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3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, August 17, 2019
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 17,228

Tigers expect Zimmermann to be ready to face Rays

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Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Tampa Bay won two of three at Detroit from June 4-6 and has batted .319 and averaged 6.7 runs during a six-game home winning streak vs. the Tigers. The streak is the Rays' longest active run against any AL opponent.
  2. MLB-worst Detroit wrapped up a 4-7 home stretch against teams with losing records with a 7-2 loss to Seattle on Thursday. The Tigers are last in the majors with a .241 winning percentage (13-41) vs. teams above .500 and will play their next 17 games against opponents over the break-even mark.
  3. The Rays settled for a 5-1 road trip after Wednesday's 7-2 loss to San Diego. Tampa Bay leads the majors with an .800 winning percentage (12-3) since July 28 and the bullpen is 8-0 with an MLB-best 2.56 ERA in that span.
  4. Daniel Norris, Friday's projected starter, is 1-9 with a 5.46 ERA in his last 16 starts and 3-14 in 29 starts since 2018. Norris and teammate Spencer Turnbull are the only traditional starting pitchers in the majors with three or fewer wins and at least 25 starts since 2018 (Miami's Ryne Stanek has two wins in 56 starts).
  5. Miguel Cabrera has hit safely in 16 of 17 games, going 22-for-68 (.324). His 574th double on Wednesday tied him with Bobby Abreu for the most by a Venezuela-born player. Cabrera, Abreu and Charlie Gehringer are tied for 23rd all-time in doubles. Cabrera is batting .390 (23-for-59) in his last 16 games at Tampa Bay.
  6. Eric Sogard has reached base in a career-best 26 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. His 13-game on-base streak since being acquired from Toronto is the second-longest to begin a Rays career behind Rocco Baldelli (24) in 2003.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/16/2019 thru 8/18/2019

Ryan Yarbrough is coming off the best outing of his career. He'll have a good chance to match that dominance when he faces the weak-hitting Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

The Tampa Bay Rays left-hander mowed down the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, limiting them to three hits in 8 2/3 innings of a 1-0 victory. Yarbrough (11-3, 3.56 ERA) didn't walk a batter while striking out eight.

Yarbrough, who lasted less than five innings in his previous two appearances, was disappointed that manager Kevin Cash didn't allow him to get the last out. Emilio Pagan recorded the one-out save.

"Obviously, a little angry," Yarbrough told afterward. "But I think (Cash) would want me to be. I think he would want me to want to finish it. I don't think I have any ill-will about it or anything. Obviously, Emilio came in and did a great job, and we won the ballgame and got a series sweep against a team that beat us up last year."

Cash said he was simply playing the percentages. Power hitter Domingo Santana was due up, though Pagan wound up facing pinch-hitter Omar Narvaez.

"The thought process, simply in that inning, is that we knew Santana was coming up third ... liked the better matchup with Pagan," Cash said. "Very difficult decision, given obviously with what Yarbs provided for us. But felt like that was to give us the best chance to win."

Yarbrough has been one of the league's best surprises. He's solidified the staff by going 6-0 with three no-decisions in his last nine appearances.

In his only career outing against Detroit, he pitched three scoreless innings of relief and recorded a victory.

The Tigers will counter with veteran right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who will be activated from the 10-day IL. He wound up there earlier this month with a right cervical spasm. He received a nerve-blocking injection and the results have been positive.

"I've been playing catch (long toss out to 120 feet) the last couple of days and it feels good," he told the Detroit News this week. "I just took some days off (five) and let the shot do its work. Then ramp it back up pretty quickly."

Zimmermann (1-8, 7.13 ERA) allowed four runs on six hits in six innings to Texas on Aug. 4 prior to the IL stint. He's 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA in seven career starts against Tampa Bay.

The Tigers won the series opener 2-0 on Friday night, getting a 10-game road trip off to a promising beginning. Rookie right fielder Travis Demeritte led the offense with two hits and a run scored. Joe Jimenez survived a shaky ninth for his third save since previous closer Shane Greene was dealt to Atlanta.

"We made a lot of really good plays out there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've talked about it. These guys are right there, trying to get into the playoffs and all those things. We have to rise to the occasion. You learn from these games, playing a team like that, that's relentless. A great win to start this road trip, a tough road trip."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 17, 2019

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