The Indians and Tigers are fighting to remain in contention in the AL Central. Cleveland trails Minnesota by 5 1/2 games and Detroit is eight games back.
Sabathia is 6-5 with a 3.42 ERA and has struggled after a strong first half. The 6-foot-7 southpaw is just 1-2 with a 6.43 ERA over his last four starts. He’s coming off a 3-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox in his last start on Thursday.
Sabathia hopes to bounce back against the Tigers. The Indians ace is 7-2 with a 3.73 ERA in 12 starts against Detroit.
The Tigers got the best of Cleveland’s pitching staff on Monday.
Thames hit a two-run homer in Detroit’s six-run first inning against Cliff Lee, and Guillen hit a three-run shot when the Tigers added six more in the fifth.
Catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who entered the night as the AL’s leading hitter, went 0-for-4 and was the only Tigers starter without a hit.
Guillen had four RBIs for the Tigers, barely hanging on in the AL Central race.
With the trade deadline only days away, Tigers manager Alan Trammell doesn’t know if his club will make a deal.
“As much as I want to say we should hold this together, I understand the way it works and where we want to go,” he said. “There’s nothing going on at this point. I would be surprised if something happened, but I know these things usually happen at the last minute.”
The Tigers are 7-4 against the Indians this season.