The Detroit Tigers again will have slugger Miguel Cabrera in the lineup when they visit the Chicago White Sox on Saturday for the middle contest of the three-game series between the American League Central rivals. Cabrera received a seven-game suspension for his role in Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl with the New York Yankees and immediately appealed, allowing him to continue playing.
Cabrera was hit with the lengthiest suspension as MLB chief executive officer Joe Torre cited him for inciting the first brawl - other Tigers suspended were right-hander Alex Wilson (four games) and manager Brad Ausmus (one). “Major League Baseball can do whatever they want. They have to control the situation,” Cabrera told reporters. “But be fair. See the video. See the people throwing punches. See the people go after me when I was on the floor. That’s it. I don’t ask them to give me less games. But come on.” Chicago won Friday’s series opener 3-2 behind Yolmer Sanchez’s RBI single in the ninth inning while Jose Abreu slugged his 26th homer of the campaign. The White Sox likely will be without rookie phenom Nicky Delmonico (wrist) for the second straight contest after he injured himself while swinging the bat on Thursday.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, CSN Chicago
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Buck Farmer (2-1, 6.62 ERA) vs. White Sox LH Carlos Rodon (2-4, 3.88)
Farmer earned his first major-league victory on May 27, when he registered a career-high 11 strikeouts while giving up three hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox. He is back in the majors for the first time in over two months, and his last two starts in mid-June were horrendous as he gave up 13 earned runs in just 4 2/3 frames. The 26-year-old Farmer is 2-7 with a 6.80 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 36 career appearances (12 starts).
Rodon defeated Minnesota in his last turn as he gave up two runs and four hits while striking out nine in 6 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old has yielded fewer than three runs in each of his last five starts but endured a seven-start victory drought before excelling against the Twins. Rodon is 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two career starts versus the Tigers.
1. Cabrera was hitless in four at-bats on Friday, is 0-for-12 over this last four contests and has failed to homer in each of his last 23 games.
2. Chicago 2B Yoan Moncada (shin) was placed on the 10-day disabled list while 3B Matt Davidson (wrist) was activated.
3. Detroit 3B Nicholas Castellanos was scratched Friday due to a wrist injury.
PREDICTION: White Sox 11, Tigers 5