tiger Stadium on April 12, 1999 (1-0) and at Comerica Park on April 3, 2001 (3-2) and March 31, 2003 (3-1).

SPRING RECAP: The Tigers finished their Grapefruit League schedule with a 12-20-3 record. Detroit batted .255 (300×1175) with 166 runs scored, 56 doubles, 10 triples, 33 home runs and 28 stolen bases during Grapefruit League action. The Tigers led all teams with 28 stolen bases during Spring Training. Detroit compiled a 4.78 ERA (303.1IP/161ER) and had 248 strikeouts, which ranked fifth among American League teams.

MIGGY ON THE MARK VS. HUGHES: Miguel Cabrera has fared well in his career against today’s Twins starter, Phil Hughes. Cabrera enters today’s game with a .516 (16×31) batting average with four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI in his career vs. Hughes. Among active players with at least 20 at bats vs. Hughes, Cabrera leads with a .516 batting average, five home runs and 12 RBI.

VMART SHINES ON OPENING DAY: Victor Martinez has recorded at least one hit on eight of the last nine Opening Days he has played in. During the stretch, Martinez is hitting .303 (10×33) with four runs scored, three doubles, one home run and six RBI.

PRICE GETS THE OPENING DAY NOD: For the fourth time in his career, David Price is starting on Opening Day. Price also started on Opening Day in 2011, 2013 and 2014 while with Tampa Bay. Price’s start snaps Justin Verlander’s streak of starting seven consecutive Opening Days. Before today, the last Tigers pitcher besides Justin Verlander to start on Opening Day was Jeremy Bonderman, who started Opening Day in 2007 vs. Toronto.

Opening Day LogoTIGERS GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Tigers featured one of the top offenses in the American League in 2014, leading the league with a .277 team batting average, 1,557 hits, 325 doubles, 731 RBI, a .331 on-base percentage and a .426 slugging percentage, while they were second with 757 runs scored and tied for fourth with 155 home runs.

TODAY’S TIDBITS
  • The first 40,000 Fans will receive a Detroit Tigers rally towel, courtesy of Ball Park and Meijer.
  • The national anthem will be sung by Motown legends and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Four Tops.
  • Michigan native and recent Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner, J.K. Simmons will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Technical Sergeant David Thomas of the Selfridge Air National Guard from Auburn Hills, Michigan.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE

Record: 0-0 / Streak: —
Game #1 / Home #1
Home: 0-0 / Road 0-0

TIGERS VS. TWINS

2015 Record: 0-0
2015 at Home: 0-0
2015 at Minnesota: 0-0
All-Time Record: 1,085-997-17
All-Time at Home: 577-467-8
All-Time at Comerica Park: 69-67
All-Time at Minnesota: 508-530-9

2015 GAME LOG
Date Site Result Winner/Loser/Save
4/6 DET
4/8 DET
4/9 DET
4/27 MIN
4/28 MIN
4/29 MIN
5/12 DET
5/13 DET
5/14 DET
7/9 MIN
7/10 MIN
7/11 MIN
7/12 MIN
9/14 MIN
9/15 MIN
9/16 MIN
9/25 DET
9/26 DET
9/27 DET
STREAKS

Last five games: 0-0
Last 10 games: 0-0
Last 15 games: 0-0
Last 20 games: 0-0

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Upcoming Detroit Tigers Opponents (April 6 – April 26, 2015)

Minnesota Twins 4/6, 8-9

The Minnesota Twins will kick off the 2015 season for the Tigers at Comerica Park April 6-9. Boasting a new manager, Paul Molitor will lead the Twins this season after previously serving on the team’s coaching staff. The club finished with a 70-92 record, last place in the American League Central in 2014.

The Twins added a familiar face to their lineup for the 2015 season, former Tiger Torii Hunter. Hunter will be the team’s new starting right fielder as he returns to the Twin Cities for his second stint with Minnesota. Hunter made his major league debut with the Twins in 1997 and played 11 seasons before returning in 2015. Hunter ended the 2014 season with the Tigers with a .286 batting average, 157 hits, 33 doubles, 17 home runs and 83 RBI over 142 games.

Infield anchors Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe, second and third baseman respectively, led the Twins offensively in 2014. Dozier had 145 hits, 34 for extra bases, 23 home runs and 71 RBI over 156 games. Plouffe did just as much damage with 134 hits, 42 for extra bases, 14 home runs and 80 RBI over 136 games.

Minnesota starting righthanded pitcher Phil Hughes led the team on the mound in 2014 with a 16-10 record and 3.52 ERA. Hughes gave up 16 walks and struck out 186 over 209.2 innings pitched.

Tigers vs. Twins (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Minnesota
2,009 1,085-997 577-466 124-149 508-530

 

Chicago White Sox 4/17-19

The Chicago White Sox lead off a 10-game homestand at Comerica Park with a weekend series April 17-19. In manager Robin Ventura’s third year at the helm of the White Sox, the team finished fourth place of the American League Central with a 73-89 record.

During the offseason, the White Sox signed free agent Melky Cabrera to replace the bat of Paul Konerko, who retired at the end of the 2014 season. Konerko closed out his 18-year career with 16 seasons on Chicago’s South Side, where he was selected for six All-Star Games and was named the 2005 ALCS MVP. The first baseman concluded the 2014 season batting .207 with 43 hits, 22 RBI and five home runs in 81 games.

An offseason trade with the Oakland Athletics brought righthander Jeff Samardzija back to Chicago. In 2014, Samardzija combined for seven wins, a 2.99 ERA and 202 strikeouts with the Chicago Cubs and the Athletics. He joins lefthanded ace Chris Sale, who led White Sox starters with a 2.17 ERA and a 12-4 record.

The White Sox led Major League Baseball in double plays turned with 170 for the 2014 season in part to the combination of Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham at shortstop and second base, respectively, who will return to those positions for 2015.

Tigers vs. White Sox (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Chicago
2,094 1,056-1,023 558-478 126-126 498-545

 

New York Yankees 4/20-23

The New York Yankees make their only trip to Comerica Park for a four-game series April 20-23. After missing the playoffs for only the third time in the past 20 years, the Yankees are looking to rebound from an 84-78 record and a second place finish in the American League East.

Throughout the 2014 season, the Yankees’ starting rotation was plagued with injury. C.C. Sabathia and Ivan Nova missed most of the season, combining for only 12 starts. Masahiro Tanaka had a 12-4 record, 2.51 ERA and 135:19 strikeout to walk ratio in his first 18 starts, before suffering an injury that left him out of the rotation until late September. Michael Pineda had four starts early in the season before heading to the disabled list until mid-August, when he rejoined the rotation and wrapped up the season with a 1.89 ERA.

The Yankees acquired second baseman Stephen Drew, third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Andrew Miller through free agency signings. They were also involved in a three-team trade with the Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks that brought Shane Greene to Detroit from New York and sent Didi Gregorius from Arizona to New York to fill shortstop position vacated by Derek Jeter’s retirement. Gregorius ended the 2014 season with a .226 average scoring 35 runs, driving in 27 with 20 extra-base hits in 80 games.

Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner used their speed on the base paths combining for 60 stolen bases, 39 and 21, respectively. All three outfielders – Gardner in left, Ellsbury in center and Carlos Beltran in right – combined for 75 doubles, 13 triples and 48 home runs.

Tigers vs. Yankees (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At New York
1,963 917-1,036 508-470 48-66 409-566

 

Cleveland Indians 4/24-26

The Cleveland Indians visit Comerica Park for the first time of the 2015 season to close out the Tigers’ homestand on April 24-26. In Terry Francona’s second year as manager, the Indians finished with an 85-73 record, enough for third in the closest division race of the 2014 season in the American League Central.

Indians ace Corey Kluber ended the season with an 18-9 record and 2.44 ERA in 34 starts. He was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as the 2014 American League Cy Young winner, which was held by former Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer in 2013.

In a trade with the Oakland Athletics, the Indians acquired 2014 All-Star Brandon Moss. He finished 2014 with a .234 average, reaching base 117 times and driving in 81 runs in 147 games.

Catcher Yan Gomes and outfielder Michael Brantley were both selected as Silver Sluggers and are returning for another year in an Indians uniform. Gomes spent 126 games behind the plate and batted .278 with 74 RBI and 21 home runs. Brantley hit for a .327 average with 200 hits, 45 doubles and 20 home runs. He scored 94 runs and batted in 97, setting career highs in each of these categories.

Tigers vs. Indians (All-Time)

Games Record At Home At Comerica Park At Cleveland
2,159 1,097-1,050 596-472 140-132 501-578

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This content was originally published in Issue 1 of “The Tigers Magazine” distributed at stands throughout Comerica Park during the 2015 Detroit Tigers season.

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