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DETROIT TIGERS (46-47) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (43-51)

RHP Anibal Sanchez (9-7, 4.55) vs. LHP Mike Montgomery (4-3, 2.51)
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers dropped an 11-9 decision to the Mariners on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Nick Castellanos had three hits, including his seventh home run of the season, while Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez also homered in the loss. Ian Kinsler added two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Neftali Feliz took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits with one walk and two strikeouts in 1.0 innings. The Tigers and Mariners play game three of their four-game series tonight. 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.

EVERYDAY I’M HOMERIN’: J.D. Martinez hit his 27th home run of the season in last night’s game, blasting a two-run shot off Taijuan Walker in the third inning. According to ESPN Stats & Info, the estimated distance on Martinez’s home run was 466 feet, which was the longest of his career. Martinez’s 27 home runs are a single-season career high and are the third most in the American League. Over his last 31 games, Martinez has hit 17 homers and driven in 35 runs. Martinez enters tonight’s game with a home run every 12.89 at bats, which ranks third in the American League.

KINSLER PILING UP THE MULTI-HIT GAMES: Ian Kinsler had two hits and scored two runs in last night’s game. Kinsler now has 33 multi-hit games this season, which ranks tied for third in the American League. Kinsler has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games with at least one plate appearance and is batting .345 (20×58) with eight runs scored, four doubles, one triple, three home runs and 10 RBI during that stretch.

CESPEDES FOR THE REST OF US: Yoenis Cespedes hit his 14th home run of the season in last night’s game. Cespedes enters tonight’s game ranked second in the American League with 27 doubles, fourth with 106 hits, tied for fourth with 43 extra base hits, fifth with 32 multi-hit games and ninth with 179 total bases.

WHAT A RELIEF: Alex Wilson worked a scoreless inning of relief in last night’s game, allowing one walk and striking out one. Dating back to June 9, Wilson has not allowed an earned run in 14 of 18 appearances and has a 2.08 ERA (21.2IP/5ER) during the stretch. For the season, Wilson ranks 14th among American League relievers with a 2.12 ERA (46.2IP/11ER).

LOOKING FOR THE LEFTY: Jose Iglesias and Nick Castellanos have each had success against lefthanded pitchers this season. Iglesias enters tonight’s game hitting .397 (25×63) with three doubles, one triple, one home run and nine RBI vs. lefties, while Castellanos is batting .323 (20×62) with a double, a triple and seven RBI. Iglesias’ .397 batting average vs. lefties leads the American League, while Castellanos’ .323 average ranks 10th.

VMART ON THE MARK VS. THE MARINERS: Victor Martinez has had success in his career against the Mariners. In 77 career games vs. Seattle, Martinez is hitting .325 (94×289) with 32 runs scored, 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 56 RBI. Martinez has hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games against the Mariners and has 11 multi-hit games during the stretch.

GETTING OFFENSIVE: The Tigers offense has posted impressive numbers in the month of July. In 17 games this month, Detroit is hitting .295 (176×597) with 91 runs scored, 31 doubles, four triples, 27 home runs and 87 RBI. The Tigers .295 batting average this month leads the American League, while they are tied for first in home runs and second in runs scored, hits, doubles and runs per game.

TRUEMU Night: The Detroit Tigers along with FOX Sports Detroit are hosting the second installment of their University Days series at Comerica Park. EMU cheerleaders and dance team will provide on-field pregame entertainment along with a performance from the EMU dance team before the game. The cheerleaders and dance team members will accompany the DTE Energy Squad during the seventh inning stretch. The night will also feature a special appearance by Swoop, EMU’s mascot. All fans who purchased the TRUEMU ticket package will receive a Detroit Tigers baseball hat in EMU colors.

TONIGHT’S TIDBITS
  • The national anthem will be performed by EMU student, Kelsey Tate.
  • The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Walter Kraft, Eastern Michigan University’s Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs.
  • The first 10,000 fans will receive a “Rally Time” Floppy Hate, courtesy of National Coney Island.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE

Record: 46-47 / Streak: L1
Game #94 / Home #51
Home: 24-26 / Road 22-21

TIGERS VS. MARINERS

2015 Record: 3-2
2015 at Home: 1-1
2015 at Seattle: 2-1
All-Time Record: 208-180-1
All-Time at Home: 117-80-1
All-Time at Comerica Park: 34-34
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 W, 5-4 Alburquerque/Lowe/Soria
7/21 DET L, 11-9 Beimel/Feliz/Smith
7/22 DET
7/23 DET
STREAKS

Last five games: 2-3
Last 10 games: 4-6
Last 15 games: 7-8
Last 20 games: 9-11

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This content was originally published on July 22, 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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