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The decisive run of the day did come with plenty of controversy, as a squeeze bunt from Alberto Gonzalez appeared to have allowed all runners to advance safely and the game-winning run to score. On replay, however, it was shown that the ball hit Gonzalez's knee before bouncing into the field of play, which should have created a foul ball situation.
Detroit outfielder Brennan Boesch knocked his second home run of the season out of the yard in the sixth inning off starter Colby Lewis, but also struck out three times on the day. The Tigers had a close call in their final at-bat with Prince Fielder at the plate and Miguel Cabrera on first base, but a moon shot from Fielder's bat feel a mere feet short of the fence to put the game on ice.
The 10-6 Tigers will be desperate to get back into the winning spirit on Tuesday with Seattle coming to town and starter Max Scherzer expected to get the ball.
The Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers complete their current four-game series on Sunday afternoon, after a long day at Comerica Park on Saturday resulted in each team winning a game in the day-night doubleheader.
Detroit will try to build on the nightcap that saw Justin Verlander slow down the hot Rangers and earn a 3-2 win for the Tigers after Texas took the first two games of the series. The Tigers will turn to young lefty Drew Smyly who will be put to the test in his third major league start against the heavy-hitting Rangers. Smyly has shown promise in his first two starts, both no decisions.
Texas will turn to veteran right-hander Colby Lewis on the mound to face the Tigers. Lewis has been pulling his weight in the Rangers' rotation with a 2-0 record and 1.83 ERA in three starts, also compiling 22 strikeouts to just one walk.
The game is scheduled to start at 1:05 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.
It might not have been the most pristine performance of his career, but Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander struck out eight batters to earn his second win of the season in Saturday night's 3-2 victory over Texas in game two of the doubleheader.
Verlander labored through six innings, needing an uncharacteristic 115 pitches, before leaving with a 3-1 lead to start the seventh. Despite three walks on the game, Verlander allowed just four hits, and the only run he let cross the plate went in the scorebook as unearned. The 2011 AL MVP proceeded to watch as closer Jose Valverde made things quite interesting in the bottom of the ninth, before eventually preserving the one-run lead against Texas slugger Josh Hamilton.
Detroit's offense could only manage to add runs in the fourth inning against Texas pitching, as a pair of two-out hits from Delmon Young and Ramon Santiago proved to be the difference. Prince Fielder, who finished 1-for-3, was the only other Detroit batter to record a hit on the day.
Behind 1-0 to the Rangers heading into the fourth inning, the Tigers received a timely RBI single from Delmon Young to even the game at one apiece. A clutch two-out hit from the bat of Ramon Santiago broke the game open further, plating a pair of runs to give Detroit a 3-1 advantage.
In all, the Tigers forced Feliz to throw 42 pitches in the fourth inning alone, increasing the likelihood that the flame-throwing former reliever won't be able to go deep into the game. Detroit ace Justin Verlander has been his usually dominant self to oppose Feliz, and struck out four batters through his first four innings.
Despite the 3-1 lead, the Tigers have yet to score more than four runs in any of Verlander's starts this season, so it appears he will have to continue to be sharp against a potent Texas lineup to earn his second win of the year.
Justin Verlander will take his scheduled start for Saturday's second doubleheader of the day. The Detroit Tigers lost badly earlier in the day, falling 10-4 at Comerica Park. Rick Porcello was pulled after giving up nine runs in just one-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner will hopefully fare a little better, though the Rangers' bats have been absolutely on fire lately.
Counting Saturday afternoon's win, the Rangers have now won eight games in a row. They have outscored opponents 63-22 over that span, and own the best record in the majors at 12-2 overall. Texas scored 10 runs in each of their last two games against Detroit, combining for 36 hits.
Neftali Feliz will take the mound for Texas. The 23-year-old righthander has allowed nine hits in 12 inning played over two starts this season. He enters Saturday evening's game with a 2.25 ERA. Verlander is 1-1 this season with a 2.13 ERA in 25 innings pitched over three games.
Here are the lineups for tonight's game:
Neftali Feliz SP
Justin Verlander SP
The Texas Rangers took the first leg of Saturday's double-header against the Detroit Tigers, winning 10-4 on the strength of an eight-run first inning. Rick Porcello was pulled from the mound after just one-plus innings after giving up his ninth run (eighth earned) on a Nelson Cruz single to center field.
Duane Below took over pitching duties and cooled off the Rangers' bats. He lasted six scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out four hitters. The Tigers couldn't quite get the needed firepower to crawl out of a 9-0 deficit, however. Miguel Cabrera had a nice day, going 3-for-4 from the plate including a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Fellow slugger Prince Fielder went 0-for-4, however, in just his third hitless game as a Tiger.
Josh Hamilton hit a three-run shot to open up the scoring for the Rangers, and Mike Napoli took Daniel Schlereth deep in the ninth for his fifth homer in five games. Austin Jackson homered in the fourth to put Detroit on the board.
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|WP: Yu Darvish (2 - 0)
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The Texas Rangers picked up where they left off on Thursday night when they banged out 19 hits, touching up Tigers starter Rick Porcello for EIGHT runs in the top half of the first inning (seven earned) and another in the top of the second on Saturday afternoon. Porcello only recorded three outs in facing 15 batters before getting the hook.
Apparently, Porcello was celebrating an anniversary:
Porcello entered the game with a 1.84 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. Those numbers are now 6.32 and 1.53, respectively.
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre exited Saturday's game in the top of the second inning with what appeared to be a left hamstring injury. Beltre pulled up lame as he was coasting into second base with a lead off double and, after a quick chat on the field with the Rangers trainer, was replaced by pinch runner Alberto Gonzalez.
Beltre had injury problems last season with the Rangers, playing in only 124 games, the second lowest total in his career not including his rookie season. Beltre left the game 2-for-2, improving his average on the young season to .304 (.826 OPS).
The Texas Rangers were already up 8-0 on Tigers' starter Rick Porcello when Beltre was pulled and Beltre's pinch runner would later score to make it 9-0. That's where the game stands now in the bottom of the second.
After a rain out on Friday night, the Detroit Tigers (9-4) will play two on Saturday when they face the Texas Rangers (11-2) in a day-night doubleheader.
The top two teams in the American League will rely on strong pitching while looking for a sweep on what promises to be tough day for hitters throughout the chilly day at Comerica Park. The first game begins at 1:05 p.m. ET featuring a pitching matchup between two guys who have added depth to their respective pitching rotations.
Texas will start left-hander Matt Harrison who is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, while Detroit counters with right-hander Rick Porcello who has thrown seven innings in both of his starts and is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA and 0.89 WHIP.
Both games will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers (9-4) game Friday against the Texas Rangers (11-2) at Comerica Park has been rained out. The game will postponed until Saturday, when the teams will play a doubleheader. Via FOX Sports Detroit:
Due to inclement weather tonight's #Tigers game is postponed. A day-night doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow -- 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) April 20, 2012
Detroit has a four-game set with Texas, with the final game scheduled for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Comerica Park. The Tigers have Monday off before hosting the Seattle Mariners for three games.
The Rangers lead the West Division with the best record in the MLB, while the Tigers have a two-game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the Central Division standings.
The Detroit Tigers (9-4) and Texas Rangers (11-2) will meet for the second game of a three-game set at Comerica park on Friday night. After winning four straight, the Central Division leading Tigers met a dead end in the form of a 10-3 beatdown at the hands of the Rangers.
Texas currently has the most wins of any other team in the league as well as having the least amount of losses (they have a 4.5 game lead in the West). The team is currently in the midst of a seven-game winning streak where they have outscored their opponents 53-18. They have yet to allow more than three runs in any game over that span.
Rick Porcello is the probable starter for the Tigers. He is currently 1-0 in two starts this season with a 1.84 ERA and eight strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched. Porcello is expected to face Matt Harrison who has won both of his starts this season and possess a 0.64 ERA with seven strikeouts in 14 innings pitched.
The Texas Rangers pounded out 19 hits and scored 10 runs on Thursday night to take the opener of a three-game series, 10-3. It could have been worse, too, as the Rangers left 15 runners on base.
Tigers starter Adam Wilk played with fire in the early going, giving up 10 hits in the first four innings, but escaping with only allowing two runs. Wilk's night came to an end when he walked Josh Hamilton to start the fifth and his luck didn't carry over to reliever Collin Balester. The Tigers committed two errors behind Balester and the Rangers tacked on two in the fifth. The Rangers added another in the sixth and then five in the hit-filled eighth off Daniel Schlereth.
The three-game set continues Friday night, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.
The Detroit Tigers allowed just six runs in their three-game sweep of the Royals. But the Texas Rangers, who lead the league in homers, should pose a stiff test to the Tigers' rotation.