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. 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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Opening Day Tigers Today (Detroit vs. Minnesota)

Tigers Today Logo

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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