Major League Baseball
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Detroit at Baltimore
When: 7:05 PM ET, Friday, July 31, 2015
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland

The Detroit Tigers' pitching left plenty to be desired in the wake of trading away starter David Price and closer Joakim Soria. After nearly squandering a seven-run lead in the opener, the visiting Tigers vie for their third straight win when they continue their four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

Yoenis Cespedes is also on team president Dave Dombrowski's list for "rebooting going into next year," but the 29-year-old Cuban belted a two-run homer and added an RBI single in Thursday's 9-8 triumph over Baltimore. Cespedes is 8-for-17 with three homers, six RBIs and five runs scored in his last four contests, but is just 3-for-14 with four strikeouts in his career versus Friday starter Wei-Yin Chen. Baltimore's Adam Jones continued his hot stretch despite seeing his team's season high-tying five-game winning streak come to a halt. Jones, who launched a two-run homer on Thursday, is 8-for-24 with six runs scored in last six contests.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, MASN2 (Baltimore)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Buck Farmer (0-2, 9.22 ERA) vs. Orioles LH Wei-Yin Chen (5-6, 2.88)

With Shane Greene shuffled to the bullpen earlier in the week, Farmer will receive his third start of the season and fourth appearance for Detroit on Friday. The 24-year-old has been touched for four homers in 13 2/3 innings in 2015, but has struck out 23 in as many frames in his seven big-league appearances. Farmer, who is making his first outing with the Tigers since July 11, has pitched 86 2/3 innings with Triple-A Toledo this season.

Chen allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. The 30-year-old Taiwan native has struggled with the long ball, and allowed two homers for the fourth time in his last six trips to the mound against the Rays. Chen owns a 1-0 career mark versus Detroit, but struggled in his last meeting after surrendering five runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 frames before walking away with a no-decision.

WALK-OFFS

1. Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy is riding a 13-game hitting streak.

2. Detroit's Victor Martinez saw his 13-game hitting streak at Camden Yards come to an end on Thursday.

3. Orioles C Matt Wieters is 6-for-10 with three RBIs in his last three contests.

PREDICTION: Orioles 4, Tigers 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 50-52 W2 25-27 25-25 8-12 27-17 8-13 7-10
Baltimore 51-50 L1 32-20 19-30 26-24 10-9 7-10 8-7
Last Meeting
Detroit Baltimore
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/30/15 DET 9 BAL 8 .410 1 1.068 .270 2 .790
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit J. Iglesias .533 8 1.429
Baltimore A. Jones .471 8 1.409
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit J. Iglesias 1 8 3
Baltimore A. Jones 2 5 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 5.75 .281 33
Baltimore 4.89 .297 31
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit M. Cabrera .350 97 1.034
Baltimore M. Machado .290 113 .868
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit J. Martinez 27 65 66
Baltimore C. Davis 25 52 69
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 4.45 .275 720
Baltimore 3.72 .253 750