View Full Version : Tigers(55-53) vs Rays(63-44) 8/1-8/3

07-31-2008, 07:06 PM



Tigers: Miner's transition from the bullpen to the rotation took another positive step in his last start. After shutting out the Royals over six inning his first time out on Monday, Miner held the AL Central-leading White Sox to two runs on five hits in six innings Sunday. He did not walk a batter, tossing 61 of his 92 pitches for strikes. He also didn't overthrow, as he has shown a tendency to do in relief appearances, and his sinking fastball registered in the 89-91 mph range. In his two starts this season, he has allowed eight hits and one walk in 12 innings.

Rays: Kazmir was sharp on Saturday against the Royals, just not as sharp as he had been recently. He lasted just five innings, giving up two runs and picking up the no-decision. An hour long rain delay struck in the middle of his outing, possibly causing some problems. Kazmir's previous outing was one of his best. He threw seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts. Recently, Kazmir said the key to his recent success was relaxing more on the mound and not over-analyzing every decision.


Tigers: Rogers is 9-4 with a 3.10 ERA in his career against the Rays, but just 1-4 with a 5.04 ERA at Tropicana Field, where he hasn't won since 2001 and hasn't pitched at all since 2006. He returns to find an obviously much-improved Rays team that probably won't make his task any easier. The Gambler has alternated quality and non-quality starts over his past six outings, most recently a Monday loss at Cleveland that sank on an unlikely Asbdrubal Cabrera two-run homer on what ended up being a cut changeup, a pitch Rogers had neither invented nor intended.

Rays: Sonnanstine expressed disappointment at the offense's lack of fire power and with good reason. In his last start, a loss to Kansas City, he got one run of support. Before that, he also got one. Against the Royals, he did well for the first six innings, allowing three runs. Then in the seventh, he allowed two runners on base before exiting the game. Reliever Al Reyes came in and gave up a three-run homer. Sonnanstine finished with 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs.


Tigers: Just when you think the American League has finally figured out Detroit's rotation savior, the rookie right-hander shows he can win without his best stuff. He allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday at Cleveland but limited the damage enough to avoid cleanup work for the bullpen and take advantage of a Detroit offensive onslaught for a victory. He has won his past two starts to take the lead in wins among Tigers pitchers, and he'll try to get into double digits against a Rays team that has never seen him.

Rays: Shields took his seventh loss of the season Monday night against Toronto despite the fact he made his 15th quality start of the season by allowing three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings while walking none. The 26-year-old right-hander's best pitch has always been his changeup, but he also has a plus-fastball and curve, and he's added a cutter that has helped him throw inside to left-handers. He is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against the Tigers.

Rays.MLB.com (http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/news/probable_pitchers.jsp?c_id=tb)

08-01-2008, 09:00 PM
Wow, Kaz wasn't pitching great, but he wasn't awful. Yeah, he walked six, but why'd they take him out?