The rivalry between the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers is an interesting animal. It seems when the Indians are in a must-win situation; the Tigers are always the ones to shut them down. When it is just another game for Cleveland, they manage to pull out a win. The team is always full of surprises.
After pulling out a 3-2 win over the Tigers in the opening game of their three-game series on Monday, the Indians will send Justin Masterson to the mound on Tuesday to see if he can help orchestrate another upset. If nothing else, the team is playing for pride and/or trade value come the offseason.
Unfortunately for Tribe fans, Masterson has gone 1-3 with a 9.28 ERA in his last four road games and has gone 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in three career starts at Comerica Park. Hopefully momentum from Monday's win can carry over.
The Cleveland Indians will take on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park located in Detroit, Mich. on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. EDT.
Justin Masterson (10-12, 4.91 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians facing off against the Tigers' Rick Porcello (9-10, 4.57 ERA).
Cleveland enters the game with a 57-78 record and in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 25-41 when playing on the road and have won three of their last 10 games.
Detroit comes into the matchup with a 72-62 record and in second place in the American League Central. They are 42-27 when playing at home and have won five of their last 10 games.
The season series is currently stands at 8-5 in favor of the Indians.
Where to watch or listen:
In Cleveland: Television- STO, Radio- WTAM, Indians Radio Network.
Nationwide: Television and Radio via MLB.TV (Television blackouts apply in Cleveland market).
The batting statistic leaders:
Cleveland: Michael Brantley- .284 batting average, Shin-Soo Choo- 15 home runs, Jason Kipnis- 65 runs batted in.
Detroit: Miguel Cabrera- .331 batting average, Miguel Cabrera- 33 home runs, Miguel Cabrera- 111 runs batted in.
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