DETROIT TIGERS (61-72) vs. CLEVELAND INDIANS (64-68)
LHP Kyle Lobstein (3-5, 4.34) vs. RHP Josh Tomlin (3-1, 3.08)
Friday, September 4, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers closed their road trip with a 15-7 loss to the Royals on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. Nick Castellanos had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI in the game, while Tyler Collins also added three hits and a RBI. Anthony Gose led off the game with a home run, his fifth of the season, and had two hits, while Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler each added two hits in the loss. Kyle Ryan took the loss after giving up three runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 4.2 innings of relief. The Tigers begin a six-game homestand tonight as they open a three-game series vs. Cleveland. Following this weekend’s series, the homestand continues with three games vs. Tampa Bay (September 7-9).
ROSTER UPDATE: The Tigers have announced the following roster moves: ● Prior to tonight’s game, the Tigers will recall the contracts of righthanded pitchers Jeff Ferrell and Jose Valdez and infielder Dixon Machado from Toledo. Ferrell has pitched in 11 games with the Mud Hens and has a 0-1 record with four saves and a 4.76 ERA (11.1IP/6ER), while Valdez has appeared in 42 games with Toledo and has a 4-5 record with five saves and a 3.32 ERA (57.0IP/21ER). Machado has posted a .261 (133×509) batting average with four home runs and 48 RBI in 127 games with the Mud Hens. ● Following last night’s game, the Tigers optioned the contract of righthanded pitcher Guide Knudson to Triple A Toledo.
CABRERA MOVING UP THE TIGERS ALL-TIME HITS LIST: With two hits last night, Miguel Cabrera now has 1,470 hits as a member of the Tigers. Cabrera is one hit away from tying Dick McAuliffe for 14th in franchise history with 1,471 hits.
KINSLER PILING UP THE MULTI-HIT GAMES: Ian Kinsler went 2×4 with a run scored and a double in last night’s game to record his major league leading 52nd multi-hit game of the season. Kinsler has recorded two-or-more hits in 16 of his last 31 games and is batting .389 (47×120) with 27 runs scored, nine doubles, three triples, five home runs and 21 RBI during the 31-game stretch.
CASTELLANOS CONTINUES TO MASH: Nick Castellanos went 3×4 with a run scored, two doubles and three RBI in last night’s game. The performance marked Castellanos’ 26th multi-hit game this season and his seventh game with three-or-more hits. Castellanos has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 games and is batting .344 (21×61) with seven doubles, one triple, four home runs and 15 RBI over his last 16 games.
LEADING OFF WITH A BANG: Anthony Gose began last night’s game with a leadoff home run off Edinson Volquez. The homer marked the second leadoff home run of Gose’s career (last, 4/11/2015 at CLE) and third by the Tigers this season. The home run was Gose’s fifth of the season, establishing a new single-season career high.
VERHAGEN ON A ROLL: Drew VerHagen pitched 1.0 shutout innings with one hit allowed last night. He has now thrown six straight scoreless outings and has not allowed a run in six of his last seven appearances since being recalled by the Tigers on August 19. Over the seven-game stretch, VerHagen has a 0.93 ERA (9.2IP/1ER) with eight hits allowed, four walks and six strikeouts.
- The Detroit Tigers will honor 2015 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winter and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Tom Gage in an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game. Gage is a former Detroit Tigers beat reporter for the Detroit News and FOXSportsDetroit.com of 36 years.
- The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by Rahil Sanghvi, representing Bank of America, Tigers Fan Chas Helnick and Secretary of State and Oakland University Alumna, Ruth Johnson.
- The national anthem will be performed by vocalist and Oakland University Alumni Steve Acho.
- Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will follow the game (weather permitting).
- Upon exit, Dunkin Donuts mugs will be distributed at all gates.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 61-72 / Streak: L2
Game #134 / Home #66
Home: 30-25 / Road 31-37
TIGERS VS. INDIANS
2015 Record: 9-3
2015 at Home: 4-2
2015 at Cleveland: 5-1
All-Time Record: 1,106-1,053-12
All-Time at Home: 600-474-5
All-Time at Comerica Park: 79-62
All-Time at Cleveland: 506-579-7
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 1-4
Last 10 games: 2-8
Last 15 games: 4-11
Last 20 games: 7-13
This content was originally published on September 4, 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.