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Detroit at Cleveland
When: 7:05 PM ET, Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio

The Detroit Tigers have battled their way back within one-half game of Kansas City in the American League Central and slugger Miguel Cabrera may be ready to go on a big streak. The two-time defending AL MVP looks to build off his two-homer, four-hit effort in the series opener when the Tigers visit the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday for the second of a four-game set. Cabrera had not homered since Aug. 2 and his power surge ignited the Detroit offense in a 12-1 triumph over the Indians.

Cabrera, who was rested Sunday with a sore ankle, is still batting .304 with a team-high 94 RBIs and has gotten major support from Victor Martinez (.329, 28 homers, 90 RBIs) among others. The Indians might have been a bit bleary-eyed for the opener, returning home early in the morning after their suspended game at Kansas City on Sunday with first pitch Monday at 4 p.m. Carlos Santana has five RBIs in the last four contests for Cleveland, which trails Kansas City by 4 1/2 games and is four back of Detroit for the AL's second wild card.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, MLB Network, FSN Detroit, STO (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 3.09 ERA) vs. Indians RH Carlos Carrasco (6-4, 3.01)

Lobstein allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings in his first major-league start last Tuesday against the New York Yankees. The 25-year-old Arizona native gave up three runs to Minnesota over 5 2/3 innings in a relief appearance five days earlier. Lobstein, a second-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2008, went 9-11 with a 4.07 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) with Triple-A Toledo this season.

Carrasco has been brilliant since rejoining the rotation, yielding two runs and 11 hits over 24 2/3 innings while going 3-0. However, the Venezuela native has struggled against Detroit in his career with a 2-4 record in 10 outings (five starts) with a 8.07 ERA. Torii Hunter is 6-for-12 with two homers against Carrasco, who has 86 strikeouts and 21 walks in 89 2/3 innings in 2014 – 24 and three the last four starts.

WALK-OFFS

1. Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler is 8-for-24 in his last five games with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs.

2. Cleveland 3B Lonnie Chisenhall is 12-for-23 during an eight-game hitting streak, including the go-ahead RBI double in Sunday’s suspended game against Kansas City.

3. Tigers C Alex Avila has collected six RBIs while going 5-for-15 in his last four contests.

PREDICTION: Indians 7, Tigers 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 75-62 W1 35-30 40-32 17-15 29-25 18-16 11-6
Cleveland 70-65 L1 39-26 31-39 17-13 29-28 14-14 10-10
Last Meeting
Detroit Cleveland
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/1/14 DET 12 CLE 1 .444 5 1.344 .235 0 .591
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit M. Cabrera .423 22 1.157
Cleveland Y. Gomes .421 16 1.108
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit V. Martinez 5 11 10
Cleveland M. Brantley 2 8 11
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 4.38 .282 120
Cleveland 4.69 .286 113
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit V. Martinez .329 156 .963
Cleveland M. Brantley .310 159 .864
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit V. Martinez 28 74 90
Cleveland C. Santana 22 56 66
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 4.03 .275 1058
Cleveland 3.65 .255 1187