Live Tigers blog: Detroit wins 10-3 — but Miggy exits

Bruce Mason
The Detroit News

Jordan Zimmermann returned from injury and earned his eighth victory of the year and the Tigers pounded 14 hits in a 10-3 triumph against the Chicago White Sox on Friday at Comerica Park.

Miguel Cabrera exited the game in the seventh inning with lower-back tightness. His status is day-to-day.

Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez and James McCann had two RBIs apiece for the Tigers (26-28), who opened the three-game division series with a resounding victory.

Zimmermann, who made his first start since May 22 when he strained his groin, gave up two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 8-2. He struck out three and walked two (both in the sixth inning) to boost his Comerica Park record to 5-1.

The Tigers got solo homers from Martinez (3-for-5, double) and McCann (3-for-4, triple).

White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (2-5) gave up seven hits and four earned runs in six innings.

Bot 8: Tigers score four runs

The Tigers scored four runs in the eighth off White Sox reliever Matt Purke to increase their lead to 10-2.

Purke walked three batters — included a bases-loaded walk to Andrew Romine — and gave up three hits.

Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez (groundout) and J.D. Martinez also had an RBI apiece during the inning.

James McCann's hot night continued with a leadoff triple, his first on the year. McCann is 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs tonight.

Victor Martinez is 3-for-5 with two RBIs and J.D. Martinez is 2-for-4.

Detroit has 14 hits tonight.

Tigers right-handed reliever Bobby Parnell is on the mound in the ninth.

Jerry Sands hit an RBI single in the ninth.

Top 8: Justin Wilson strikes out two

Tigers left-handed reliever Justin Wilson earned a 1-2-3 eighth inning and looked like the pitcher who was dominant in parts of April.

The Tigers lead 6-2 in the eighth.

Wilson struck out two batters. He used a 92-mph cutter to fan Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu.

Miggy exits

Miguel Cabrera has left the game with lower-back tightness. Andrew Romine is playing first base.

Bottom 7: Miggy, VMart hit RBI singles

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez delivered back-to-back RBI singles to give the Tigers a 6-2 lead in the seventh.

White Sox right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle issued a one-out walk to Ian Kinsler and Cameron Maybin hit an infield single to place runners on the corners with one out. Then Cabrera and Martinez delivered.

Martinez is 3-for-4 tonight with two RBIs.

Maybin has a hit in all 11 home games this year. He’s hitting .500 at Comerica Park (21-for-42).

Kahnle was recalled from AAA-Charlotte prior to today’s game. His last appearance with Chicago came on May 28, when he blew a save against Kansas City.

The White Sox bullpen had 13 straight scoreless innings prior to Detroit’s at-bat in the seventh.

The Tigers could have extended the lead even further: J.D. Martinez singled to load the bases with one out, but Justin Upton struck out and Mike Aviles popped out.

Top 7: Wilson escapes jam

Former Tiger Alex Avila belted a one-out double and Adam Eaton walked to place the tying run on base, but Detroit reliever Alex Wilson escaped the jam.

The Tigers lead 4-2 entering the bottom of the seventh.

Wilson ended the threat in seventh by inducing a double-play ball from White Sox shortstop Tyler Saladino, who is 0-for-4 tonight.

Bot 6: McCann delivers again

James McCann strikes again — this time with a little luck.

McCann’s blooper could not be caught by White Sox center fielder J.B. Shuck, who made a feet-first slide and caught the ball — but it popped out as his glove made contact with the grass.

The play was ruled a single as J.D. Martinez scored to give the Tigers a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning.

On the same play, Mike Aviles rounded third and tried to score, but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

With one out, Martinez drew a four-pitch walk and then stole second base (boy, doesn’t catcher James McCann’s arm look much better than Alex Avila’s?)  Martinez went to third when White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon threw a wild pitch.

McCann is 2-for-3 with two RBIs tonight. He hit a solo homer in the second inning.

Rodon has given up seven hits in six innings on 101 pitches.

Top 6: Zimmermann pulled

Not again, right? Is another lead sure to evaporate?

Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann gave up an RBI double to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu in the sixth to cut the Tigers lead to 3-2.

From there, J.B. Shuck grounded out to advance Abreu to third. Brett Lawrie walked to place runners on the corners with two outs and Zimmermann was pulled by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

Tiger reliever Alex Wilson (5.49 ERA) entered the game and faced Jimmy Rollins, who watched strike three (87-mph slider) cross the plate to end the inning.

Rollins looked back at the home plate umpire, shook his head and said, “wow,” as the players left the field.

Zimmermann gave up two earned runs on 93 pitches in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked two (both in the sixth inning) and gave up five hits in his first start since May 22, when he strained his groin.

Bottom 5: Quick inning for Detroit bats

Eight pitches. That's all it took for White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon in the bottom of the fifth to retire the Tigers bats.

Is this one of those games where the Tigers relinquish a lead? It's 3-1 entering the sixth.

In the fifth, Rodon's slider retired Ian Kinsler (fly out), Cameron Maybin (fly out) and Miguel Cabrera (pop out).

Maybin is 0-for-3 tonight. He hit safely in 10 games at Comerica Park entering tonight and was batting .526 (20-for-38).

Detroit Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning.

Top 5: Zimmermann gets third strikeout

Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann has three strikeouts and no walks in his first start since May 22.

The Tigers lead 3-1 entering the bottom of the fifth.

Zimmermann, who has thrown 71 pitches, has given up four hits.

In the fifth, Zimmermann retired former Tigers Avisail Garcia (ground out) and Alex Avila (strike out). Adam Eaton flied out to end the inning.

Bot 4: Rodon gets 1-2-3 inning

White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon earned a 1-2-3 inning to end the fourth. He has five strikeouts, but he’s relinquished two homers tonight as the Tigers lead 3-1.

In the fourth, Tigers third baseman Mike Aviles grounded out, catcher James McCann struck out and shortstop Jose Iglesias flied out.

Top 4: Zimmermann gives up leadoff single, but no harm done

Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann gave up a leadoff single to Jose Abreu, but managed to get out of the fourth inning without giving up a run.

It’s 3-1 Tigers entering the bottom of the fourth.

Zimmermann has given up four hits in four innings. He has two strikeouts and no walks in his first start since May 22, when he strained his groin.

After Abreu's single, J.B. Shuck and Brett Lawrie both grounded into a fielder’s choice (runner out at second, each time).

Jimmy Rollins struck out to end the inning.

Rollins, who is 37, is playing his 17th year in the majors. He won the 2007 NL MVP with Philadelphia (139 runs, .296 average, 30 homers, 94 RBIs, 41 steals, 20 triples).

Bot 3: VMart homers 

Victor Martinez belted a solo homer to right field to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the third.

It's the second homer relinquished by White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon, who gave up a solo shot to James McCann in the second inning.

Martinez is 2-for-2 tonight to raise his batting average to .344. He entered tonight second in the American League in hitting behind Boston's Xander Bogaerts (.348).

Martinez hit a 93-mph, four-seam fastball on a 3-1 count.

Rodon, who had three strikeouts in the first inning, has now given up six hits through three innings.

Top 3: Zimmermann gets 1-2-3 inning

Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann retired three straight batters in the top of the third to preserve a 2-1 lead.

Adam Eaton grounded out, Tyler Saladino popped out and Todd Frazier grounded out.

Zimmermann has thrown 41 pitches through two innings.

Frazier, the MLB home run leader (17), is 0-for-2.

Bot 2: Kinsler, McCann strike with two outs

It looked bleak with two outs. Three hits later, the Tigers were ahead.

Tigers catcher James McCann hit a solo home run to left-center field to tie the game, Jose Iglesias doubled, then Ian Kinsler belted an RBI single to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead in the second inning.

White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (three strikeouts) had two outs when Mike Aviles grounded into a double play, but McCann belted his second homer of the year.

Kinsler's hitting streak reaches five games.

Top 2: Former Tiger Garcia strikes

White Sox left fielder Avisail Garcia delivered an RBI single to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning.

Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann relinquished back-to-back, one-out singles to centerfielder J.B. Shuck and second baseman Brett Lawrie.

Designated hitter Jimmy Rollins popped out. But Garcia, a former Tiger (2012-13), hit a 92-mph fastball into center field to score Shuck.

Garcia is hitting .309 (30-for-97) across his past 27 games.

Bot 1: Rodon gets three strikeouts

White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon (4.24 ERA) struck out three batters and stranded a runner on third base — although he needed 27 pitches to escape.

It’s 0-0 after the first inning.

Rodon, a 23-year old who was the third-overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft, used his slider to strikeout Ian Kinsler and Cameron Maybin to start the inning.

Miguel Cabrera drew a two-out walk. From there, Victor Martinez, who is second in the American League in batting (.340), hit a two-out double off the third-base bag to place runners on the corners.

But the threat ended when J.D. Martinez struck out during a nine-pitch at-bat — again via a slider.

By the way: Isn’t it quite a strange sight to see White Sox catcher Alex Avila behind the plate in another uniform?

Top 1: Zimmermann throws scoreless inning

Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann threw a scoreless inning with one strikeout in his first action since May 22.

Zimmermann, who started the season with 24.1 scoreless innings, struck out Major League home run leader Todd Frazier to end the first inning.

White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton flied out to start the inning, dropping him to .128 (5-for-39) across his past 10 games, and shortstop Tyler Saladino grounded out.

Zimmermann returns

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is 4-1 at Comerica Park and hopes to give the up-and-down Tigers a return to the win column against the AL Central-rival White Sox.

Zimmermann, who has not pitched since May 22 when he strained his groin, will face White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton, shortstop Tyler Saladino and third baseman Todd Frazier in the top of the first.

How to watch: Tigers vs. White Sox

Jordan Zimmermann returns to the mound Friday night as the Tigers open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

After missing his last couple starts and nearly two weeks with a strained groin muscle, Zimmermann looks to follow suit with yet another impressive outing by a Tigers starting pitcher.

Rookie Michael Fulmer received plenty of congratulatory texts after taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in Wednesday’s 3-0 win against the Angels to improve his record to 5-1.

On Thursday, fellow rookie Matt Boyd threw five no-hit innings against the Yankees in a makeup contest, which also happened to be the sixth anniversary of Armando Galarraga’s imperfect perfect game.

But Boyd faded after the fifth and the bullpen fell apart in the four-run seventh inning as the Tigers’ late rally fell short in a 5-4 loss, thanks in part to a pair of late defensive plays by Yankees' Didi Gregorius.


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Justin Upton, LF

7. Mike Aviles, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

RHP Jordan Zimmermann


1. Adam Eaton, RF

2. Tyler Saladino, SS

3. Todd Frazier, 3B

4. Jose Abreu, 1B

5. J.B. Shuck, CF

6. Brett Lawrie, 2B

7. Jimmy Rollins, DH

8. Avisail Garcia, LF

9. Alex Avila, C

LHP Carlos Rodon


What: First of three-game series

When: Friday, 7:10 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

Pitching matchup: Jordan Zimmermann (7-2, 2.52 ERA) vs. Carlos Rodon (2-4, 4.24 ERA)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: None

Internet streaming: MLB.TV (blacked out in Detroit market)

Local radio: 97.1 FM

Satellite radio: SIRI 214, SiriusXM 177