DETROIT TIGERS (59-62) vs. TEXAS RANGERS (62-59)
LHP Randy Wolf (No Record) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (9-9, 3.39)
Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:08 p.m.
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
RECENT RESULTS: The Tigers had their three-game winning streak snapped last night as they lost to the Rangers 2-0 at Comerica Park. Justin Verlander recorded a quality start for the Tigers, but took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Miguel Cabrera went 3×4 with three doubles in the loss, while Alex Avila, Nick Castellanos, Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez each had one hit. The Tigers and Rangers play game three 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.
ROSTER UPDATE: The Tigers have announced the following roster moves: ● The Tigers today have purchased the contract of lefthanded pitcher Randy Wolf from Triple A Toledo and he will start tonight’s game vs. Texas. Wolf, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, has made 23 starts this season with Triple A Buffalo and has a 9-2 record with a 2.58 ERA (139.2IP/40ER) and 106 strikeouts. ● Following last night’s game, the Tigers optioned the contract of righthanded pitcher Jose Valdez to Triple A Toledo.● To make room on the 40-man roster for Wolf, the Tigers have given first baseman Marc Krauss his unconditional release.
QUALITY WORK FROM JV: Justin Verlander turned in his third consecutive quality start and his seventh quality start of the season last night vs. Texas, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings. Verlander has allowed one earned run-or-fewer in five of his last six starts and has a 1.67 ERA (43.0IP/8ER) with 32 hits allowed, six walks and 40 strikeouts during the six-start stretch.
MULTI-HIT MIGGY: Miguel Cabrera extended his hitting streak to six games last night as he went 3×4 with three doubles. It marked the second time this season and the fourth time in his career that Cabrera has had three doubles in a game. Cabrera has recorded multiple hits in five of his last six games and is hitting .565 (13×23) with eight runs scored, six doubles, one home run and five RBI over his last six games.
KINSLER AMONG THE BEST AFTER ALL-STAR BREAK: Ian Kinsler was 1×4 in last night’s game and has now hit safely in four straight games and in seven of his last eight contests. Over his last eight games, Kinsler is batting .361 (13×36) with eight runs scored, three doubles, one triple, one home run and six RBI. In 33 games since the All-Star break, Kinsler is batting .380 (52×137) with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 17 RBI. Kinsler leads the American League with 52 hits since the All-Star break, while he is tied for first with 28 runs scored, tied for third with 11 doubles and fifth with a .380 batting average.
RUN AT YOUR OWN RISK: J.D. Martinez recorded his 14th outfield assist of the season last night, throwing out Elvis Andrus at third base in the seventh inning. Martinez’s 14 outfield assists are the most in the American League this season and are the most by a Tiger since 2002, when Robert Fick had 21 outfield assists and Bobby Higginson had 15 outfield assists.
UMPS CARE: Through the BLUE Crew Ticket program, guests will receive complimentary game tickets, a Tigers cap, food and beverage vouchers, baseball themed items and a photo to remember their experience at Comerica Park. Additionally all guests are given the opportunity to meet the umpires and take a photo on the field. Participants are selected through Boys and Girls Club of America and the Dave Thomas Foundation. The entire program is courtesy of UMPS CARE Charities.
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 national anthem will be performed by vocalist Kenny Nelson of Clarkston, Michigan.
- The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Steven Brodzinski, representing Troy Baseball and Tigers Fan Maddie Wu.
- Saturday Night Fireworks, presented by Pepsi, will follow the game (weather permitting).
TIGERS AT A GLANCE
Record: 59-62/ Streak: L1
Game #122 / Home #61
Home: 29-31 / Road 30-31
TIGERS VS. RANGERS
2015 Record: 1-1
2015 at Home: 1-1
2015 at Texas: 0-0
All-Time Record: 355-303
All-Time at Home: 188-144
All-Time at Comerica Park: 39-31
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 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.