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DETROIT TIGERS (53-55) vs. BOSTON RED SOX (48-61)

LHP Daniel Norris (2-1, 3.23) vs. RHP Joe Kelly (3-6, 6.11)
Friday, August 7, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers won the rubber game of their series against the Royals with an 8-6 win on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. With the game tied at six in the bottom of the ninth, Ian Kinsler hit a walk-off, two-run home run to give the Tigers the win. Victor Martinez added a pair of home runs and had five RBI in the victory. Alex Wilson notched his second victory of the season, throwing a scoreless ninth inning with one hit allowed and two walks. The Tigers continue their six-game homestand tonight as they begin a three-game series vs. the Boston Red Sox. Following this weekend’s series, the Tigers embark on an eight-game road trip, which includes three games at Kansas City (August 10-12), three games at Houston (August 14-16) and two games at the Chicago Cubs (August 18-19).

KINSLER PROVIDES THE WALK-OFF WINNER: The Tigers recorded their sixth walk-off win of the season on Thursday as Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth off Ryan Madson. Kinsler recorded the sixth walk-off hit of his career and his third of 2015 with his last coming on May 12 vs. Minnesota. It was also Kinsler’s second career walk-off home run and his first since July 19, 2009 vs. Minnesota.

V-MART GOES DEEP TWICE: Victor Martinez blasted a pair of home runs yesterday, hitting a three-run home run in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The performance marked Martinez’s seventh multi-homer game of his career and his first with the Tigers. His last game with two-or-more home runs came when he was with the Red Sox on September 17, 2010 vs. Toronto. Martinez also drove in five runs in yesterday’s game, marking his sixth career game with five-or-more RBI and his first since August 20, 2014 at Tampa Bay.

KINSLER PILING UP THE MULTI-HIT GAMES: Ian Kinsler went 2×5 with three runs scored, a home run and three RBI in yesterday’s game to record his 41st multi-hit game of the season. Kinsler’s 41 multi-hit games this season ranks tied for second in the American League. Over his last 17 games, Kinsler is hitting .411 (30×73) with 17 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, three home runs and 11 RBI.

GETTIN’ IGGY WITH IT: Jose Iglesias went 2×5 with a run scored in Thursday’s game. Iglesias has hit safely in 13 of his last 17 games and is batting .329 (23×70) with 13 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple and three RBI during the stretch. Iglesias enters tonight’s game ranked fifth in the American League with a .314 batting average and 10.00 plate appearances per strikeout.

WHAT A RELIEF: Alex Wilson notched his second win of the season on Thursday, throwing a scoreless inning with one hit allowed and two walks. Wilson has not allowed an earned run in 12 straight outings and in 22 of his last 26 appearances dating back to June 9. Over his last 26 outings, Wilson has a 1.52 ERA (29.2IP/5ER). For the season, Wilson ranks second among American League relievers with 54.2 innings pitched, while he is eighth with a 1.81 ERA (54.2IP/11ER).

BOBBY MURCER AWARD: In March, B.A.T. announced the Detroit Tigers as the American League re-cipient of the 2015 Bobby Murcer Award, which is named after former B.A.T. Chairman who introduced the B.A.T. Spring Training Fundraising Tour. The Award is given to the team in both the American League (Tigers) and National League (Los Angeles Dodgers) whose players commit the most amount of money to B.A.T. during the Spring Training Tour. This is the first time the Tigers have won the Award.

¡FIESTA TIGRES! 

As a kickoff to the 2015 ¡Fiesta Tigres! festivities, Sean Blackman in Transit will be performing on the Comerica Park concourse in the Big Cat Court from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

PLACIDO POLANCO Q&A SESSION: Fans will have the opportunity to experience an up-close and personal one-on-one interview with Placido Polanco. The interview will take place from 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. on the Comerica Park concourse in the Big Cat Court.

TONIGHT’S TIDBITS
  • The national anthem will be performed by the DTE Singers.
  • The game ball will be delivered by Airman First Class Joshua Legant of the United States Air Force from Holly, Michigan.
  • Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will follow the game (weather permitting).
TIGERS AT A GLANCE

Record: 53-55 / Streak: W2
Game #109 / Home #56
Home: 27-28 / Road 26-27

TIGERS VS. RED SOX

2015 Record: 1-2
2015 at Home: 0-0
2015 at Boston: 1-2
All-Time Record: 963-1,029-13
All-Time at Home: 527-465-7
All-Time at Comerica Park: 28-31
All-Time at Boston: 436-564-6

2015 GAME LOG
Date Site Result Winner/Loser/Save
7/24 BOS L, 2-1 (11) Masterson/Hardy
7/25 BOS W, 5-1 Simon/Wright
7/26 BOS L, 11-1 Rodriguez/Greene
8/7 DET
8/8 DET
8/9 DET
STREAKS

Last five games: 3-2
Last 10 games: 5-5
Last 15 games: 7-8
Last 20 games: 9-11

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This content was originally published on August 7, 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.

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