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Thursday, May 8, 2014

College teammates Keuchel, Smyly face off, as Tigers and Astros wrap up series

Drew Smyly and Dallas Keuchel were college teammates at Arkansas, but they'll be facing off on the mound for Thursday afternoon's game between the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros.

It's the fifth time in the last two calendar years that former teammates have started for opposing teams in Major League Baseball, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The last was USC products Ian Kennedy (San Diego) vs. Barry Zito (San Francisco) on Sept. 2 last season.

Of note, Keuchel started the only game the Astros won in last year's season series with the Tigers, the game that ended with then-Houston closer Jose Veras inducing a game-ending fly out to the warning track from Miguel Cabrera, with the bases loaded. [CLICK HERE to read that game story]

Here are the lineups for today's matchup:

Rajai Davis, LF
Ian Kinsler, 2B
Miguel Cabrera, DH
Victor Martinez, 1B
J.D. Martinez, RF
Austin Jackson, CF
Nick Castellanos, 3B
Bryan Holaday, C
Danny Worth, SS

Pitcher: Drew Smyly (2-1, 2.45 ERA)

Jose Altuve, 2B
Jonathan Villar, SS
Dexter Fowler, CF
Jesus Guzman, 1B
Chris Carter, DH
George Springer, RF
Matt Dominguez, 3B
Carlos Corporan, C
L.J. Hoes, LF

Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel (2-2, 3.96 ERA)


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