DETROIT TIGERS (45-45) vs. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (45-45)
RHP Justin Verlander (0-2, 5.34) vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (7-6, 4.24)
Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers were shut out by the Orioles 3-0 on Saturday night at Comerica Park. David Price pitched well for the Tigers, but took the loss, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Ian Kinsler had the only hit of the game for the Detroit offense. The Tigers and Orioles conclude their three-game series this afternoon. Following today’s game, the Tigers continue their seven-game homestand with four games vs. the Seattle Mariners.
KRAUSS REINSTATED FROM PATERNITY LIST, MACHADO OPTIONED: Prior to today’s game, the Tigers will reinstate infielder Marc Krauss from the paternity list. Following last night’s game, the Tigers optioned the contract of INF Dixon Machado to Triple A Toledo.
PRICE PILING UP THE PUNCHOUTS: David Price recorded his third game with double-digit strikeouts last night, finishing the game with 12 punchouts. The performance also marked Price’s 28th career game with 10-or-more strikeouts. Since 2009, Price’s 28 games of 10-or-more strikeouts are tied with Chris Sale for the second most in the American League, trailing only Felix Hernandez, who has 31 double-digit strikeout games in that time period. Price currently ranks fourth in the AL with 127 strikeouts this season.
FROM THE TOP: Ian Kinsler went 1×4 in last night’s game to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Over his last seven games, Kinsler is batting .379 (11×29) with three runs scored, three doubles, one home run and three RBI. Since being moved to the leadoff spot on July 3 vs. Toronto, Kinsler has hit safely in 10 of 11 games and is batting .340 (16×47) with four runs scored, three doubles, one home run and seven RBI.
WHAT A RELIEF: Alex Wilson worked a scoreless inning of relief in last night’s game. Dating back to June 9, Wilson has not allowed an earned run in 12 of 16 appearances and has a 2.33 ERA (19.1IP/5ER) during the stretch. For the season, Wilson ranks 16th among American League relievers with a 2.23 ERA (44.1IP/11ER).
KINSLER ON TARGET VS. BALTIMORE: Ian Kinsler has had success in his career against the Baltimore Orioles. In 66 career games vs. Baltimore, Kinsler has a .327 (89×272) batting average with 51 runs scored, 15 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs and 44 RBI. Kinsler has hit safely in 23 of his last 27 games against Baltimore and has 12 multi-hit games during that stretch.
VERLANDER’S VICTORY FOR VETERANS: When Justin Verlander takes the mound at Comerica Park, he strives for victory. This season, his outings on the hill take on a new meaning. For each of his home starts, Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander’s personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. Veterans share 18 luxury suite tickets and parking passes in the Tigers Parking Garage. Food and beverage is provided for the guests courtesy of Verlander. Veterans receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander and a Verlander’s Victory for Veterans t-shirt. When you see Verlander on the mound, he is not only playing for his team and Tigers fans around the world, he is also playing for America’s heroes.
KINDERVISION: The Detroit Tigers continue to partner with KinderVision through an MLB initiative to raise awareness of and prevent child abduction and child exploitation. KinderVision is hosted by the Tigers at an awareness booth, located in the Brushfire Grill, to protect families through a unique, pro-active, video-based program. The awareness booth will provide educational materials for parents and children as well as a complimentary DVD for children with safety tips. As an added incentive, children are able to be video recorded at the booth with the video clip edited to the end of the DVD creating a personalized video. KinderVision works in conjunction with law enforcement, media, educators and the public and private sectors to provide educational resources for law enforcement, parents, children, and youth to help children understand the dangers that exist and to provide them with the tools they need to stop crimes of violence and sexual exploitation against children. For more information, visit www.TheGreatestSave.org.
All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-under will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game, weather permitting.
- The national anthem will be performed by the Saline Summer Band.
- God Bless America will be performed by 13-year-old Caleb Carroll prior to the bottom of the seventh inning.
- All kids 14-and-under will receive a PAWS Coin Bank, courtesy of Total Performance Oil.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 45-45 / Streak: L1
Game #91 / Home #48
Home: 23-24 / Road 22-21
TIGERS VS. ORIOLES
2015 Record: 1-1
2015 at Home: 1-1
2015 at Baltimore: 0-0
All-Time Record: 1,046-948-11
All-Time at Home: 556-440-3
All-Time at Comerica Park: 26-27
All-Time at Baltimore: 480-508-8
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 1-4
Last 10 games: 4-6
Last 15 games: 6-9
Last 20 games: 9-11
This content was originally published on July 19, 2015. It was delivered electronically to specific media contacts and the entire Detroit Tigers front office staff, as well as being available to media in the press box and distributed to fans at program stands around Comerica Park.