DETROIT TIGERS (62-73) vs. CLEVELAND INDIANS (65-69)
RHP Justin Verlander (3-6, 3.40) vs. RHP Cody Anderson (2-3, 4.17)
Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers evened their series against the Indians with a 6-0 win on Saturday night at Comerica Park. Three Tigers pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout, led by starter Alfredo Simon, who tossed 7.0 shutout innings with two hits allowed, four walks and five strikeouts. Offensively, J.D. Martinez hit a two-run home run, his 35th of the season, while Tyler Collins blasted a solo homer, his third of the year. Ian Kinsler and James McCann each added two hits and a RBI in the victory. The Tigers and Indians conclude their three-game series this afternoon. Following today’s game, the homestand continues with three games vs. Tampa Bay (September 7-9).
J.D. POWER: J.D. Martinez hit his 35th home run of the season last night, blasting a two-run shot off Danny Salazar in the third inning. Martinez’s 35 home runs are a single-season career high and are tied for the fourth most in the American League. Martinez is the 10th player in franchise history to hit 35-or-more home runs in a season, joining Miguel Cabrera (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013), Norm Cash (1961, 1962), Rocky Colavito (1960, 1961, 1962), Darrell Evans (1985), Cecil Fielder (1990, 1991, 1992), Hank Greenberg (1935, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1946), Willie Horton (1968), Dean Palmer (1999) and Rudy York (1937).
KINSLER PILING UP THE MULTI-HIT GAMES: Ian Kinsler went 2×4 with a RBI in last night’s game to record his major league leading 53rd multi-hit game of the season. Kinsler has recorded two-or-more hits in 17 of his last 33 games and is batting .381 (51×134) with 27 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, five home runs and 22 RBI during the 33-game stretch.
SIMON CONTINUES SUCCESS VS. INDIANS: Alfredo Simon earned his 12th win of the season last night, throwing 7.0 shutout innings with two hits allowed, four walks and five strikeouts. The performance continued Simon’s success this season against Cleveland. In four starts vs. the Indians in 2015, Simon has posted a 4-0 record with a 1.50 ERA (24.0IP/4ER) and 16 strikeouts.
MIGGY, VMART ON THE MARK VS. THE INDIANS: Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez have each put up impressive numbers in their career against the Indians. Cabrera is hitting .363 (200×551) with 108 runs scored, 32 doubles, 40 home runs and 129 RBI in 143 games vs. the Indians, while Martinez is batting .343 (97×283) with 49 runs scored, 25 doubles, 12 home runs and 63 RBI in 76 games vs. Cleveland. Cabrera has continued his success vs. the Indians this season, hitting .551 (27×49) with 13 runs scored, two doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI. Cabrera leads all active players with 40 home runs and 129 RBI vs. the Indians, while he is second with a .363 batting average, a .436 on-base percentage and a .639 slugging percentage. Martinez ranks third among active players with a .558 slugging percentage, while he is fourth with a .343 batting average and fifth with a .412 on-base percentage.
- All kids 14-and-under will receive a Detroit Tigers Back-to-School BPA-Free Water Bottle, presented by SVS Vision.
- The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Tigers Fan Michael Ward.
- The national anthem and God Bless America will be performed by vocalist Jenna Elsenheimer.
- All Sunday home games are Kids Day 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.
- Topps baseball cards will be distributed to all kids at the gates.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 62-73 / Streak: W1
Game #136 / Home #68
Home: 31-36 / Road 31-37
TIGERS VS. INDIANS
2015 Record: 10-4
2015 at Home: 5-3
2015 at Cleveland: 5-1
All-Time Record: 1,107-1,054-12
All-Time at Home: 601-475-5
All-Time at Comerica Park: 80-63
All-Time at Cleveland: 506-579-7
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 3-2
Last 10 games: 6-4
Last 15 games: 8-7
Last 20 games: 11-9
This content was originally published on September 6, 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.