MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas0 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 571
Detroit3 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 x 770
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  W: K. Funkhouser (4-0)   L: M. Foltynewicz (2-10)   S: G. Soto (11)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, July 22, 2021
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 16,033

Tyler Alexander, Tigers try to complete sweep of Rangers

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Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers

  1. The Tigers took two of three against the Rangers this season in a series at Globe Life Field earlier this month. However, Texas outhit Detroit 28-23 and out homered them 7-5 in those three games.
  2. The Rangers have lost five straight and 10 of their last 14. This is the fourth time this season with a losing streak of five or more. They were shutout in each of the last two games (at Toronto). It is the third time this season being shutout in back-to-back games.
  3. The Tigers swept the three-game series against the Twins coming out of the all-star break outscoring Minnesota 15-4. Detroit started the season 10-15 at home in 2021, but have won 14 of their last 21 games at Comerica Park.
  4. Adolis Garcia is 0-for-12 in his last four games. He is hitting .364 (4/11) this season against Detroit with a home run and is hitting .344 overall in 16 games against teams from the AL Central.
  5. Jonathan Schoop has two or more hits in 15 of his last 28 games. He has 31 multi-hit games this season which is tied for the fourth most in the majors. Detroit has a 19-12 record in those 31 games.
  6. Kyle Gibson has an ERA of 2.29 this season compared to 5.35 last season. The 3.06 ERA improvement is the largest in the majors (Cleveland's Aaron Civale's improvement of 1.42 is second). Casey Mize allowed two runs in four innings on July 7 against the Rangers (his last start).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/19/2021 thru 7/22/2021

The Detroit Tigers have a handful of starting pitchers on the injured list and they're hoping Tyler Alexander can fill one of those voids.

Alexander has mainly been used as a long reliever but he's in the rotation for the time being. He'll start a Thursday matinee against Texas as the Tigers try to extend their six-game winning streak while the Rangers will seek to end an eight-game slide. Detroit has won the first three games of the series.

Alexander, a 27-year-old left-hander, started the second game of a doubleheader against Minnesota on Saturday. He lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

The following day, manager A.J. Hinch notified the media he'll leave Alexander in a starting role, at least until some of his injured hurlers return.

"He doesn't get a lot of love all the time because he gets a little bit of the grunt work and he gets put in where I can put him in," Hinch said. "I ask him to do some things that he has to prepare for mentally without knowing if the opportunity will even come. I appreciate his attitude, his effort and preparedness. He's got guts, which I love. He's not afraid of the strike zone and not afraid of the hitter, right-handed or left-handed."

The Tigers are hopeful they'll get Matthew Boyd and Jose Urena back in action in a few weeks. They learned this week that Spencer Turnbull, who tossed a no-hitter this season, will require Tommy John surgery.

Alexander (1-1, 4.40 ERA), who has made 13 starts in 54 major league appearances, is looking forward to the challenge.

"Pitching is pitching, no matter what inning I come in, whether it's starting or relieving," said Alexander, who gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings during his lone career start against the Rangers. "I just try to prepare my body to be ready to throw every day. The routines (between starting and relieving) are different, but the mentality has to stay the same."

He'll be opposed by Mike Foltynewicz (2-9, 5.91 ERA), who has surrendered a major league high 28 homers in 102 innings. Foltynewicz was shelled by Toronto on Sunday, giving up 10 runs and four long balls in just 1 2/3 innings.

Foltynewicz will be on a pitch count limit while starting on three days' rest.

He's faced Detroit only once in his career, allowing five runs in five innings.

Detroit hit three home runs in its 4-2 win on Wednesday, including rookie Akil Baddoo's eighth long ball.

"Our guys understand we can be a good offense from a couple of different areas," Hinch said. "The young guys who have come up here have been a quick study on the league and they're trying to make a fast impression with their legs and their bats."

Texas has been outscored 59-10 during its losing streak. The Rangers were held to five hits in their latest defeat.

"I thought we could have done a better job," manager Chris Woodward said. "I know we're not hammering the ball all over the place right now. ... We had some decent pitches to hit."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 22, 2021

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