Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer looks to win his sixth straight decision against the Indians on Thursday. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press)
Tigers at Indians
When: 7:05 Thursday
Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland
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Here’s what you need to know:
■ Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter was out of the lineup a day after fouling a ball off his foot against the Indians.
■ Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was named the American League Player of the Month for August. Martinez batted .350 (41-for-117) during the month, scoring 20 runs over 31 games while recording five doubles, six home runs and an AL-leading 30 runs batted in.
This is the first player-of-the-month honor for Martinez, who also had a league-high-tying 41 hits in August. The last Tiger to win the award was Miguel Cabrera in August 2013.
■ Max Scherzer, Thursday’s Tigers starter, is 5-0 in his previous nine starts against the Indians, with a 3.71 earned-run average and 60 strikeouts.
■ The Tigers are 4-3 entering the final matchup of an eight-game trip. They return home Friday to start an interleague series against the Giants.
Here are some Tigers stories to catch up on prior to first pitch:
■ Tigers' bats silent as Indians rough up Justin Verlander
■ Tigers closer Joe Nathan appears to, finally, be finding groove
■ Lynn Henning: Tigers' pilferage of J.D. Martinez should pay off for a while
■ Jason Vargas holds Rangers in check as Royals extend AL Central lead
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Tyler Collins (L) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) DH
4. Victor Martinez (S) 1B
5. J.D. Martinez (R) LF
6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B
7. Bryan Holaday (R) C
8. Hernan Perez (R) SS
9. Rajai Davis (R) CF
SP: RH Max Scherzer (15-5, 3.26)
1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Jose Ramirez (S) SS
3. Michael Brantley (L) LF
4. Carlos Santana (S) 1B
5. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
6. Yan Gomes (R) C
7. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) 3B
8. Zach Walters (S) DH
9. Chris Dickerson (L) RF
SP: RH Trevor Bauer (5-7, 3.99)