The Detroit Tigers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1: Game replay


Detroit Tigers (26-43) at Arizona Diamondbacks (32-39)

When: 9:40 p.m. Friday.

Where: Chase Field in Phoenix.

TV: Apple TV+ (online only, no Bally Sports Detroit streaming).

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) (Radios affiliated with the Tigers).

First pitch prediction: Partly cloudy, 100s (the park has a retractable roof).

Probable launchers: Tigers LHP Rony García (1-2, 4.97 ERA) vs Diamondbacks RHP Merrill Kelly (6-4, 3.46 ERA)


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Tiger range

1. Victor Reyes, RF

2. Riley Greene, FC

3. Javier Baez, SS

4. Miguel Cabrera, DH

5. Robbie Grossman, LF

6. Spencer Torkelson, 1B

7. Jeimer Candelario, 3B

8. Jonathan Schoop 2B

9. Eric Haase, C.

Fr. Rony Garcia, RHP

Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson hits a sacrificial fly, allowing Riley Greene to score, during the second inning, Monday, June 20, 2022, in Boston.

Game Notes: The Tigers’ three-city road trip continues with a three-game visit to Phoenix to take on fourth-place NL West team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs have seven games under .500, but that still has to be considered a win, considering they lost 110 games last season, including 24 of 27 in June 2021.

This month of June hasn’t been great for the Snakes, as they’re coming off a three-game sweep against the NL West-leading Padres in San Diego with a 7-13 record this month. Still, they took two of the three leading AL Central Twins, so don’t sleep on Arizona’s talent. The Key Game: Rony García vs. Arizona’s Christian Walker. The 31-year-old’s 19 home runs rank second in the NL, behind only Pete Alonso of the Mets. (They’re also two more than he had in 172 games combined in 2020-21.) Walker also has 18 doubles, third in the NL. Rookie center fielder Alek Thomas is off to a strong start since being recalled May 8; Arizona’s 2018 second-round pick out of Chicago High School reduced .275/.338/.788, including six homers and seven doubles in 41 games.

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The Diamondbacks will send right-hander Merrill Kelly to the mound; maybe he and fellow Arizona State alum Spencer Torkelson can sing their alma mater fight song, “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere,” before the game. (Just kidding; ASU’s fight song is a cute ditty titled “Maroon and Gold” and features the classic phrase “Hail, hail, the gang’s all here!”) Kelly, 33, is in her fourth season in the majors, with 66 strikeouts and 29 walks in 78 innings. The 2010 Rays eighth-rounder has spent his entire MLB career in the NL, which means he doesn’t have much batting experience for the Tigers.

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Only three Tigers have faced Kelly: Robbie Grossman, who was 1-2 with a brace in 2020; Tucker Barnhart, who was 0-fopr-3 with one strikeout in 2019 and Jevier Baez who is 2 for 10 (both singles) with two RBIs and — because it’s the Javy Way — five strikeouts. (Kelly isn’t throwing a slider, at least; instead, he’s relying on the old four-seam/change combo. Both throws make up 54.2% of his throws this season.)

Don’t flip/click Bally Sports Detroit for the series opener, though; the 9:40 p.m. start at Chase Field is only available on Apple TV+. Expect a clean visual design, unknown stats and hopefully a better performance than the Tigers last appeared on Apple TV, when they allowed the Yankees 13 runs on June 3. The rest of the series, however — a 10:10 start at 10 p.m. Saturday and first pitch at 4:10 p.m. Sunday — will be on Bally Sports Detroit. Once their stay in Phoenix is ​​over, the Tigers head further west for a two-game game in San Francisco. The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, get a visit from those pesky Padres on Tuesday.

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