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PostSubject: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:21 am

GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET





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Detroit Tigers VS Los Angeles Angels
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
Game Time - 1:08 p.m. EDT



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Pitching matchup



Tigers: RHP Max Scherzer (0-1, 2.70 ERA)

Scherzer has a 5-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and more strikeouts than innings pitched through three starts, but he has no wins to show for it. Detroit has scored one run with him on the mound in each of his three starts.



Angels: LHP C.J. Wilson (2-1, 3.92 ERA)

Wilson has been given plenty of run support and has cruised in his past two starts, giving up a combined three runs on 10 hits while walking four and striking out 16 in 15 innings to notch back-to-back victories against the Astros and Mets.



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PREVIEW


Tigers' Scherzer strategizing to neutralize Angels
Righty to rely on offspeed pitches to keep sluggers off balance

By Matt Slovin / MLB.com | 4/18/2014 11:40 PM ET

Against the Angels' righty-centric lineup Saturday, one can expect a healthy dose of sliders and changeups from Tigers starter Max Scherzer.

The right-hander said Wednesday that using a combination of offspeed pitches should allow him to be effective against an Angels order that features two sluggers from the right side of the plate in Albert Pujols and Mike Trout.

He'll shy away from his curveball, saying he'll use the pitch "sparingly" in the middle game of the three-game set. Scherzer is yet to record a win this season despite an ERA of just 2.70.

With the innings that the bullpen has been forced to eat lately, the Tigers find themselves in desperate need of a lengthy outing from Scherzer. In the past two games, including the Angels' series-opening win, Detroit relievers have been called upon to pitch 10 innings.

Meanwhile, Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said Friday that he feels his team is in a far better position than at this time last season and not just because of an 8-8 start. The Angels were 6-10 through 16 games last year.

"We've lost some tough games," Iannetta said. "We could be a little bit better right now. We're still in a good spot. As long as you stay around .500, a little above .500, and you get hot at the right time, all of a sudden you're 10, 12, 15 games above."

If the Angels are to cross over .500 for the first time this season on Saturday, it'll be behind lefty starter C.J. Wilson, who has struck out 16 over his last two outings. Wilson has benefited from generous run support provided by the Angels, who exploded for 11 more runs Friday.

Iannetta said this year's team has plenty of clubhouse chemistry, which can equate to on-field success "even if you don't have a whole bunch of talent." But Scherzer has known for a long time that the Angels have had at least one guy who can make him pay even on a solid pitch. Scherzer tried to emulate Pujols as a right-handed hitter himself in high school, before focusing on pitching.

What stands out the most to Scherzer when he watches Pujols at the plate?

"Just absolute plate coverage," Scherzer said. "Being able to do anything and everything with any every single pitch. Going the other way, pulling it, hitting everywhere for power. He can do everything. I've had to face him a few times, he's gotten me a few times, you just remember that and keep trying to get better, keep going at him."

Angels: Boesch back in Detroit after getting called up
Angels outfielder Brennan Boesch was a big part of the Tigers from 2010-12, playing in a combined 380 games while posting a .259/.315/.414 slash line. Then came the spring of 2013, when Boesch dealt with an oblique strain, couldn't win a starting outfield job and was released with less than three weeks left before Opening Day.

"I don't really reflect too much on it, other than Detroit was pushing for a championship, like everyone else, and I think injuries played a big role," Boesch said.

"The Tigers have always had a ton of talent, and if you can't stay on the field, there was guys that were plenty good enough to play, and it just kind of happened that way. No regrets. I wish I could've been more healthy coming into that year, potentially, but I'm just happy with where I'm at physically now."

Boesch, called up on Wednesday when Kole Calhoun's sprained right ankle landed him on the disabled list, was out of the starting lineup for the Angels' first game in Detroit, but went 0-for-1 as a late-game substitution. The left-handed-hitting right fielder, basically in a platoon with the right-handed-hitting Collin Cowgill, figures to start on Saturday and Sunday, with righties Scherzer and Rick Porcello on the mound.

Tigers: Ausmus recalls Pujols' 2005 NLCS home run
In Game 5 of the 2005 National League Championship Series, with Tigers manager Brad Ausmus' Astros on the cusp of their first World Series berth in franchise history, Pujols came to the plate in the top of the ninth with two men on for St. Louis.

Then-closer Brad Lidge, Ausmus' batterymate, had struck out the first two batters of the inning. After a single and a walk, Pujols came to the plate, and then-manager Phil Garner came out to the mound to discuss how to approach the at-bat.

"He said, 'We don't have to give him anything to hit,'" Ausmus recalled Friday. "'If we walk him, we walk him. We'll go after the next guy.'"

The first pitch went according to plan. Lidge got Pujols to swing and miss on a low slider. Ausmus called for another slider and set up in the same spot, but Lidge missed the location and hung it. Pujols crushed a towering shot to left.

"I went from having to yell over the umpire to being able to hear the people in the center-field restaurant talking," Ausmus said of the night the Cardinals to cut the series lead to 3-2, though Houston would take Game 6 to advance to the World Series.

Worth noting
The Angels have won 10 straight over the Tigers, the longest active streak by one team over another in baseball.

• Los Angeles leads the Majors with 27 home runs. The Angels hit 24 last April.

Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. His eight multi-hit games through the season's first 13 games tie for the fourth most in franchise history dating back to 1914.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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Tiger's MLB Game Notes



INJURY UPDATE:


Dirks, Andy (LF) (Recovering from March 2014 back surgery, on the 15-day disabled list, Due Back: Possibly June)

Iglesias, Jose (SS) (Stress fractures in both shins, 60-day disabled list, Due Back: Possibly late 2014)

Rondon, Bruce (P) (Tommy John surgery-Right elbow, 60-day disabled list, Due Back: 2015)

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BROADCAST SCHEDULE:


On the Internet

MLB.TV
Gameday Audio
•  SCOREBOARD
•  Official Press Pass game notes


On television

FOX SPORTS 1


Direct TV Extra Innings Schedule


On radio

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XM Channel Schedule


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Up next (Probable Pitchers)


Sunday, April 20:
TIGERS: (RHP Rick Porcello (1-1, 4.15 ERA)) VS
ANGELS: (LHP Hector Santiago (0-2, 4.96 ERA))
1:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D, WXYT 1270)


Monday, April 21:
TIGERS: (RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 3.21 ERA)) VS
WHITE SOX: (LHP John Danks (1-0, 3.32 ERA))
7:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)


Tuesday, April 22:
TIGERS: (RHP Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.08 ERA)) VS
WHITE SOX: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
7:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D+, MLBN , WXYT 1270)


Wednesday, April 23:
TIGERS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA)) VS
WHITE SOX: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
7:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)


Thursday, April 24:
TIGERS: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA)) VS
WHITE SOX: (?HP TBA (TBA ERA))
1:08p  p.m. ET (FS-D, FM 97.1)



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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:21 am

STARTING LINEUPS:

Los Angeles Angels Lineup

   LF: J.B. Shuck
   CF: Mike Trout
   DH: Albert Pujols
   1B: Raul Ibanez
   2B: Howard Kendrick
   3B: Ian Stewart
   SS: Erick Aybar
   C: Hank Conger
   RF: Brennan Boesch
   SP: C.J. Wilson


Detroit Tigers Lineup

   LF: Rajai Davis
   2B: Ian Kinsler
   1B: Miguel Cabrera
   DH: Victor Martinez
   RF: Torii Hunter
   CF: Austin Jackson
   3B: Nick Castellanos
   C: Bryan Holaday
   SS: Andrew Romine
   SP: Max Scherzer


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:33 pm

Top 1

  • 1. J. B. Shuck homers (2) on a fly ball to right field.
  • 2. Mike Trout strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Albert Pujols strikes out swinging.
  • 4. Raul Ibanez called out on strikes.


Bottom 1

  • 1. Rajai Davis singles on a ground ball to center fielder Mike Trout.
  • With Ian Kinsler batting, Rajai Davis caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Hank Conger to second baseman Howie Kendrick.
  • 2. Ian Kinsler called out on strikes.
  • 3. Miguel Cabrera walks.
  • 4. Victor Martinez singles on a line drive to center fielder Mike Trout. Miguel Cabrera to 3rd.
  • 5. Torii Hunter flies out to right fielder Brennan Boesch.


LAA 1-0 AFTER 1 INNING


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:09 pm

Top 2

  • 1. Howie Kendrick singles on a ground ball to center fielder Austin Jackson.
  • 2. Ian Stewart grounds into a double play, first baseman Miguel Cabrera to shortstop Andrew Romine. Howie Kendrick out at 2nd.
  • 3. Erick Aybar pops out to third baseman Nick Castellanos in foul territory. 


Bottom 2

  • 1. Austin Jackson singles on a ground ball to center fielder Mike Trout.
  • 2. Nick Castellanos homers (2) on a fly ball to left field. Austin Jackson scores.
  • 3. Bryan Holaday singles on a ground ball to second baseman Howie Kendrick.
  • 4. Andrew Romine strikes out swinging.
  • Injury Delay.
  • 5. Rajai Davis pops out to second baseman Howie Kendrick.
  • 6. Ian Kinsler pops out to third baseman Ian Stewart in foul territory.


DET 2-1 AFTER 2 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:26 pm

Top 3

  • 1. Hank Conger singles on a ground ball to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 2. Brennan Boesch flies out to center fielder Austin Jackson.
  • 3. J. B. Shuck lines out to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 4. Mike Trout called out on strikes.


Bottom 3

  • 1. Miguel Cabrera reaches on a fielding error by right fielder Brennan Boesch.
  • With Victor Martinez batting, wild pitch by C. J. Wilson, Miguel Cabrera to 2nd.
  • 2. Victor Martinez walks.
  • 3. Tigers challenged (tag play), call on the field was overturned: Torii Hunter flies out to center fielder Mike Trout. Miguel Cabrera to 3rd.
  • 4. Austin Jackson out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Brennan Boesch. Miguel Cabrera scores.
  • 5. Nick Castellanos grounds into a force out, shortstop Erick Aybar to second baseman Howie Kendrick. Victor Martinez out at 2nd.


DET 3-1 AFTER 3 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 3:55 pm

Top 4

  • 1. Albert Pujols walks.
  • 2. Raul Ibanez strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Howie Kendrick walks. Albert Pujols to 2nd.
  • 4. Ian Stewart grounds into a force out, third baseman Nick Castellanos to second baseman Ian Kinsler. Albert Pujols to 3rd. Howie Kendrick out at 2nd. Ian Stewart to 1st.
  • Angels challenged (tag play), call on the field was overturned: With Erick Aybar batting, Ian Stewart steals (1) 2nd base.
  • 5. Erick Aybar strikes out swinging.


Bottom 4

  • 1. Bryan Holaday grounds out, pitcher C. J. Wilson to first baseman Raul Ibanez.
  • 2. Andrew Romine called out on strikes.
  • 3. Rajai Davis walks.
  • 4. Ian Kinsler grounds out softly to pitcher C. J. Wilson.


DET 3-1 AFTER 4 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:12 pm

Top 5

  • 1. Hank Conger lines out to right fielder Torii Hunter.
  • 2. Brennan Boesch strikes out swinging.
  • 3. J. B. Shuck grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


Bottom 5

  • 1. Miguel Cabrera strikes out swinging.
  • 2. Victor Martinez homers (3) on a fly ball to left field.
  • 3. Torii Hunter flies out to center fielder Mike Trout.
  • 4. Austin Jackson singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Mike Trout.
  • 5. Nick Castellanos grounds into a force out, third baseman Ian Stewart to second baseman Howie Kendrick. Austin Jackson out at 2nd.


DET 4-1 AFTER 5 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:28 pm

Top 6

  • 1. Mike Trout strikes out swinging.
  • 2. Albert Pujols strikes out swinging.
  • 3. Raul Ibanez grounds out, shortstop Andrew Romine to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


Bottom 6

  • Pitching Change: Yoslan Herrera replaces C. J. Wilson.
  • 1. Bryan Holaday strikes out on a foul tip.
  • 2. Andrew Romine singles on a line drive to left fielder J. B. Shuck. Andrew Romine out at 2nd, left fielder J. Shuck to second baseman Howie Kendrick.
  • 3. Rajai Davis strikes out swinging.


DET 4-1 AFTER 6 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:46 pm

Top 7

  • 1. Howie Kendrick grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 2. Ian Stewart grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 3. Erick Aybar grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.


Bottom 7

  • 1. Ian Kinsler flies out to center fielder Mike Trout.
  • 2. Miguel Cabrera doubles (5) on a line drive to right fielder Brennan Boesch.
  • 3. Yoslan Herrera intentionally walks Victor Martinez.
  • 4. Torii Hunter pops out to shortstop Erick Aybar on the infield fly rule.
  • 5. Austin Jackson flies out to right fielder Brennan Boesch.


DET 4-1 AFTER 7 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:10 pm

Top 8

  • Pitching Change: Joba Chamberlain replaces Max Scherzer.
  • 1. Hank Conger called out on strikes.
  • 2. Brennan Boesch grounds out, first baseman Miguel Cabrera to pitcher Joba Chamberlain.
  • 3. J. B. Shuck strikes out swinging.


Bottom 8

  • Pitching Change: Josh Wall replaces Yoslan Herrera.
  • 1. Nick Castellanos pops out to second baseman Howie Kendrick.
  • 2. Bryan Holaday singles on a bunt ground ball to pitcher Josh Wall.
  • 3. Andrew Romine walks. Bryan Holaday to 2nd.
  • Coaching visit to mound.
  • 4. Rajai Davis walks. Bryan Holaday to 3rd. Andrew Romine to 2nd.
  • 5. Ian Kinsler out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Mike Trout. Bryan Holaday scores.
  • 6. Miguel Cabrera flies out to center fielder Mike Trout.


DET 5-1 AFTER 8 INNINGS


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:31 pm

Top 9

  • Pitching Change: Joe Nathan replaces Joba Chamberlain.
  • 1. Mike Trout called out on strikes.
  • 2. Albert Pujols homers (6) on a fly ball to left field.
  • 3. Raul Ibanez grounds out, second baseman Ian Kinsler to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
  • 4. Howie Kendrick strikes out swinging.


TIGERS WIN 5-2

BOX SCORE


W: Scherzer (1-1)
L: Wilson (2-2)


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PostSubject: Re: GDT14: 4/19/14 - DET (7-6) VS LAA (8-8) - 1:08 p.m. ET   Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:33 pm

WP: Wilson, C.
IBB: Martinez, V (by Herrera, Y).
Pitches-strikes: Wilson, C 111-63, Herrera, Y 30-20, Wall 24-14, Scherzer 111-70, Chamberlain 8-8, Nathan 23-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Wilson, C 4-5, Herrera, Y 0-2, Wall 0-2, Scherzer 7-1, Chamberlain 1-0, Nathan 1-0.
Batters faced: Wilson, C 25, Herrera, Y 8, Wall 6, Scherzer 25, Chamberlain 3, Nathan 4.
Umpires: HP: Phil Cuzzi. 1B: Brian Knight. 2B: Quinn Wolcott. 3B: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 50 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 9 mph, L to R.
T: 3:13.
Att: 36,659.
Venue: Comerica Park.
April 19, 2014


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