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Preview: Rays (52-54) at Tigers (56-46)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: July 04, 2014 7:08 PM EDT
  

The Detroit Tigers are thriving in nearly every facet of late, but their rotation has been particularly outstanding.

The same can't be said of Drew Smyly's latest outing.

Smyly looks to bounce back from the shortest start of his career and help the Tigers to a six-game home winning streak Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Detroit (48-34) is atop the AL Central by five games over Kansas City, thanks in large part to winning 12 of 14 games. The Tigers are batting .296 with 20 homers and averaging 5.8 runs over that stretch.

That potent offense has been supported by outstanding performances by the starting pitchers. Detroit starters are 9-1 with a 2.16 ERA during that 14-game span, including a 1.46 mark in a season-high five-game home winning streak.

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Max Scherzer tossed the latest gem, allowing one run and two hits with seven strikeouts in eight innings of an 8-1 win Thursday in the opener of this four-game set with the Rays (38-50).

Smyly (4-7, 3.57 ERA) would love to come anywhere close to matching Scherzer's outing after he lasted 2 1-3 innings Sunday in a 6-4 loss at Houston. The left-hander, who had a 1.44 ERA in his four previous starts, was tagged for four runs and eight hits.

The team revealed afterward that Smyly was battling an upper respiratory infection.

"He said he's feeling a lot better," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB's official website. "He's still got a little bit of a raspy voice, so I don't think it's completely gone, but he said he was feeling OK."

This will be Smyly's third start - and sixth appearance - against the Rays. He's 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in the first five.

Miguel Cabrera continued to pound Tampa Bay pitching with three hits, including a pair of doubles, and four runs Thursday. He's batting .537 with four homers, four doubles, seven RBIs and 13 runs over the past 11 meetings.

Thursday's loss ended a season-high five-game winning streak for the Rays, who have averaged 2.5 runs during a 2-9 stretch in Detroit.

Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.20) looks to help Tampa Bay avoid a third consecutive loss at Comerica Park.

The right-hander was credited with a 12-7 win at Baltimore on Sunday but wasn't particularly sharp. He gave up four runs and eight hits over five innings.

That offensive outburst was certainly welcome after Cobb received 12 runs of support over his first 10 starts.

"I felt like I gave back a couple runs here and there and then they'd come back in the dugout and put up even more to get me comfortable again," Cobb told MLB's official website.

Run support has been a major issue for Cobb in three starts against the Tigers. He's compiled a 2.41 ERA, but is 0-1 since he's been backed by three runs and none in two of those outings.

That was the case June 5, 2013, when he allowed five hits with seven strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings before his teammates did all of their scoring in the ninth of a 3-0 road win.

Torii Hunter is 5 for 8 with a homer and five RBIs in his last two games. He's 6 for 13 lifetime against Cobb.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rays at Tigers
Thu, Jul 3 Final 1 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rays at Tigers
Fri, Jul 4 Final 6 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rays at Tigers
Sat, Jul 5 Final 7 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Rays at Tigers
Sun, Jul 6 Final 7 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  +115   -200   8 
 DET  -125   +170   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  +114   -190   8 
 DET  -124   +165   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TAM  37%   5%   71% 
 DET  63%   95%   29% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 3, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 1 Over: 9 
 DET 8 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 28, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 3 Over: 9 
 DET 6 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 1 Under: 4 
 TAM 3 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 3 Under: 7 
 TAM 4 Cover: +130 
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 Jun 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 6 Cover: +100 
 TAM 3 Over: 9 
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 Jun 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 2 Under: 7 
 DET 5 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 3 Cover: +135 
 DET 0 Under: 3 
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 Jun 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 1 Over: 11 
 DET 10 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 30, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 3 Under: 6 
 TAM 3 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 29, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 3 Over: 11 
 DET 8 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Friday, Jul 4
 
    Cubs at Nationals
11:05 AM EDT
    Orioles at Red Sox
1:35 PM EDT
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3:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Pirates
5:05 PM EDT
    Giants at Padres
6:40 PM EDT
    Rays at Tigers
7:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at White Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Cardinals
7:15 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Braves
7:35 PM EDT
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8:10 PM EDT
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9:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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