The Detroit Tigers aim for their first series win in over three weeks when they take on the host Chicago White Sox in the rubber match of a three-game set Sunday afternoon. Miguel Cabrera is appealing a seven-game suspension for his role in a brawl with the New York Yankees on Thursday, which freed him up to go 3-for-4 with a home run in the Tigers’ 6-3 win Saturday.
The victory was just the fifth in the last 20 games for Detroit, which last won a series when it took two of three at the Yankees from July 31 through Aug. 2. Justin Upton homered before Cabrera’s blast for his fifth long ball in the last eight games and little-used Dixon Machado added two hits and an RBI for the Tigers. Right fielder Avisail Garcia continued to be one of the bright spots for the last-place White Sox as he finished with a single, two walks and two runs scored and is batting .418 in 15 games in August. Highly-touted prospect Lucas Giolito gave up three home runs in his debut with Chicago and will try to keep the ball in the park when he starts the finale opposite lefty Matthew Boyd.
TV: 2:10 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, WGN (Chicago)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (5-7, 6.24 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (0-1, 6.00)
Boyd finished July with a strong start in a win over Houston - his third straight - but has gone 0-2 with a 10.19 ERA in five games (four starts) this month. The worst of those outings came against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, when the 26-year-old was pounded for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. He had a strong start against the White Sox at home earlier in the year but gave up eight runs and 14 hits in seven frames across two appearances in Chicago.
Giolito allowed four runs and six hits in six innings in his loss at Minnesota on Tuesday. The 23-year-old, who was acquired in the Adam Eaton trade in December, was 6-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 24 starts at Triple-A Charlotte prior to his promotion. He has surrendered 10 home runs and 12 walks in 27 1/3 innings in the majors.
1. Cabrera needs two RBIs to tie Hall of Famer Goose Goslin (1,612) for 35th on baseball’s all-time list.
2. White Sox 2B Yolmer Sanchez is 5-for-12 with two homers and four RBIs over his last three games.
3. Detroit is 26-25 against American League Central opponents and 30-47 against all other opponents.
PREDICTION: White Sox 6, Tigers 5