Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera are two big reasons the Detroit
Tigers have dominated the Cleveland Indians this season.
The veteran pair again looks to lead the visiting Tigers as they
try for an eighth consecutive victory over the struggling Indians
Hunter came within a single of the cycle and had three RBIs
while Cabrera hit a two-run homer to help Detroit (48-38) to a 9-4
The Indians (45-42) held a one-half game AL Central lead over
Detroit on Tuesday, but since have dropped four in a row to fall 3
1/2 games back of the Tigers, who have outscored them 16-4 in the
first two of this four-game set.
A winner in eight of 10 against the Indians this season, Detroit
has outscored Cleveland 49-22 during its seven-game winning streak
in the series. The Tigers also have won seven of nine at
“We’ll show up (Sunday),” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
‘We certainly need to do better against them. They’re the team that
is directly ahead of us and they’ve kind of had their way with us,
but I don’t think we’ll show up (Sunday) and not feel we’re going
to win. But we need to play better.”
Detroit has won five straight since losing six of seven.
Hunter, who hit a two-run homer Saturday, is batting .366 with
six RBIs against the Indians this year.
Cabrera has homered four times with 12 RBIs in 10 games versus
Cleveland in 2013. He’s hit .355 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in
his last seven at Progressive Field.
“He’s been the best hitter on the planet for a long time,”
Both named All-Stars on Saturday, Hunter and Cabrera are batting
a combined .444 (8 for 18) against Cleveland’s Corey Kluber (6-5,
The right-hander has posted an 8.44 ERA while losing three
straight starts to the Tigers, including two this season in which
he yielded 11 runs over 11 innings. However, he pitched well in a
home start against Detroit on May 21, giving up three runs on two
homers in 6 1-3 innings of a 5-1 loss.
Kluber went 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA in three starts June 11-22, but
is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in the last two. He gave up a grand slam and
three other hits over 5 1-3 innings of a 6-5 win at Kansas City on
The Tigers’ Doug Fister (6-5, 3.80) has also struggled of late,
going 0-1 with a 7.16 ERA in his last three starts. For the second
time during that stretch, the right-hander allowed six runs, this
time in the first two innings of a six-inning effort in a 7-6 win
at Toronto on Tuesday.
Fister, 2-1 with a 2.12 ERA in four starts against the Indians
in 2012, has yielded two runs and eight hits over 16 innings to win
his last two in the series.
Recently named Cleveland All-Star Jason Kipnis is 6 for 17
(.353) with two doubles against Fister. The second baseman had both
his 16-game hitting streak and run of reaching base in 36 straight
contests end Saturday.
Teammate Mark Reynolds is 0 for 20 with 11 strikeouts in six
games, but is 3 for 10 with a homer against Fister.