DETROIT TIGERS (61-73) vs. CLEVELAND INDIANS (65-68)
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 opened their homestand with an 8-1 loss to the Indians on Friday night at Comerica Park. Dixon Machado went 1×3 with a run scored and a double in the loss, while Miguel Cabrera added a hit and a RBI. Kyle Lobstein started for Detroit and suffered the loss, giving up six runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 4.1 innings. The Tigers and Indians play game two of their three-game series tonight. Following this weekend’s series, the homestand continues with three games vs. Tampa Bay (September 7-9).
CABRERA MOVING UP THE TIGERS ALL-TIME HITS LIST: With one hit in last night’s game, Miguel Cabrera tied Dick McAuliffe for 14th in franchise history with 1,471 hits. Cabrera is now 19 hits away from tying Willie Horton for 13th in club history with 1,490 hits.
VALDEZ RECORDS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE STRIKEOUT: Jose Valdez pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief in last night’s game with one hit allowed and one strikeout. Valdez recorded the first strikeout of his major league career to end the ninth inning as he struck out Yan Gomes.
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE: The Tigers turned two double plays in last night’s game, marking the 33rd time this season the Tigers have recorded multiple double plays in a game. Detroit has turned 132 double plays this season, which ranks tied for second in the American League.
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 .365 (200×548) with 107 runs scored, 32 doubles, 40 home runs and 129 RBI in 142 games vs. the Indians, while Martinez is batting .341 (95×279) with 49 runs scored, 25 doubles, 12 home runs and 63 RBI in 75 games vs. Cleveland. Cabrera has continued his success vs. the Indians this season, hitting .587 (27×46) with 12 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 .365 batting average, a .437 on-base percentage and a .642 slugging percentage. Martinez ranks third among active players with a .559 slugging percentage, while he is fourth with a .341 batting average and fifth with a .411 on-base percentage.
VERLANDER’S VICTORY FOR VETERANS: This season, for each Saturday home game, 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.
The Detroit Tigers Foundation 50/50 Charity Raffle continues at Comerica Park this season. This weekend, the raffle will happen on Friday and Saturday. The partner charity for this weekend’s 50/50 raffle is Friends of Camp Mak-a-Dream, Michigan Chapter. The mission of Friends of Camp Mak-A-Dream, Michigan Chapter is to support the mission and goals of Camp Mak-A-Dream in Montana by providing strategic, financial and marketing support for specifically chosen projects that will further the growth and advancement of Camp Mak-A-Dream, a cost-free camp program for children and young adults with cancer.
- The game ball will be delivered by Major John Samples of the United States Army.
- The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by Christopher Thompson, representing Bank of America and current International Boxing Federation Light Middleweight Champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage.
- The national anthem will be performed by the Grosse Pointe Theatre.
- Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will follow the game (weather permitting).
- Upon exit, Dunkin Donuts coupons will be distributed at all gates.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 61-73 / Streak: L3
Game #135 / Home #67
Home: 30-36 / Road 31-37
TIGERS VS. INDIANS
2015 Record: 9-4
2015 at Home: 4-3
2015 at Cleveland: 5-1
All-Time Record: 1,106-1,054-12
All-Time at Home: 600-475-5
All-Time at Comerica Park: 79-63
All-Time at Cleveland: 506-579-7
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 1-4
Last 10 games: 2-8
Last 15 games: 3-12
Last 20 games: 6-14
This content was originally published on September 5, 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.