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Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 14,506
Marlins aim to extend Tigers' losing streak
Miami Marlins at Detroit Tigers
- Miami swept the Mets over the weekend after losing seven consecutive games. The Marlins' 10-31 record was the second-worst by a team entering a series sweep in the divisional era (since 1961), behind only the Marlins against the Mets in 2013 (entered with a 13-41 record, minimum three games in the series and 40 games into the season).
- The Tigers' last game versus the Athletics was suspended due to rain and will be resumed in September. Prior to that game, they had lost seven straight at Comerica, getting outscored 65-12. That's their worst run differential in a seven-game home span in franchise history.
- The two teams enter with the fewest runs scored per game in MLB -- the Marlins are 30th with 2.68 runs per game while the Tigers are 29th at 3.31. Both teams average the fewest home runs per game, with the Marlins averaging 0.61 home runs and the Tigers at 0.80.
- Although he is hitting just .209 in the month of May after hitting .294 in April, Jorge Alfaro has gone 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits in his last three games. His 11 games with multiple hits lead the Marlins.
- Detroit's 5.67 bullpen ERA this season is the third worst in MLB. However, Shane Greene has gone 15-for-15 in save opportunities this season, the second-most saves without a blown save in baseball, behind only Kirby Yates (18-for-18).
- Caleb Smith's 0.92 WHIP this season is sixth lowest in baseball (minimum eight starts) and the second-lowest by a Marlin through eight starts of the season in franchise history, behind only Josh Johnson in 2011 (0.90).
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The Miami Marlins possess a mostly inexperienced roster, but in their visit to Detroit's Comerica Park this week, Curtis Granderson is returning to the outfield where he began his long career.
Granderson, 38, haunted his former club in the first game of a three-game series on Tuesday, reaching base three times and scoring a run from the leadoff spot. Miami won the game 5-4 in 11 innings to increase its season-best winning streak to four games.
Granderson played with the Tigers from 2004-09.
"I never thought I'd stay this long," Granderson told the Miami Herald, "so I'm very fortunate and blessed to get a chance to play this long, which has been really cool."
The second game of the series is scheduled for Wednesday evening.
Right-hander Jose Urena (1-6, 4.44 ERA), Miami's starter on Wednesday, has pitched a lot better than his record would suggest. He has gone at least six innings in each of his past six outings, and he allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of those contests. However, he went 1-3 with two no-decisions during that span.
Urena held the Tampa Bay Bays to one run on six hits in six innings on May 15, but the Marlins were blanked 1-0.
"For me, it's attacking those hitters," Urena said to MLB.com afterward. "We tried to get quick outs, to help me go deep into the game."
Urena will be facing the Tigers for the first time in his career.
Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro, who strained his left calf on Saturday, returned to the lineup on Tuesday as the designated hitter but went hitless in five at-bats.
"It gives him an extra day with the leg," manager Don Mattingly said of using Alfaro as a DH. "We think he's fine. Then we will figure out the lineup (Wednesday)."
Detroit's Wednesday starter, Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.50 ERA), also will be facing an unfamiliar foe as his club tries to end a seven-game losing streak. His lone career appearance against the Marlins came in 2016, when he allowed two runs in five innings.
Norris is coming off his worst outing statistically this season. The 26-year-old left-hander gave up six runs on seven hits, including two homers, over 5 1/3 innings to the Oakland A's on Friday.
Norris tossed three scoreless innings before some defensive miscues and the long ball ruined his night. One positive is that he hasn't endured any health setbacks after missing most of last season when he required groin surgery.
"At the end of the day, I've got to keep in mind where I was and where I am now," Norris told the Detroit News. "I feel good about that."
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't feeling good about an overturned call in the ninth inning on Tuesday, and it led to his ejection. Marlins left fielder Harold Ramirez apparently dropped a Ronny Rodriguez fly ball during Detroit's two-run rally. Upon replay review, it was a ruled a catch, and Rodriguez was credited with a sacrifice fly.
The Tigers forced extra innings before coming up short in the 11th.
"Everybody's frustrated," bench coach Steve Liddle said. "It was nice to see us come back. We got some key hits, had some good at-bats, but obviously, frustration boils over. Then again, it didn't look like (Ramirez) had the ball secured."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 22, 2019