DETROIT TIGERS (32-29) vs. CLEVELAND INDIANS (28-32)
RHP Justin Verlander (No Record) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (7-5, 4.35)
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 4:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers posted a 4-0 win over the Indians on Friday night at Comerica Park. David Price threw his second consecutive complete game and his first shutout of the season, scattering seven hits and striking out eight to improve his record to 6-2. Miguel Cabrera drove in all four runs for Detroit, hitting a three-run home run, his 13th of the season, and driving in the fourth run with a RBI double. Rajai Davis also added two hits and scored a run. The Tigers and Indians play game two of their three-game series this afternoon. Following this weekend’s series vs. the Indians, the seven-game homestand concludes with a two-game Interleague series vs. Cincinnati.
VERLANDER ACTIVATED FROM DL, NESBITT OPTIONED: Prior to today’s game, the Tigers will activate righthanded pitcher Justin Verlander from the 15-day disabled list and he will start today’s game. Verlander has been sidelined since March 29 with a right triceps strain. Following last night’s game, the Tigers optioned the contract of righthanded pitcher Angel Nesbitt to Triple A Toledo.
PRICE GOES THE DISTANCE: David Price worked his second consecutive complete game last night, allowing just seven hits and striking out eight. It was Price’s first shutout since he blanked the Angels on April 24, 2012. It also marked the second time in Price’s career that he has thrown back-to-back complete games and the first time since July 7, 2013 vs. the White Sox and July 12, 2013 vs. Houston. Price’s 93 pitches were the fewest needed by a Tigers pitcher to throw a nine-inning complete game since Armando Galarraga threw 88 pitches in a complete game effort on June 2, 2010 vs. Cleveland.
MIGGY’S MONSTER BLAST: Miguel Cabrera hit his 13th home run of the season in last night’s win, a three-run shot in the sixth inning. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the home run traveled 452 feet, the longest home run for Cabrera since he hit a 453-foot blast on May 19, 2013 at Texas.
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.
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 Dan Romzek.
- The game ball will be delivered by 1st Lieutenant Gil Morales of the U.S. Army from Albuquerque, NM. 1LT Morales recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Les Gold, star of TV’s Hardcore Pawn.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 32-29 / Streak: W1
Game #62 / Home #33
Home: 16-16 / Road 16-13
TIGERS VS. INDIANS
2015 Record: 5-1
2015 at Home: 2-1
2015 at Cleveland: 3-0
All-Time Record: 1,102-1,052-12
All-Time at Home: 598-474-5
All-Time at Comerica Park: 77-62
All-Time at Cleveland: 504-578-7
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 3-2
Last 10 games: 3-7
Last 15 games: 5-10
Last 20 games: 8-12
This content was originally published on June 13, 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.