Tigers at Mariners
The Detroit Tigers won a series from Seattle last weekend and look for more success when they open a four-game set against the host Mariners on Thursday. Detroit notched a pair of one-run wins while taking two of three from the Mariners at Comerica Park.
The finale in Detroit is when Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano suffered a broken hand when hit by a pitch with the news getting much worse two days later when he was suspended for 80 games due to violating Major League Baseball's performance-enhancing drug policy. Center fielder Dee Gordon, a Gold Glove second baseman, is now taking grounders in preparation to move to the position after manager Scott Servais initially said he wasn't an option. The Mariners lost 5-1 to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, while the Tigers fell for just the second time in six games when they lost 6-0 to the Cleveland Indians. Detroit right fielder Nicholas Castellanos struck out three times in four hitless at-bats and is 1-for-8 over the last two games after missing the previous two due to a finger injury.
TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, ROOT Northwest (Seattle)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (2-3, 3.21 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Marco Gonzales (3-3, 5.31)
Boyd grew up in the Seattle area and will be making his first career start (and second appearance) at Safeco Field. The 27-year-old defeated the Mariners last Saturday in Detroit when he gave up three runs and three hits over six innings. Boyd has pitched at least six innings in six of his seven starts this season and is holding batters to a .212 average.
Gonzales lost while matched up against Boyd last week and gave up four runs and 10 hits over six innings. The 26-year-old has pitched six innings in each of his last four turns after totaling just 10 1/3 innings during a three-start stretch. Gonzales has struggled in three home starts, going 0-1 with a 7.07 ERA while allowing opponents to bat .333.
1. Tigers CF Leonys Martin (hamstring) is expected to come off the disabled list at some point in the series.
2. Seattle DH Nelson Cruz (foot) will miss his second straight game but is expected to avoid a DL stint.
3. Detroit OF JaCoby Jones (hip) departed Wednesday's game, underwent an MRI exam and manager Ron Gardenhire said Jones will be evaluated further Thursday in Seattle.