DETROIT TIGERS (32-30) vs. CLEVELAND INDIANS (29-32)
RHP Alfredo Simon (6-3, 2.76) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (3-7, 3.53)
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers dropped a 5-4 decision to the Indians on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. Yoenis Cespedes had three hits and scored a run in the loss, while J.D. Martinez hit his 11th home run of the season and went 2×4 with a run scored, a double and two RBI. Blaine Hardy was saddled with the loss out of the bullpen after allowing two runs on two hits in 0.1 innings. Justin Verlander started for Detroit and did
not factor into the decision after pitching 5.0 innings and giving up two runs on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The Tigers and Indians play the rubber game of their three-game series this afternoon. Following today’s game, the seven-game homestand concludes with a two-game Interleague series vs. Cincinnati.
CESPEDES PILING UP THE MULTI-HIT GAMES: Yoenis Cespedes had three hits in Saturday’s game, marking his 24th multi-hit game of the season. Cespedes’ 24 multi-hit games rank tied for third in the American League. The performance also marked his seventh three-hit game of the season, which is tied for the fourth most in the AL.
TRIPLE THREAT: Rajai Davis recorded his sixth triple of the season in yesterday’s game, giving him the American League lead. Davis’ six triples are also tied for the most he’s had in a single season, equaling his total from 2011 with Toronto.
RAJAI NEARING 1,000 GAMES PLAYED: Rajai Davis enters today’s game with 999 games played in his major league career. In his first 999 games, Davis has a career batting average of .271 (820×3027) with 439 runs scored, 167 doubles, 33 triples, 36 home runs, 286 RBI and 318 stolen bases.
STREAKING: Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez each enter today’s game on seven-game hitting streaks. Over his last seven games, Cespedes is batting .481 (13×27) with seven runs scored, one double, two home runs and five RBI, while Martinez is hitting .308 (8×26) with three runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI over his last seven games.
CABRERA, CESPEDES, J.D MARTINEZ ON TARGET VS. KLUBER: Miguel Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez have each had success against Corey Kluber. Cabrera is hitting .576 (19×33) with two doubles, four home runs and nine RBI against Kluber, while Cespedes is batting .400 (4×10) with a double, a home run and three RBI. Martinez enters today’s game batting .417 (5×12) with a double, a home run and two RBI in his career vs. Kluber.
PAWS FOR APPLAUSE: The PAWS for Applause program is a partnership between the Detroit Tigers and the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. It’s a campaign that celebrates youth who volunteer their time and resources to make the community better. During the 2015 Tigers season, fans have the opportunity to submit an essay to the O&E Newspapers to nominate a young person in their community for doing something to make their community better. The winner will be recognized on-field prior to the first pitch on Sunday’s game.
ALL-STAR VOTING STILL OPEN: Voting has started for Major League Baseball’s 86th All-Star Game held at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports and this year will be conducted exclusively online. Fans around the world can cast their votes for position starts 35 times by visiting tigers.com/vote. Voting is open now through July 2 and fans are encouraged to vote early and often. Last year, Miguel Cabrera was elected as the American League’s starting first baseman, marking the second time he has been selected to start an All-Star Game.
- The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Alexis Butcher.
- The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Rick Dale, from TV’s American Restoration.
- All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-under will receive a J.D. Martinez poster, courtesy of Meijer, enjoy free rides courtesy of Kroger on the Co-merica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel and are invited to the field for Kids Run the Bases, courtesy of Aquafina and Meijer following the game, weather permitting.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 32-30 / Streak: L1
Game #63 / Home #34
Home: 16-17 / Road 16-13
TIGERS VS. INDIANS
2015 Record: 6-2
2015 at Home: 3-3
2015 at Cleveland: 3-0
All-Time Record: 1,103-1,052-12
All-Time at Home: 599-474-5
All-Time at Comerica Park: 78-62
All-Time at Cleveland: 504-578-7
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 3-2
Last 10 games: 4-6
Last 15 games: 5-10
Last 20 games: 7-13
This content was originally published on June 14, 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.