Notes and quotes from Thursday’s comeback

Here’s what the record books and stat sheet said about the Tigers’ comeback Thursday night at Tampa Bay:

  • According to STATS, it’s the Tigers’ seventh win in the last 100 years after trailing by five or more runs in the ninth. The last time was Sept. 21, 2013, when they turned a 6-0 deficit in the ninth into a 7-6 win in the 12th. Detroit hit for the cycle in the ninth, including an Andy Dirks three-run homer off Nate Jones.
  • It’s the first time since July 7, 1922 that the Tigers scored eight or more runs after entering the ninth inning down five or more runs. Detroit won that game over the Washington Senators.
  • It’s the largest deficit the Tigers have overcome in a win at any point in a game July 8, 2014, when they turned a 5-0 deficit to the Dodgers into a 14-5 win. It’s the largest deficit the Tigers have overcome to win on the road since May 15, 2012, when they turned a 6-0 game against the White Sox into a 10-8 victory.
  • It’s the highest-scoring ninth inning the Tigers have posted since August 8, 2001. You might remember the 13-run ninth inning that game in a 19-6 win.
  • It’s the fourth win by a Major League team over the last five seasons when trailing by five or more runs in the ninth. Teams were 3-2779 in those situations entering today.

Here’s what the Tigers said about their comeback:

  • Brad Ausmus: “Nothing stood out. It just kept rolling and rolling. When they put it in play, it just kept going between infielders or between outfielders, or in front of the outfielders. We just kept getting hits, or mixing in a walk.”
  • Ian Kinsler: “You’re just trying to get the run in any way you can, whether it’s a sac fly, a walk, whatever it may be. You’re just trying to get that run in and tie the game so you continue to play. After that, Cam took care of the rest.”
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia: “You have to pass the baton to the next guy. No one went up there trying to hit a home run. Everyone went up there just trying to get on base, let the next guy do his job. That’s a great way of playing.”
  • Cameron Maybin: “You’re not really thinking about trying to rally. You’re just thinking about doing the job and trying to pass the baton. Everybody went up there giving good at-bats, quality at-bats, not trying to do too much. Fortunately enough, we continued to fight, never quit. That’s what it’s about.”
  • Maybin: “I think as they start to chip away and you see runs going up and no outs going up on the board, guys started believing and guys started chirping a little bit louder, started to gravitate closer towards the field. You can feed off that as a player. Those are the types of situations are what you play the game for, to be in those crunch-time situations. It’s a great feeling to get a W after being down like that.”
  • Kinsler: “When it starts with Cam, you’re just trying not to be the last out. We all know that our offense is explosive and anything can happen. When you’re down 7-2, obviously the odds aren’t in our favor, but no one wants to make the last out, and we continued to fight.”

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers at Rays


There are two artificial turf fields left in the Majors. The Tigers will play eight games on them over the next 11 days, beginning tonight at Tampa Bay. In past years, this would be an issue that required player rest for a few guys, usually veterans. That doesn’t appear to be a concern right now, even with Steven Moya coming off a sore knee.

“He’ll get his days here and there anyway,” Brad Ausmus said.

Moya doesn’t sound particularly worried about it, either. He played at Tropicana Field during one of those end of Spring Training exhibitions last year, so he knows the surface.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigerroarlogoTIGERS (career numbers off Odorizzi)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (2-for-10, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (2-for-5, double)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-4, double, 2 walks, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-5, double, walk, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (1-for-8, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (0-for-2)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-4)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

devilraylogoRAYS (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Logan Forsythe, 2B (0-for-6, walk, K)
  2. Brad Miller, SS (0-for-3)
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B (2-for-8, 2 K’s)
  4. Logan Morrison, 1B (4-for-20, double, 3 HR, walk, 8 K’s)
  5. Brandon Guyer, RF (1-for-4)
  6. Corey Dickerson, LF (2-for-3, double, HR)
  7. Desmond Jennings, CF (0-for-2, K)
  8. Oswaldo Arcia, DH
  9. Hank Conger, C

P: Jake Odorizzi

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Marlins

Steven Moya returns to the Tigers lineup, his sore knee feeling good enough to play again. He takes his usual spot. Meanwhile, Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets one more start against the team that paid him to go away last year. He hit a grand slam in Miami back in April.

Gameday | TV: FSD, MLB Network, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

84tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Tom Koehler)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (3-for-8, 2 doubles, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (2-for-3)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-1)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Justin Upton, LF (6-for-16, triple, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2)

P: Daniel Norris

marlinsoldlogoMARLINS

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, DH
  2. Martin Prado, 3B
  3. Christian Yelich, LF
  4. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  5. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  6. Chris Johnson, 1B (1-for-1, walk vs. Norris)
  7. Derek Dietrich, 2B
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  9. Jeff Mathis, C

P: Tom Koehler

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Marlins

Steven Moya remains out (Update: Brad Ausmus said Moya being out is more about the matchup than his sore knee). Mike Aviles starts again in right. The Marlins use their DH slot for Giancarlo Stanton, who’s batting .371 (13-for-35) with two homers and eight RBIs over his last nine games. Marcell Ozuna, who missed time over the weekend with a sore left wrist, returns to the lineup in center.

tigerslogoTIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF (1-for-3, walk, 2 K’s vs. Adam Conley)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  6. Justin Upton, LF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Mike Aviles, RF
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS

P: Mike Pelfrey

marlins logoMARLINS (career numbers off Pelfrey)

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Martin Prado, 3B (10-for-22, 6 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Christian Yelich, LF
  4. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  5. Giancarlo Stanton, DH (9-for-19, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 4 walks, K)
  6. Justin Bour, 1B
  7. Derek Dietrich, 2B
  8. J.T. Realmuto, C
  9. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

P: Adam Conley

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

Turns out Steven Moya is dealing with a sore knee (sorry, I’m off this weekend, so I wasn’t around for that news). He’s day-to-day. Mike Aviles starts again in right field. Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets the start behind the plate for Justin Verlander, who has a 2.53 ERA in three starts (small sample size alert) with Saltalamacchia as his catcher.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigersloseoutroTIGERS (career numbers off Josh Tomlin)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (8-for-20, 2 doubles, HR, walk, K)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-18, double, HR, 4 walks, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-19, double, HR, 3 walks, 2 K’s)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-17, 2 doubles, 5 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (2-for-9, double, K)
  7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (4-for-5, double, HR, walk, K)
  8. Mike Aviles, RF (2-for-14, double, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (1-for-4)

P: Justin Verlander

clevelandblueslogoINDIANS (career numbers vs. Verlander)

  1. Carlos Santana, 1B (13-for-58, 2 doubles, 7 HR, 7 walks, 13 K’s)
  2. Michael Martinez, LF (2-for-3, K)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (5-for-12, double, triple, HR, walk, K)
  4. Mike Napoli, DH (10-for-34, double, 2 HR, 6 walks, 10 K’s)
  5. Jose Ramirez, 2B (5-for-14, 3 doubles, walk, K)
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (8-for-34, 3 doubles, 2 walks, 7 K’s)
  7. Yan Gomes, C (9-for-29, 3 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  8. Juan Uribe, 3B (3-for-21, double, HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  9. Tyler Naquin, CF (1-for-5, 2 K’s)

P: Josh Tomlin

Saturday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

Mike Aviles actually has a bit of a history against Carlos Carrasco. He gets the start in right field today over Steven Moya. James McCann returns behind the plate for Anibal Sanchez, who has a very good test on his hands with a Cleveland lineup that has beaten him twice this season and hit him hard in one of those. That includes Yan Gomes, who returns to the Tribe 9 today after missing last night’s game to have a cyst drained in his lower back. He’s 6-for-18 over his last four games.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

tigers1957logoTIGERS (career numbers vs. Carrasco)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (7-for-26, 3 doubles, walk, 5 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-24, double, HR, 3 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-22, 2 doubles, walk, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (4-for-15, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3, HR, K)
  7. Mike Aviles, RF (3-for-10, double, HR, K)
  8. James McCann, C (0-for-5, 3 K’s)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-8, walk, 3 K’s)

P: Anibal Sanchez

clevelandlogo2INDIANS (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Carlos Santana, DH (6-for-23, double, triple, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (4-for-27, double, walk, 8 K’s)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS (1-for-3, walk)
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B (6-for-14, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 3 walks, 5 K’s)
  5. Jose Ramirez, 3B (1-for-2)
  6. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF (6-for-20, triple, walk, 4 K’s)
  7. Yan Gomes, C (7-for-14, double, triple, 2 HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  8. Tyler Naquin, CF (0-for-4, 3 K’s)
  9. Rajai Davis, LF (3-for-13, 2 doubles, walk, 4 K’s)

P: Carlos Carrasco

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Indians

Victor Martinez and Cameron Maybin return to the Tigers lineup, as expected, for tonight’s series opener against Cleveland. Ausmus noted that Martinez will still need a day off now and then to watch his knee, which could create more situations like Thursday. They could use a corner infielder like Casey McGehee in that situation, but Ausmus said they’re sticking with the extra pitcher “for the immediate future” while they sort their bullpen out.

Andrew Romine, 5-for-9 with a home run off Danny Salazar, gets a second straight start, this time giving Jose Iglesias a night off at shortstop. The Indians, meanwhile, give Yan Gomes a day out from behind the plate. Rajai Davis starts in center.

tigerslogoTIGERS (career numbers off Salazar)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (6-for-22, HR, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (9-for-26, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, 10 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-25, double, HR, walk)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (5-for-21, 2 doubles, HR, 7 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (0-for-2, K)
  7. Steven Moya, RF (1-for-1)
  8. James McCann, C (5-for-10, triple, walk, K)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS (5-for-9, double, HR, K)

P: Jordan Zimmermann

clevelandlogoINDIANS (career numbers vs. Zimmermann)

  1. Carlos Santana, DH (1-for-3, HR)
  2. Jason Kipnis, 2B (2-for-2, walk)
  3. Francisco Lindor, SS
  4. Mike Napoli, 1B (1-for-2)
  5. Jose Ramirez, LF
  6. Juan Uribe, 3B (2-for-10, 3 K’s)
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, RF
  8. Chris Gimenez, C
  9. Rajai Davis, CF

P: Danny Salazar

Series preview: (Angry?) Tigers vs. Indians

A month and a half has passed since the Tigers were swept out of Cleveland the first week of May. They’ve moved on since then. They’re probably remembering now.

“Next time we play Cleveland, we understand that they’ve won six in a row on us,” Ian Kinsler said at the time. “I think everybody in here knows that. So whatever you need to do to get ready to play those guys the next time we face them, then guys are going to be ready to play. …

“We’re a veteran team. We have a lot of experience. We understand what just happened. It’s not something that we concern ourselves with after the fact. You have to be ready to play these guys the next time they’re in town. We know them well, they know us well, and we’ll be ready the next time they’re in town.”

Well, here they are.

Normally, Brad Ausmus doesn’t make much about individual opponents. No series is bigger than another until the stretch run, and there’s no sense of having to beat an opponent or make a statement.

The Indians, having beaten the Tigers six times in as many games this season, are an exception. And the normally stoic Ausmus is looking for a little emotion out of his guys as they meet up for a three-game series starting tonight at Comerica Park.

“They’ve kind of whooped us, quite frankly,” Ausmus said, “and they’re throwing three guys at us that have pitched pretty well against us, too. But we’re throwing a couple of our horses at them as well. We’ve gotta find a way to win.

“I hope that the guys in this clubhouse are a little ticked that we haven’t beat them yet, and they have a little extra fire in their belly when we play them this weekend.”

The Tigers were coming off the emotional high of sweeping the Mariners, Detroit’s first four-game sweep against any team since 2012, so it was hard to tell the belly status. But they were very aware of their struggles against the Tribe.

“We didn’t play as well as we think we should’ve against those guys,” Justin Upton said. “We have to go out and play the way we’ve been playing the last few days and try to take care of business.”

Scene-setter: Resurgent Tigers, who have won four in a row with sweep of Seattle, seek revenge against Tribe, which has won six in a row, while also looking to gain ground on first place, currently four games out.

Season series: Cleveland has won all six games against Detroit this season, outscoring the Tigers by a 38-12 margin. Tribe starters are 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA in the six games. After this weekend series, the two teams will meet again for three games in Cleveland July 4-6.

Probable starters:

  • Friday: Jordan Zimmermann (9-3, 3.24) vs. Danny Salazar (8-3, 2.23)
  • Saturday: Anibal Sanchez (4-7, 5.97) vs. Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 3.26)
  • Sunday: Justin Verlander (7-5, 3.78) vs. Josh Tomlin (8-1, 3.32)

Key matchups: While Cleveland starters have ruled the Tigers so far this season, Salazar hasn’t been among them. He hasn’t faced Detroit since last year, when he went 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA in five meetings. Miguel Cabrera, 3-for-17 with no extra-base hits against Cleveland so far this year, is 9-for-26 lifetime off Salazar, including 4-for-13 last year. … Considering how most of Justin Upton’s first two months as a Tiger went, his 5-for-20 splits with three doubles against the Indians this year don’t look bad. He’s heating up, batting 21-for-71 (.296) with nine walks, 10 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs over his last 18 games, good for a .974 OPS. … Anibal Sanchez lost twice against the Indians this year, including a third-inning exit at Comerica Park on April 23. He starts Saturday in what’s shaping up as an audition to pitch in the rotation again.

Just so you know: Cleveland hasn’t won more than four games in Detroit in a season since 2008, when the Indians took five of nine. That’s also the last year the Tribe won more than 10 games from the Tigers overall, going 11-7.

Familiar faces: Rajai Davis is making the most of regular playing time in Cleveland’s outfield, batting .313 (20-for-64) with three doubles, two homers and 11 runs scored in June. He’s also 10-for-10 in stolen bases for the month, and 16-for-16 since Kyle Ryan picked him off here on April 23. … Joba Chamberlain has a 2.20 ERA in 17 appearances, allowing eight hits over 16 1/3 innings with seven walks and 17 strikeouts. … Tom Gorzelanny has tossed two hitless innings over four appearances since June 1, walking one and striking out two.

Thursday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

Even as a designated hitter, Victor Martinez needs a day off now and then. Today is one of those days. With the DH slot open, Brad Ausmus is taking the day to give Miguel Cabrera a day out of the field. That leaves first base open for … Jarrod Saltalamacchia, making his 37th career start at first but just his second start since 2007 (he started a game at 1B for Arizona last year). Andrew Romine, who might otherwise be starting at first base, is starting in center field, giving Cameron Maybin a day off his tight quad.

The Mariners are giving their star infielder a day at DH as well. Robinson Cano’s shift moves Nelson Cruz into right field and gives Shawn O’Malley a start at second.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio

84tigerslogoTIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Jose Iglesias, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  4. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  5. Justin Upton, LF
  6. Steven Moya, RF
  7. James McCann, C
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 1B
  9. Andrew Romine, CF

P: Daniel Norris

mslogoMARINERS

  1. Ketel Marte, SS
  2. Franklin Gutierrez, LF
  3. Robinson Cano, DH (0-for-2, K vs. Norris)
  4. Nelson Cruz, RF
  5. Dae-Ho Lee, 1B
  6. Kyle Seager, 3B (0-for-1 vs. Norris)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C
  8. Leonys Martin, CF
  9. Shawn O’Malley, 2B

P: Adrian Sampson

Wednesday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Mariners

The good news for Michael Fulmer is that he won’t get to face Nelson Cruz, at least not in the starting lineup. On the flip side, he’ll face seven left-handed batters and a switch-hitter in the Mariners lineup. The one right-handed bat, Dae-Ho Lee, didn’t start the first two games of the series.

On the Detroit side, Steven Moya returns to the Tigers lineup after being off yesterday. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, 4-for-8 for his career off Hisashi Iwakuma, gets the start behind the plate.

Gameday | TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV | Radio: 97.1 FM, MLB Gameday Audio


tigers1957logoTIGERS
(career numbers off Iwakuma)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (11-for-29, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 2 walks, 6 K’s)
  2. Cameron Maybin, CF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-9, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (6-for-12, double, 2 HR, 2 walks, K)
  5. Nick Castellanos, 3B (3-for-7, double, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. Justin Upton, LF (1-for-3)
  7. Steven Moya, RF
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C (4-for-8, double, K)
  9. Jose Iglesias, SS (3-for-10, 3 K’s)

P: Michael Fulmer

oldseattlelogoMARINERS

  1. Leonys Martin, CF
  2. Seth Smith, RF
  3. Robinson Cano, 2B
  4. Dae-Ho Lee, 1B
  5. Kyle Seager, 3B
  6. Adam Lind, DH
  7. Ketel Marte, SS
  8. Steve Clevinger, C
  9. Nori Aoki, LF

P: Hisashi Iwakuma

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