The Indians hope to continue feasting on baseball’s worst team when they resume their three-game series with the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Cleveland took the opener 7-4 on Tuesday, beating the Tigers for the sixth time in eight games this season. The Indians are only 21-39 against the rest of the league.
“We try not to think about things like that,” Tuesday winning pitcher C.C. Sabathia said. “We just try to worry about our own team.”
The Indians had a five-run fourth-inning, belting three homers in an inning for the first time since May 30, 2002 against the same Tigers.
The Tigers, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games, have been outscored 46-26 in the eight meetings with the Indians this season.
“That’s a team we should match up well against,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “And they are 6-2 against us. That’s disappointing.”
Munson is 4-for-8 over his last three games with two homers and five RBIs.
STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 11 GB, AL Central. Tigers - 5th place, 20 1/2 GB, AL Central.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Jason Davis (5-5, 5.28 ERA). Davis had his personal three-game win streak snapped in Thursday’s 9-4 home loss to San Diego. The 23-year-old right-hander went 5 1-3 innings, giving up five earned runs and seven hits, including two homers. Davis made his only career start against the Tigers on May 19, but didn’t get the decision in Cleveland’s 10-9 home win. He gave up two earned runs and seven hits over six innings.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Jeremy Bonderman (2-9, 5.35 ERA). Bonderman has allowed more than three earned runs only twice over his last seven starts, but is 0-5 over that span. In a 3-2 home loss to Los Angeles on Thursday, the 20-year-old right-hander gave up three earned runs, no walks and 10 hits over seven innings. He is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Indians this season.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Indians - Milton Bradley, .330 avg.; Lawton, 8 HRs and 32 RBIs; Omar Vizquel, 40 runs and 8 SBs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .285 avg., 13 HRs and 41 RBIs; Bobby Higginson, 33 runs; Alex Sanchez, 12 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Indians, 6-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - CF Bradley is batting .357 (5-for-14) over his last four games with a homer and five RBIs. … OF Lawton was 1-for-20 in his previous seven games before a season-high three hits Tuesday. … 3B Blake’s homer Tuesday ended an 0-for-12 slump. Tigers - MGR Trammell said Tuesday that rookie Matt Roney will replace Gary Knotts in the starting rotation, starting Saturday in Colorado. … LF Monroe has a homer and five RBIs in his last five games. … 1B Kevin Witt, the only current Detroit player with a homer off RHP Davis, is 6-for-12 in his last three games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 11-23 on the road; Tigers - 6-27 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - SS Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Karim Garcia (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (triceps), 15-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (neck), 60-day DL. Tigers - OF Gene Kingsale (groin), 15-day DL; 1B Carlos Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; INF Dean Palmer (shoulder, neck), 60-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL.