Rays visit Detroit, aim to build on Morton’s strong showing
Detroit; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Charlie Morton. Morton went seven innings, surrendering zero runs on five hits with eight strikeouts against Detroit.
The Tigers are 10-18 in home games. Detroit’s team on-base percentage of .287 is last in the American League. Miguel Cabrera leads the team with an OBP of .351.
The Rays are 19-9 on the road. The Tampa Bay offense has compiled a .259 batting average as a team this season, good for sixth in the MLB. Austin Meadows leads the team with an average of .354. The Rays won the last meeting 4-0. Charlie Morton earned his seventh victory and Avisail Garcia went 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI for Tampa Bay. Spencer Turnbull took his fifth loss for Detroit.
Meadows leads the Rays with 37 RBIs and is batting .354. Willy Adames is 12-for-41 with a double, a home run and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES: Tigers: 4-6, .246 batting average, 3.34 ERA, outscored by two runs
Rays: 6-4, .276 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
Tigers Injuries: Jordan Zimmermann: 10-day IL (elbow), Tyson Ross: 10-day IL (nerve), Matt Moore: 60-day IL (knee), Michael Fulmer: 60-day IL (elbow), Jordy Mercer: 10-day IL (quad), Josh Harrison: 10-day IL (hamstring), Jeimer Candelario: 10-day IL (shoulder).
Rays Injuries: Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Jose De Leon: 60-day IL (elbow), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Tommy Pham: day-to-day (leg), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (wrist), Matt Duffy: 60-day IL (back), Michael Perez: 10-day IL (oblique), Anthony Bemboom: 10-day IL (knee).