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Preview: Tigers (56-45) at Indians (52-52)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: August 06, 2013 7:05 PM EDT
  

The Detroit Tigers suffered a significant loss before this series between the AL Central's top two clubs began.

The division leaders, though, continue to find a way to defeat the second-place Cleveland Indians.

Justin Verlander will try to guide the Tigers to a 10th consecutive victory Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

Detroit (65-45) entered this four-game series with plenty of momentum after capping off a perfect eight-game homestand with Sunday's 3-2, 12-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox. However, the Tigers found out Monday afternoon that All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta wouldn't appeal a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis PED scandal.

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"It will change the look of our ballclub a little bit, but we'll move on," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said before Monday's opener.

It didn't appear the Tigers were ready to do that Monday night before rallying in the ninth for a 4-2 victory on former Indian Victor Martinez's RBI single and three-run homer by Alex Avila off closer Chris Perez, who had converted his previous 11 save chances.

Detroit extended its division lead to four games and ended Cleveland's 11-game home winning streak.

"It feels good after all the stuff that happened before the game,' right fielder Torii Hunter said.

The Tigers, winners of six of seven at Progressive Field and 10 of 13 overall versus the Indians - now give the ball to Verlander (11-8, 3.88) as they try to extend their longest winning streak since a 12-game run Sept. 2-14, 2011.

It's been a rocky season for the 2011 MVP and AL Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star. The right-hander has already matched his 2012 loss total and has walked four fewer batters in 23 starts (56) than he did in 33 last year after issuing a season high-tying five free passes in Wednesday's 11-1 victory over Washington.

"My stuff was pretty good, but I was obviously erratic,' Verlander said after throwing six innings of one-run ball.

That's a good way to describe his season, as he's allowed five or more runs in six of 23 starts - including five in five innings of a 11-7 victory at Cleveland on May 22 - and one or none nine times.

"I don't think there's been any pitcher in baseball, probably, that's worked as hard as I have this season to try to get things right," Verlander, 2-1 with a 5.82 ERA against the Indians this season, told the Tigers' official website. "... I've given everything I possibly have to try to get things on the right path, and slowly but surely working in the right direction."

The Indians are hoping for more of the same from fellow All-Star Justin Masterson (13-7, 3.33), who will try to extend the club's brilliant run of starting pitching. With Corey Kluber throwing 7 1-3 scoreless innings Monday, the Indians' rotation has a 2.12 ERA over the last 25 games.

Masterson (13-7, 3.33) is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA during that span after giving up one run in 6 2-3 innings of Thursday's 6-1 victory over the White Sox.

"I was pitching and battling and trying to make things work," he said after his third straight winning start. "The overall sense is we played well as a team.'

Masterson, though, has a 7.71 ERA in losing both his starts to Detroit this year.

Martinez is 3 for 4 versus Masterson in those contests and 9 for 19 lifetime. The Tigers designated hitter is batting .400 against Indians pitching this season following Monday's three-hit effort.

MLB batting leader Miguel Cabrera, 12 for 34 with two homers off Masterson, finished with one hit in four at_bats Monday while making his first start in five games due to an abdominal strain.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Tigers at Indians
Mon, Aug 5 Final 4 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Tigers at Indians
Tue, Aug 6 Final 5 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Tigers at Indians
Wed, Aug 7 Final 6 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Tigers at Indians
Thu, Aug 8 Final 10 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -105   -230   7.5 
 CLE  -105   +190   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -112   -230   7.5 
 CLE  +102   +190   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  64%   86%   31% 
 CLE  36%   14%   69% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Cover: +100 
 CLE 2 Under: 6 
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 Jul 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Cover: +100 
 CLE 2 Under: 6 
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 Jul 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 6 Over: 15 
 CLE 9 Cover: +121 
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 Jul 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 9 Cover: +100 
 CLE 4 Over: 13 
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 Jul 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 7 Cover: +120 
 CLE 0 Under: 7 
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 Jun 9, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 1 Under: 5 
 DET 4 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 8, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 4 Over: 10 
 DET 6 Cover: +100 
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 Jun 7, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CLE 5 Over: 12 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
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 May 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 11 Cover: +100 
 CLE 7 Over: 18 
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 May 21, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 5 Cover: +100 
 CLE 1 Under: 6 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, Aug 6
 
    Tigers at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Braves at Nationals
7:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Phillies
7:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Pirates
7:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Mets
7:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Yankees at White Sox
8:10 PM EDT
    Twins at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Astros
8:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Cardinals
8:15 PM EDT
    Rays at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Rangers at Angels
10:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Orioles at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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