DETROIT TIGERS (59-61) vs. TEXAS RANGERS (61-59)
RHP Justin Verlander (1-5, 4.11) vs. RHP Colby Lewis (13-5, 4.49)
Friday, August 21, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers won their third straight game on Thursday night as they defeated the Rangers, 4-0, at Comerica Park. Alfredo Simon tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out five and walking two. Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez each had two hits and a RBI in the win, while Nick Castellanos went 1×2 with two RBI. The Tigers and Rangers play game two of their four-game series tonight. Following this weekend’s series, the Tigers travel to Cincinnati on Monday for a makeup game against the Reds, before continuing the homestand on Tuesday with a three-game series vs. the Angels.
TIGERS ACQUIRE RANDY WOLF FROM TORONTO: The Tigers on Thursday announced that they have acquired lefthanded pitcher Randy Wolf from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations in a minor league deal. Wolf will start Saturday’s game vs. Texas. In 23 starts this season with Triple A Buffalo, Wolf has compiled a 9-2 record with a 2.58 ERA (139.2IP/40ER) and 106 strikeouts.
SIMON SAYS SHUTOUT: Making the 74th start of his major league career, Alfredo Simon tossed his first complete game last night vs. the Rangers, allowing just one hit with two walks and five strikeouts. Simon became the third Tigers pitcher this season to throw a shutout, joining David Price (June 12 vs. Cleveland) and Anibal Sanchez (June 15 vs. Cincinnati). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is only the third time in the last 17 years that three different Detroit pitchers have thrown shutouts in one season. This also happened in 2004 (Jeremy Bonderman, Jason Johnson and Mike Maroth) and 2012 (Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander).
MULTI-HIT MIGGY: Miguel Cabrera went 2×2 with two runs scored and a RBI in last night’s game to record his fourth multi-hit game in his last five contests. In six games since returning from the disabled list on August 14, Cabrera is batting .455 (10×22) with eight runs scored, three doubles, one home run and five RBI.
NICK DRIVES ‘EM IN: Nick Castellanos had a pair of RBI in last night’s game and has now driven in seven runs in his last three contests. Since July 1, Castellanos has recorded 32 RBI, which is tied for the seventh most in the American League during that stretch.
STREAKING: Tyler Collins and Victor Martinez each enter tonight’s game with a six-game hitting streak. Over his last six games, Collins is batting .429 (9×21) with two runs scored, three doubles and five RBI. Martinez is hitting .333 (6×18) with three doubles and five RBI during his six-game hitting streak.
DETROIT TIGERS FOURNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE: 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 Detroit PAL. Detroit PAL builds character in young people through athletic, academic and leadership development programs. Tickets will be sold on a digital platform and are three for $5, 10 for $10 and 40 for $20. The winner will be announced on the Comerica Park scoreboard before the end of the game. The 50/50 Charity Raffle program has raised more than $1,038,391.50 for charity with the single largest one-game prize of the program being $17,039.50.
MSU NIGHT: The Detroit Tigers along with FOX Sports Detroit are hosting the third installment of their University Days series at Comerica Park. MSU cheerleaders will provide on-field pregame entertainment along with a performance from the MSU 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 Sparty, MSU’s official mascot. All fans who purchased the MSU University Days ticket package will receive a Detroit Tigers baseball hat in MSU colors and a donation will be made to the MSU General Scholarship Fund.
- The national anthem will be performed by Steve Martin, a doctoral student, studying voice performance in the MSU School of Music and the Michigan State University Police Honor Guard will present our nations colors.
- The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Rochelle Chezick, representing Bank of America and former Spartan basketball player, Mateen Cleaves.
- Friday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will follow the game (weather permitting).
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 59-61 / Streak: W3
Game #121 / Home #60
Home: 29-30 / Road 30-31
TIGERS VS. RANGERS
2015 Record: 1-0
2015 at Home: 1-0
2015 at Texas: 0-0
All-Time Record: 355-302
All-Time at Home: 188-143
All-Time at Comerica Park: 39-30
All-Time at Texas: 167-159
2015 GAME LOG
Last five games: 3-2
Last 10 games: 5-5
Last 15 games: 8-7
Last 20 games: 10-10
This content was originally published on August 21, 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.