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Game Of The Week: Detroit Tigers At Toronto Blue Jays Preview

This week’s edition of  “Game of the Week” here at Legends on Deck travels north across the border to the Rogers Centre as the Toronto Blue Jays (48-39) host the Detroit Tigers (45-40) in a four game series before the upcoming All-Star break.

The Series So Far…….

RHP Justin Verlander (ERA 4.09)  took the start for the Detroit Tigers in the series opener against RHP Drew Hutchison (ERA 5.40) All-Star Final Vote nominee Michael Saunders put the Jays on the board first with a RBI single on a line drive to center in the bottom of the first.

In the top of the second Justin Upton hit a solo homerun on a fly ball to center for a 2-1 ballgame. The Tigers then tied the game at two runs a piece with a solo homerun on a fly ball to left center in the top of the fourth inning. Detroit then took a 3-2 lead with a RBI single on a line drive to right field by James McCann.

Verlander went five and two-third innings before being relieved by Shane Greene; leaving runners on the corners with two outs. Josh Donaldson would then get hit by a pitch to load the bases but Greene would get Edwin Encarnacion out on strikes to end the inning.

The Tigers then tacked on another run in the top of the seventh when James McCann scored after Ian Kinsler grounded into a double play.

In the bottom of the seventh, Saunders made it a 4-3 game when he scored off a RBI single by Troy Tulowitzki.

The Matchup:

RHP Mike Pelfrey (2-7; 4.78) Pelfrey has had struggles this season but, his last four starts have shown some promise. In his most recent start on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays, Pelfrey received a no-decision after going six and one-third innings with just one run allowed; the Tigers rallied and pulled of  late inning victory.

LHP J.A. Happ (11-3; 3.54) Happ is coming off his best start of the season against the Cleveland Indians in which he went seven innings and racked up a season best eleven strikeouts and allowed just one run in the meanwhile. In his last seven starts he has a 5-1 record with 19 runs allowed in 42 innings pitched.

Heavy Hitters:


Ian Kinsler: .293/ 16 HR/ 52 RBIs

Victor Martinez: .318/16 HR/ 51 RBIs

Nick Castellanos: .307/16 HR/ 50 RBIs

Miguel Cabrera: .298/ 18 HR/ 53 RBIs

Blue Jays

Josh Donaldson: .301/ 22 HR/ 60 RBIs

Michael Saunders: .296/ 16 HR/ 40 RBIs

Edwin Encarnacion: .270/ 22 HR/ 77 RBIs

Probable Lineups


Ian Kinsler, 2B

Cameron Maybin, CF

Miguel Cabrera, 1B

Victor Martinez, DH

Nick Castellanos, 3B

Justin Upton, LF

Steven Moya, RF

James McCann, C

Jose Igleias, SS

Blue Jays

Ezequiel Cabrera, RF

Josh Donaldson, 3B

Edwin Encarnacion, DH

Michael Saunders, LF

Russell Martin, C

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Justin Smoak, 1B

Kevin Pillar, CF

Darwin Barney, CF

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