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DETROIT TIGERS (45-46) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (42-50)

RHP Alfredo Simon (8-6 4.53) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (4-5, 4.14)
Monday, July 20, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers dropped the series finale to the Orioles 9-3 on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park. Jose Iglesias was 4×4 with three runs scored and a double, while Yoenis Cespedes and Victor Martinez each had two hits in the loss. Justin Verlander started for Detroit and took the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings. The Tigers continue their seven-game homestand tonight as they begin a four-game series vs. the Seattle Mariners. Following the series vs. Seattle, the Tigers begin a 10-game road trip, which includes three games at Boston, three games at Tampa Bay and four games at Baltimore.

GETTIN’ IGGY WITH IT: Jose Iglesias tied a career-high with four hits in yesterday’s game, going 4×4 with three runs scored and a double. The performance marked Iglesias’ second career four-hit game and his first since April 8, 2015 vs. Minnesota. Iglesias now has 20 multi-hit games this season. He enters tonight’s game ranked third in the American

League with 10.9 plate appearances per strikeout, while he is fifth with a .321 batting average.

CESPEDES FOR THE REST OF US: Yoenis Cespedes had a pair of hits with a RBI in Sunday’s game. Cespedes now has 32 multi-hit games this season, which ranks tied for third in the American League. Cespedes is tied for the American League lead with 27 doubles, while he is tied for third in the AL with 105 hits, tied for fourth with 42 extra base hits, eighth with 175 total bases and 10th with 53 runs scored.

VMART CONTINUES TO MASH: Victor Martinez went 2×5 in yesterday’s loss. Since returning from the disabled list on June 19, Martinez has hit safely in 20 of 25 games and has 10 multi-hit games. Martinez is batting .330 (35×106) with 16 runs scored, nine doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI since being activated from the disabled list.

WHAT A RELIEF: Alex Wilson worked 1.1 innings of scoreless relief in Sunday’s game, allowing two hits. Dating back to June 9, Wilson has not allowed an earned run in 13 of 17 appearances and has a 2.18 ERA (20.2IP/5ER) during the stretch. For the season, Wilson ranks 15th among American League relievers with a 2.17 ERA (45.2IP/11ER).

JV MOVING UP THE TIGERS ALL-TIME INNINGS LIST: With his 3.2 innings pitched in Sunday’s game, Justin Verlander moved into 10th on the Tigers all-time innings pitched list, passing Frank Lary (2008.2IP). Verlander now has thrown 2012.0 innings in his career and is 125.1 innings away from tying Wild Bill Donovan for ninth in club history.

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE: The Tigers turned three double plays in yesterday’s game, marking the 21st time this season they have turned multiple double plays in a game. Detroit has turned 88 double plays this season, which ranks fifth in the American League.

VMART ON THE MARK VS. THE MARINERS: Victor Martinez has had success in his career against the Mariners. In 75 career games vs. Seattle, Martinez is hitting .330 (93×282) with 31 runs scored, 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 56 RBI. Martinez has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games against the Mariners and has 11 multi -hit games during the stretch.

AT COMERICA PARK: The Tigers are 1-2 on their current seven-game homestand. Detroit has a 23-25 record at Comerica Park this season. The Tigers are hitting .287 (476×1657) at home this season, which leads the American League, while the pitching staff has compiled a 4.26 ERA (442.0IP/209ER) at Comerica Park.

MVP (MILITARY VETERAN’S PROGRAM): Mario Impemba’s salute to those who served. Through the program, Mario invites those who served and the families impacted by the service of a loved one in support of our nation to attend Monday home games at Comerica Park. The group of 30 Veterans and guests receive a lower-bowl ticket to the Tigers game, a “MVP” t-shirt, a voucher for a BBQ dinner and an autographed photo of Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba. The Veterans and guests arrive to the ballpark in style in the FOX Sports Detroit Fan Express. On July 20, the Tigers partner with Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 125 from Howell, Michigan.

TONIGHT’S TIDBITS
  • The game ball will be delivered by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Hentkowski of the United States Army from Posen, MI. CW2 Hentkowski has served deployments in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He has been awarded two Bronze Stars, ten Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievements Medals, a Combat Action Badge, and eight Combat Service Stripes. He has proudly served the United States Army for 19 years.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a David Price Bobblehead, sponsored by BallPark.
  • The national anthem will be performed by the Langsford Men’s Chorus. 
TIGERS AT A GLANCE

Record: 45-46 / Streak: L2
Game #92 / Home #49
Home: 23-25 / Road 22-21

TIGERS VS. MARINERS

2015 Record: 2-1
2015 at Home: 0-0
2015 at Seattle: 2-1
All-Time Record: 207-179-1
All-Time at Home: 116-79-1
All-Time at Comerica Park: 33-33
All-Time at Seattle: 91-100

2015 GAME LOG
Date Site Result Winner/Loser/Save
7/6 SEA W, 12-5 Simon/Guaipe
7/7 SEA L, 7-6 (11) Furbush/Krol
7/8 SEA W, 5-4 Sanchez/Guaipe/Soria
7/20 DET
7/21 DET
7/22 DET
7/23 DET
STREAKS

Last five games: 1-4
Last 10 games: 4-6
Last 15 games: 6-9
Last 20 games: 8-12

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This content was originally published on July 20, 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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