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 (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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This content was originally published in Issue 4 of “The Tigers Magazine” distributed at stands throughout Comerica Park during the 2015 Detroit Tigers season.

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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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This content was originally published in Issue 2 of “The Tigers Magazine” distributed at stands throughout Comerica Park during the 2015 Detroit Tigers season.

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