After finally showing signs of life at the plate, the Detroit
Tigers are right back in the AL championship series.
The Tigers hope for another big offensive effort Wednesday as
they try to even the series against the Texas Rangers in Game 4 at
After totaling five runs and 15 hits while dropping the first
two games in Texas, Detroit banged out a postseason-high 11 hits
during a 5-2 win Tuesday. Miguel Cabrera hit one of the Tigers’
three homers and delivered a tiebreaking double to help make the
series a little more interesting with at least two more games
remaining at Comerica.
“It’s going to be a long series,” Cabrera said. “You’ve got to
be patient. We got to go out there and do our job and try to even
the series (Wednesday).”
Doug Fister threw 7 1-3 strong innings while Victor Martinez and
Jhonny Peralta also homered for the Tigers, who had one home run
through the previous two games.
Martinez’s fourth-inning homer tied Game 3, but he appeared to
suffer an oblique injury on the swing. Though he remained in the
game, Martinez’s status is uncertain. The Tigers already lost
Magglio Ordonez for the rest of the postseason with an ankle injury
and scratched Delmon Young from Tuesday’s lineup because of a
nagging oblique problem.
“You know what? This is us,” manager Jim Leyland said. “We are
what we are. We’ve been doing this for the whole year, and we’re
going to either win this thing or go down with what we got.”
Thankfully for the Tigers, Cabrera is healthy.
The veteran first baseman was 5 for 23 with a homer and three
RBIs this postseason prior to going 2 for 4 on Tuesday. He’s 6 for
15 with a double against scheduled Texas starter Matt Harrison
(1-0, 4.76 ERA), who looks to find a way to beat Detroit for the
first time in his career.
The left-hander is 0-4 with a 7.43 ERA in five career starts
versus the Tigers, including 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in two this
season. He is 0-3 with a 7.03 ERA at Comerica.
“They’re a tough lineup,” Harrison said. “The big thing is you
have to keep them uncomfortable at the plate.”
Harrison allowed two runs and struck out nine in five innings of
the Rangers’ 4-3, AL division series-clinching win at Tampa Bay on
Oct. 4. He also yielded one run in two-thirds of an inning of
relief in Texas’ 9-0 Game 1 loss to the Rays on Sept. 30.
“It’s been a great experience so far, and I’m looking forward to
more (Wednesday),” said Harrison, who was left off the Rangers’
postseason roster in 2010.
The Tigers counter with Rick Porcello (0-1, 4.50), who they hope
gained some confidence after he pitched two innings of scoreless
relief in the 3-2 Game 1 loss at Texas. That effort came after
Porcello allowed four runs and hit two batters over six innings of
a 10-1 home loss in Game 4 against New York on Oct. 4.
“I feel good. My arm feels fresh,” Porcello said. “I feel like
the ball is coming out of my hand better. I’ll be ready to go
(Wednesday), and physically everything will be there.”
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.30 ERA as a starter against the
Rangers, with both outings coming on the road.
Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre, just 1 for 6 versus Porcello,
went 0 for 4 on Tuesday and could be limited for Game 4 after he
was noticeably hobbled from taking a foul ball off his knee. An
X-ray showed it was a bruise.
Ian Kinsler and Josh Hamilton each had two hits and an RBI while
catcher Yorvit Torrealba added three hits as the Rangers had their
five-game postseason winning streak snapped.
Hamilton is 4 for 9 with two RBIs in the last two games but 0
for 3 versus Porcello.