Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi White Sox won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, July 9
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Game 2: Wednesday, July 10
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Game 3: Thursday, July 11
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White Sox 6

(36-53, 17-32 away)

Tigers 3

(50-41, 27-18 home)

    Coverage:  FSDT

    1:08 PM ET, July 11, 2013

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: C. Sale (6-8)

    L: A. Sanchez (7-6)

    S: A. Reed (23)

    White Sox-Tigers Preview


    Scoring runs could be difficult for the Detroit Tigers in a matchup with Chris Sale. Still, they may have decent shot at winning given the Chicago White Sox's struggles when Sale pitches.

    The Tigers try to build on another impressive offensive showing and hand the tough-luck All-Star a seventh straight defeat in Thursday's series finale at Comerica Park.

    Detroit (50-40) is one of the highest-scoring teams in baseball and has averaged 6.9 runs while going 7-2 in its last nine. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez each had three hits as the Tigers pounded out 15 in an 8-5 win Wednesday.

    Fielder hit his 16th homer, Cabrera is 9 for 20 with three home runs in his last five games and Martinez is batting .429 during a 12-game hitting streak. However, the three are a combined 3 for 25 against Sale (5-8, 2.78 ERA).

    The left-hander ranks fourth in the AL in ERA and fifth in strikeouts with 123, but he's last in the major leagues in run-support average at 2.46, leaving him with a subpar record.

    The White Sox (35-53) have lost six of his last seven starts, with Sale going 0-6 with a 3.10 ERA. He has struck out 62 over 49 1/3 innings and limited opponents to a .215 average in that span, but has been backed by nine runs of support.

    "You can't expect him to blank everybody," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said after Sale yielded three runs in seven innings of a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday. "He's pitching fine, competing and doing all the things you want him to do. It's just when you don't get any runs, it seems like it's wasted. We need to put some points on the board."

    Sale will be the first All-Star to head into the break with eight losses since Toronto's Ricky Romero in 2011. No pitcher has been selected to an All-Star game with more losses since Bert Blyleven was 8-9 for Cleveland in 1985.

    Sale could be in danger of matching that dubious feat as he's posted a 6.00 ERA in losing all three of his starts against the Tigers.

    Detroit turns to Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 2.70), who is coming off an encouraging outing in his first start off the disabled list.

    After being sidelined since June 16 because of a strained shoulder, Sanchez gave up one run and three hits over five innings of a 9-4 win at Cleveland on Saturday. He walked one and was pulled after throwing 73 pitches.

    "I am building my arm," the right-hander told the Tigers' official website. "I don't know how many (pitches) I will have next time, but it's going to be better."

    A better performance certainly seems possible for Sanchez, who has never faced the White Sox. He is 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA at Comerica Park, and Sale has been backed with four total runs of support in his last six road starts.

    Chicago, loser of 11 of 14, ranks last in the AL in runs with 330, though it's totaled 16 in the first two games of this series.

    Gordon Beckham homered Wednesday and is batting .441 with his first two home runs of the season in nine games this month.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L3
    Last 103-75-5

    Pitching Matchup

    C. Sale
    11-14, 3.07 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 vs KC
    5.1 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss
    A. Sanchez
    14-8, 2.57 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at MIA
    5.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. A. De Aza, LF A. Jackson, CF
    2. A. Ramirez, SS T. Hunter, RF
    3. A. Rios, RF M. Cabrera, 3B
    4. A. Dunn, DH P. Fielder, 1B
    5. J. Keppinger, 2B V. Martinez, DH
    6. C. Gillaspie, 3B J. Peralta, SS
    7. D. Viciedo, LF M. Tuiasosopo, LF
    8. G. Beckham, SS B. Pena, C
    9. J. Phegley, C H. Perez, 2B

    Research Notes

    Chris Sale throws his slider 28 percent of the time and is holding opponents to a .144 batting average against the pitch, which ranks seventh best among qualified pitchers. But he faces a tough-hitting Tigers team that is the best in baseball in terms of batting average and home runs against the slider. Sale has 54 strikeouts with his slider, but the Tigers rank second best in strikeout rate at 26 percent.
    From Elias: The White Sox and Tigers will have plenty of chances to re-visit Thursday's bench-clearing brawl. FROM ELIAS: Those 2 teams play 16 head-to-head games after the All-Star break this season, most among any 2 teams in the majors.
    7th straight season with 30+ HR for Miguel Cabrera
    Cured curveball woes: Last season Cabrera hit .219 without a single home run, but this year he's batting .325 with 4 homers against curveballs. The 106-point jump is his most among all pitches from last season to this season. Cabrera's BA rank among AL hitters vs curveballs this season is 15th compared to 43rd last season. Loving Lefties: Last season Cabrera hit .344 against lefties, which is a really good number ... until you see that he's hitting .423 against them this season, the best BA in MLB. Plus he's hitting for power as his home run per fly ball rate shot up from 10% to 39% over the last 2 seasons. Chasing less: This season Cabrera's chase percentage (swings on pitches out of the zone) is down 28.6 from 32.2. He's also handled bad pitches better as his batting average on pitches out of the zone is .273 (27-99) compared to .218 (29-133) last season.
    Miguel Cabrera reached 30 HR in the Tigers' 91st game of the season. The only Tigers player to get there faster was Hank Greenberg, who hit his 30th in their 87th game of 1938.
    Miguel Cabrera has hit at lest 30 HR in 9 of his first 11 seasons. Only one player in MLB history has more 30 HR seasons within his first 11 seasons.
    Miguel Cabrera's home run in the 5th inning Thursday was his first career home run or RBI against Chris Sale. Prior to that home run, Cabrera was 1-for-12 with 4 strikeouts in 16 career plate appearances against Sale.
    With his 30th HR of the season today, Miguel Cabrera is the first player in MLB history with 30 home runs AND 90 RBI before the All-Star break.

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