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Preview: Tigers (83-68) at White Sox (69-82)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field
Date: August 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
  

If Rick Porcello is to record an AL-leading 16th win, he likely must pitch better than his last effort on Chicago's South Side.

Hoping to do that, Porcello looks to win his third straight start for the Detroit Tigers on Sunday against the White Sox, who dealt slugger Adam Dunn to Oakland hours before the game.

Porcello (15-8, 3.06 ERA) has allowed two solo homers and 10 other hits in 17 innings while going 2-0 since giving up six runs and 10 hits in six innings of a 7-2 loss to Seattle on Aug. 15. He yielded both homers in eight innings of a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday to set a career high for victories.

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"I want to keep getting better," Porcello, who hasn't walked a batter in 23 innings over three starts, told MLB's official website. "I don't think I've been as good as I could get.

"I want to continue to do well and obviously, most importantly, help this team to the playoffs."

By splitting Saturday's day-night doubleheader and with Kansas City's loss to Cleveland, Detroit (74-61) and the Royals sit tied atop the AL Central.

Putting the team first remains the main focus for Porcello as he tries to tie the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw for the most wins in the majors.

The right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.00 ERA in eight road starts since he yielded six runs in five innings of a 6-5 loss at Chicago (61-75) on June 9. Prior to that outing, Porcello was 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his previous seven at U.S. Cellular Field.

After teammate Max Scherzer failed to win his 16th in a 6-3 loss in Saturday's opener, Kyle Ryan threw six scoreless innings in his major league debut and Ian Kinsler had three hits with three RBIs in Detroit's 8-4 win in the nightcap.

Kinsler is 5 for 15 with a homer and six RBIs in the series.

Miguel Cabrera is 1 for 16 with six strikeouts in his last four, and could sit after his sore right ankle forced him from Saturday's second game.

'I told him I could give him a day (Sunday), and he said, `No, don't decide now because I might be good in the morning,'" manager Brad Ausmus said.

Teammate Victor Martinez is batting .367 with three homers and eight RBIs in eight games at Chicago this season. He's 6 for 15 versus Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.48), who is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in three starts against the Tigers in 2014.

The left-hander is 0-3 with a 6.17 ERA in four outings that followed a nine-start stretch during which he went 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.

He matched season highs by allowing six runs and nine hits in five innings of an 8-6, 10-inning loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. Three of those runs came in the first inning, where Quintana's yielded five while the White Sox have gone winless in his last five starts.

"If he's ever had anything, it's starting a game and getting into it," manager Robin Ventura said. "I don't necessarily have an answer for that."

With four total hits Saturday, Chicago's Jose Abreu is 20 for 38 with nine RBIs in the last nine games. He's batting .446 with 12 RBIs in 15 games against the Tigers, and is 1 for 3 with a homer against Porcello.

Dunn was sent packing for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn, ending an often unsuccessful four years in Chicago. He batted .201 with 106 homers, 278 RBIs and 720 strikeouts in 528 games.

The deal followed Saturday's trade of outfielder Alejandro De Aza to Baltimore for two minor league pitchers.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Tigers at White Sox
Fri, Aug 29 Final 7 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Tigers at White Sox
Sat, Aug 30 Final 8 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Tigers at White Sox
Sun, Aug 31 Final 2 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -104   +155   8 
 CHW  -106   -175   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  -111   +150   8 
 CHW  +101   -170   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  78%   74%   52% 
 CHW  22%   26%   48% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 30, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 8 Cover: +100 
 CHW 4 Over: 12 
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 Aug 30, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 3 Over: 9 
 CHW 6 Cover: +100 
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 Aug 29, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
 CHW 1 Under: 8 
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 Jul 31, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 7 Cover: +170 
 DET 4 Over: 11 
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 Jul 30, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 2 Over: 9 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 29, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 11 Cover: +150 
 DET 4 Over: 15 
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 Jun 12, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Cover: +106 
 CHW 0 Under: 4 
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 Jun 11, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Over: 10 
 CHW 8 Cover: +140 
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 Jun 10, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 0 Under: 0 
 CHW 0 Cover: +136 
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 Jun 9, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 5 Over: 11 
 CHW 6 Cover: +115 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Aug 31
 
    Yankees at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Mets
1:10 PM EDT
    Twins at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
    Reds at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Tigers at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Athletics at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Brewers at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Nationals at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Padres
4:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Braves
5:10 PM EDT
    Indians at Royals
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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