Texas Rangers (23-24) at Detroit Tigers (27-16), 7:08 p.m. (ET)

 

The Sports Network

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers try to put the brakes on a four-game losing streak on Friday when they continue a four-game series against the Prince Fielder-less Texas Rangers at Comerica Park.

Detroit's recent woes continued on Thursday, as Shin-Soo Choo clubbed a two- run homer and Yu Darvish continued his dominance of the Tigers to lead Texas to a 9-2 win.

Adrian Beltre and Michael Choice each drove in two runs in support of Darvish (4-2), who held the Tigers to two runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts over seven strong frames. In five career starts against Detroit, Darvish is a perfect a 5-0.

"For seven innings he did a good job and held them to two runs," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Darvish stifling Detroit's potent offense. "That's a pretty good feat right there."

Chris Gimenez supplied four of Texas' 14 hits and also drove in a run, while Alex Rios registered an RBI and scored twice for the Rangers, who have won three of their last four games.

The victory was somewhat spoiled, though, by the news that Fielder would be undergoing season-ending neck surgery to repair a herniated disk.

"It's a situation where there wasn't anything he could do about it," Washington said. "If he could, he would be here."

Detroit starter Robbie Ray (1-1) surrendered seven runs on nine hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.

"I didn't really have command of my fastball and when you don't have that, you're other pitches aren't going to work," Ray admitted. "It was just a rough day all around."

Miguel Cabrera collected two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Tigers, whose slide comes on the heels of a six-game win streak.

The Tigers will now turn to righty Anibal Sanchez, who is coming off his first win of the season in his first start back from the disabled list. Sanchez beat the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, as he held them to two runs (1 earned) and five hits over five innings to improve to 1-2, while lowering his ERA to 2.89.

"He was actually pretty crisp. Fastball, changeup, slider all looked pretty good," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Command around the zone was pretty good. We wanted to stop him around 85ish pitches. He got us through five. A pretty good first start back off the DL."

Sanchez, though, has lost all three of his starts to the Rangers and has looked bad in doing so, pitching to a 9.49 ERA.

Texas, meanwhile, will counter with righty Scott Baker, who will be trying to fill Robbie Ross' rotation spot. Baker has pitched once for the Rangers this season and gave up a pair of runs to the Colorado Rockies in a 5 1/3-inning relief effort.

"He's got experience," Washington said. "He's been out there trying to get 27 outs before. We'll give him a shot. Where we are is giving guys opportunities so he'll get an opportunity."

Baker is no stranger to the Tigers having faced them 23 times. He is 7-5 in those outings with a 4.71 ERA.

Texas won four of its seven meetings with the Tigers last season.

Read more Baseball Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • Royals snap skid with 7-1 victory over White Sox

    Dayton Moore tapped his hand against the back of a bench. Seated next to him, Ned Yost kicked his foot up against a nearby railing. Together they sat inside the visitors' dugout at U.S. Cellular Field and watched the latest edition of the Royals take batting practice.

  • Mets down M's, 3-1

    SEATTLE-Erasmo Ramirez finished folding his clothes into his bags. A trip to Tacoma awaited him, but not for the reasons that have previously earned him a demotion to the minor leagues.

  • Lucroy's homer gives Brewers walk-off win vs. Reds

    They hit four solo home runs, two of which came from Jonathan Lucroy, to power a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category