Some recent success against NL opponents has the Detroit Tigers
Interleague play has only added to the Colorado Rockies’
The Tigers look for a third consecutive victory while trying to
extend the Rockies’ season-high skid to nine games Friday night at
Detroit (30-33) is perhaps the majors’ biggest underachiever
this season, but it improved to 6-3 against the NL after taking
four of six at Cincinnati and Chicago over the last week.
“We’ve got to start winning two out of three,” said manager Jim
Leyland, whose team is third in the AL Central. “That’s how you
crawl back into the thing.”
Austin Jackson had three hits with three RBIs and Justin
Verlander struck out eight over eight innings in Thursday’s 5-3 win
over the lowly Cubs. Two of Jackson’s six hits in 22 at-bats since
coming off the disabled list from an abdominal strain have left the
Though Detroit is 8-13 against the Rockies and lost two of three
at Coors Field last season, Colorado (24-38) has dropped its last
10 interleague contests. The Rockies fell to 0-9 against the AL
this season with an 8-2 loss to Oakland on Thursday.
The Rockies last dropped nine straight Sept. 15-23.
“We’ve got to do something different,” said Alex White,
Thursday’s losing starter. “It’s tough to watch, tough to be a part
of, and we’re all sick of it.”
Detroit rookie Casey Crosby (1-1, 9.35 ERA) looks to help extend
Colorado’s misery when he makes his third career start in the
opener. After he gave up six runs in 3 1-3 innings of a 9-4 loss to
the Yankees in his major league debut June 1, the left-hander
yielded three in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-5 win over Cleveland on June
“This was a lot better,” Crosby said. “It was definitely a
He will face a Colorado lineup without Troy Tulowitzki.
The shortstop is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but he
reaggravated a groin injury during a rehab assignment Wednesday.
Batting .287 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs in 47 games,
Tulowitzki underwent an MRI and manager Jim Tracy is unsure if his
star will travel to Detroit.
“We have a good idea of what we’re dealing with, we just have to
figure out how to deal with it,” Tracy told the Rockies’ official
website. “I didn’t sense anything real serious. So we’re trying to
find out what caused that little something.”
Though the Rockies were held to six hits and didn’t score until
the ninth inning Thursday, the club’s major concern continues to
revolve around a starting pitching staff that has a 12.30 ERA
during the eight-game skid.
Jeff Francis (0-1, 21.60) hopes to end the rotation’s awful
stretch Friday with a better performance in his second start since
Colorado signed him last weekend. The left-hander allowed eight
runs and 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings of an 11-5 loss to the Los
Angeles Angels on Saturday.
Francis, who pitched for Kansas City in 2011, is 0-2 with a 3.08
ERA in four starts versus Detroit.
Miguel Cabrera is batting .406 with eight homers in 36 career
games versus Colorado, but he’s just 3 for 16 with three walks