On Sunday, the Indians finished a miserable road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, extending their longest skid since they lost eight in a row from April 22-30.
Cleveland went 0-6 on the trip, dropping four straight to the New York Yankees and two to the White Sox. The Indians have not won since July 12—two days before the All-Star break.
“We obviously had a tough road trip,” Indians manager Eric Wedge said. “We just need to keep working harder. Guys are showing up to play every day, and that’s big.
“Hopefully, we can take some positives away from this trip and build on it.”
Cleveland, which has been in a rebuilding phase since trading away higher-priced veterans for prospects midway through last season, has started as many as seven rookies this season. The Indians opened the season 7-20 but went into the All-Star break on an encouraging 34-33 run.
“We have to go through these ups and downs to become a better ball club and to become a stronger ball club,” Wedge said.
The Tigers come in off Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox—their fifth straight defeat.
Dmitri Young hit his second homer in two days for Detroit, which owns the worst record in the majors.
STANDINGS: Tigers - 5th place, 28 GB, AL Central. Indians - 4th place, 14 GB, AL Central.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Roney (1-4, 3.76 ERA). Roney gave up five earned runs and a season-high nine hits over five innings in a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. He is 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in three career relief appearances against Cleveland.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: Brian Anderson (7-7, 4.35 ERA). Anderson gave up six runs—five earned—and six hits over five innings in a 10-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Friday. He is 3-0 with a 3.56 ERA in five career appearances, including four starts, against the Tigers.
SEASON SERIES: Indians, 8-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Tigers - Manager Alan Trammell is hopeful that LF Bobby Higginson can return to the lineup this weekend. Higginson, who had an encouraging workout in the field and weight room Monday, has been on the disabled list since June 29 with a pulled left hamstring. … C A.J. Hinch, who is recovering from a strained left groin, will not be back in the starting lineup until at least Friday. He is still available as a late-inning defensive replacement and pinch-hitter. … On Tuesday, the Tigers extended their streak of 36 games with at least one extra-base hit. Indians - Cleveland’s 41-59 record is its worst after 100 games in 12 years. … During its six-game road trip, Cleveland relievers gave up 13 earned runs in 14 2-3 innings (7.98 ERA). The bullpen did pitch 2 2-3 scoreless innings Tuesday. … OF Craig Monroe is in the midst of an 0-for-15 slump.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Tigers - 14-37 on the road; Indians - 22-25 at home.
INJURIES: Tigers - OF Higginson (hamstring), 15-day DL; 3B Dean Palmer (shoulder and neck), 60-day DL. Indians - INF Ricky Gutierrez (spine), 15-day DL; IF Omar Vizquel (knee), 15-day DL; OF Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-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.