Game 4 sneak peek: Tigers vs. Orioles

Leon Halip

The sun is out and the Tigers are undefeated.

DETROIT--A cold and rainy day did not dampen the offense of the Detroit Tigers on Friday. Saturday they look to continue their streak as the only remaining undefeated team in Major League Baseball.

The Tigers will take on the Baltimore Orioles for the second of a three game series at Comerica Park. The Tigers will call upon right handed pitcher Rick Porcello to take the mound against the Orioles. The Orioles will send righty Bud Norris to face the Tigers.

Detroit Tigers Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler 2B
  2. Torii Hunter RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
  4. Victor Martinez DH
  5. Austin Jackson CF
  6. Alex Avila C
  7. Alex Gonzalez SS
  8. Don Kelly 3B
  9. Rajai Davis LF

Baltimore Orioles Lineup:

  1. David Lough LF
  2. Nelson Cruz RF
  3. Chris Davis 1B
  4. Adam Jones CF
  5. Nick Markakis DH
  6. J.J. Hardy SS
  7. Matt Wieters C
  8. Steve Lombardozzi 2B
  9. Jonathan Schoop 3B
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the reason he took Castellanos out of the lineup was because Don Kelly needed playing time, nothing more. Porcello has never faced Lombardozzi or Schoop on the mound. Only Davis and Markakis have homered against Porcello with Davis doing the most damage with three home runs tallied against the Detroit pitcher. Two of those home runs by Davis occurred last season.

Quick Notes:

Friday Nick Castellanos got his first major league RBI hit, Rajai Davis is hitting home runs and Victor Martinez is stealing bases. Martinez's stolen base marks the first stolen base for the Tigers in the 2014 season. The new unofficial theme for the Tigers team is "Turn Down For What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon and have turned Mario Impemba and Rod Allen's world upside down.

The Tigers did not need a walk-off win in Friday's game, despite a delayed start and a 35 minute rain delay in the fourth inning. After Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs to score on a double by Chris Davis in the first inning, the Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the second inning and the Orioles never recovered. A three-run homer by Rajai Davis and a solo home run by Torii Hunter increased the lead to the tune of 6-2 Tigers.

Miguel Cabrera needed four hits to reach his 2,000th career hit and as usual he performed with style. After hitting three singles-one of which was an RBI single--Cabrera let loose and hit a 2-run home run moonshot to left field over the bullpens and into the mostly empty seats. He put the final touches to a monstrous game to put the final score at 10-4. The home run was not only the first of the season for Cabrera, it was his 2,000th career hit.

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