DETROIT TIGERS (64-74) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (67-71)
LHP Kyle Lobstein (3-6, 5.02) vs. RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-8, 3.35)
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers picked up their second straight win over the Rays with an 8-7 win in 13 innings on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Rajai Davis drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly, scoring James McCann. Davis had a pair of hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs in the win. J.D. Martinez also homered, his 36th of the season, and had two RBI. Nick Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera, Anthony Gose, McCann and Andrew Romine each contributed two hits. Kyle Ryan picked up the win in relief, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings with one hit allowed. The Tigers and Rays conclude their three-game series tonight. Following tonight’s game, the Tigers embark on their penultimate road trip of 2015, traveling to Cleveland for four games (September 10-13) and Minnesota for three games (September 14-16).
RAJAI’S POWER SURGE: Rajai Davis hit his seventh home run of the season in last night’s game. After hitting four home runs in his first 95 games this season, Davis has hit three homers over the last two games. Davis has homered in back-to-back games for the second time in his career (last, September 3-4, 2013).
J.D. POWER: J.D. Martinez hit his 36th home run of the season last night, blasting a solo shot off Nathan Karns in the eighth inning. Martinez’s 36 home runs are a single-season career high and are the fourth most in the American League. His 36 home runs also rank as tied for the third most by a Tigers outfielder in franchise history. Martinez is tied with Willie Horton (36 in 1968) and trails only Rocky Colavito (45 in 1961 and 37 in 1962).
MULTI-HIT MIGGY: Miguel Cabrera went 2×5 with a run scored in last night’s game to record his 40th multi-hit game of the season. Since returning from the disabled list, Cabrera has recorded two-or-more hits in 12 of 24 games and is batting .352 (32×91) with 15 runs scored, 10 doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI during the 24-game stretch. Cabrera now has 426 multi-hit games as a member of the Tigers, which ranks 11th in franchise history. Cabrera is nine multi-hit games away from tying Bill Freehan for 10th in club history with 435 multi-hit games.
McCANN’S ERRORLESS STREAK A MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD: James McCann enters tonight’s game having not committed an error in his first 102 games played as a catcher in the majors. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the streak is a modern major league record (since 1900) for consecutive errorless games as a catcher to start a career, besting the previous record of 93 games by Frankie Pytlak of the Cleveland Indians from 1932-34.
VERHAGEN ON A ROLL: Drew VerHagen pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with one hit allowed and two strikeouts in last night’s game. He has now thrown nine straight scoreless outings and has not allowed a run in nine of his last 10 appearances since being recalled by the Tigers on August 19. Over the 10- game stretch, VerHagen has a 0.63 ERA (14.1IP/1ER) with 11 hits allowed, five walks and eight strikeouts.
KINSLER NEARING 1,500 HITS: Ian Kinsler enters tonight’s game with 1,499 hits. His 1,499 hits are the fourth-most among active second basemen. By reaching the 1,500 hit mark, Kinsler would become the 77th second baseman in MLB history to reach that accomplishment.
- The national anthem will be performed by vocalist Michael Austin, accompanied by the Dearborn Fire and Police Departments, who will present our nations colors.
FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT: The Detroit Tigers in partnership with BELFOR Property Restoration celebrate the men and women of our local fire and police forces and their dedication to our community through public service while also honoring the men and women who lost their lives during the attacks on 9-11 and local first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Selected firefighters and police officers are invited on the field at Comerica Park and to be recognized for their service to our local communities prior to the National Anthem.
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 64-74/ Streak: W2
Game #139 / Home #72
Home: 33-37 / Road 31-37
TIGERS VS. RAYS
2015 Record: 3-2
2015 at Home: 2-0
2015 at Tampa Bay: 1-2
All-Time Record: 66-62
All-Time at Home: 34-39
All-Time at Comerica Park: 31-25
All-Time at Tampa Bay: 32-33
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 3-2
Last 10 games: 4-6
Last 15 games: 5-10
Last 20 games: 7-13
This content was originally published on September 9, 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.