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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tigers go for win No. 12 in a row vs. White Sox (Sept. 14)

Game time: 2:10 p.m.
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) and AM (1270).

(none of the Tigers have ever faced White Sox rookie Dylan Axelrod)
Andy Dirks, CF
Ramon Santiago, SS
Delmon Young, LF
Miguel Cabrera, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Carlos Guillen, 2B
Wilson Betemit, 3B
Don Kelly, RF
Omir Santos, C

Starting pitcher:
Brad Penny
2011 season: 10-10, 5.19 ERA, 1.52 WHIP
2011 vs. White Sox: 3-0, 3.80 ERA, 23.2 IP

(stats vs. Tigers starter Brad Penny in parentheses)
Juan Pierre, LF (.306, 11-for-36)
Alexei Ramirez, SS (.231, 3-for-13, 1 HR)
Paul Konerko, 1B (.417, 5-for-12)
A.J. Pierzynski, C (.077, 1-for-13)
Dayan Viciedo, DH (.333, 1-for-3)
Alex Rios, CF (.619, 13-for-21)
Alejandro De Aza, RF (.333, 1-for-3)
Brent Morel, 3B (.571, 4-for-7, 1 HR)
Gordon Beckham, 2B (.400, 4-for-10, 1 HR)

Starting pitcher:
Dylan Axelrod
2011 season: 1 GP, 2.0 IP in MLB debut on Sept. 7.

Tigers vs. White Sox
2011 season series:
12-5 (7-2 at Comerica, 5-3 at U.S. Cellular)

Magic number:
American League Central lead: 12.5
Games behind Yankees for AL's best record: 4.5
Games ahead of Rangers for ALDS home-field advantage: 2.0
Win streak: 11 (first time since 1968 — last 12-game win streak: 1934)

BRAD PENNY, after last outing:
"The sooner we can clinch this thing, the better.
We’re playing as good as anybody in baseball right now, and now’s the time to be to be doing that. We got real hot at the right time, and hopefully we can stay that way.
I think our goal was to win a division, and anybody who puts a uniform on wants to play in a World Series. We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but the sooner we can clinch this thing, the better, so you can set your rotation up for the postseason."


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