Series: Game 1 of 3

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 6/30)

Game 1: Monday, June 30
Game 2: Tuesday, July 1
Game 3: Wednesday, July 2

Athletics 4

(51-31, 27-16 away)

Tigers 5

(45-34, 20-19 home)

    Coverage:  FSDT

    7:08 PM ET, June 30, 2014

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    OAK 000001030 4 10 0
    DET 000001004 5 7 1

    W: B. Hardy (1-1)

    L: S. Doolittle (1-3)

    Athletics-Tigers Preview

    The Detroit Tigers own the second-best record in the AL against left-handed starters even though Scott Kazmir cruised past them about a month ago.

    That victory started a major roll for Kazmir that ended with a thud in his latest outing, and he'll look to regroup Monday night in the opener of the Oakland Athletics' three-game road series against the Tigers.

    The Tigers are 15-8 when opponents start a left-hander, second only to the Athletics' 16-8 mark.

    Kazmir (9-3, 2.66 ERA) posted the second complete game of his career May 28, striking out eight and allowing six hits in a 3-1 victory over Detroit (44-34) that started a four-game win streak.

    He had posted a 1.27 ERA in a five-start span beginning with that outing against the Tigers, but surrendered a season-high seven runs over three innings in a 10-1 loss to the New York Mets last Tuesday.

    "I'm not worried. I don't think we're worried at all," catcher Stephen Vogt told MLB's official website after that game. "He's such a good pitcher. He's been strong all year for us. Just one bad night."

    Kazmir, limiting opponents to a .217 average, has had trouble against Victor Martinez (11 for 23) and Rajai Davis (9 for 18).

    He will again match up with Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.64), who was in position to win last month's meeting. Sanchez took a shutout into the bottom of the ninth inning before closer Joe Nathan allowed Josh Donaldson's three-run homer.

    The right-hander has gone 0-2 with an 8.40 ERA in three career home starts against Oakland, including a 6-3 loss in Game 3 of last year's AL division series in which he allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings.

    Sanchez has gone 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA in eight starts since returning from the disabled list May 18. He won his third straight outing by yielding four runs over 5 1/3 innings of an 8-6 victory at Texas on Wednesday.

    He will be facing an Oakland lineup missing one regular and possibly two. Josh Reddick was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right knee while catcher Derek Norris has been out the last two games with back problems.

    The A's (51-30) recalled Nate Freiman on Sunday, and he delivered a three-run homer in their fourth straight win, 4-3 at Miami.

    "Nate had a full year in the big leagues last year and knows what it is all about," Melvin said. "He is not intimidated by it. He gets called up, and on Day 1 has the biggest hit of the game. He knows how to play."

    The Tigers are back home after a 7-2 trip.

    Ian Kinsler is expected back in the lineup after he did not start Sunday with manager Brad Ausmus giving him a rest. Kinsler is 4 for 33 off Kazmir.

    Detroit lost two of three in Houston over the weekend. Miguel Cabrera was 0 for 13 in the series and Martinez 1 for 12.

    "Those are the guys we lean on," Ausmus said. "They are going to have struggles. It's going to happen. They scuffled a little bit swinging the bat."

    These clubs split four meetings in Oakland last month.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 105-56-4

    Pitching Matchup

    S. Kazmir
    15-9, 3.55 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at TEX
    7.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    A. Sanchez
    8-5, 3.43 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 vs MIN
    1.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. C. Crisp, CF R. Davis, LF
    2. J. Jaso, C I. Kinsler, 2B
    3. Y. Cespedes, LF M. Cabrera, 1B
    4. B. Moss, RF J. Martinez, DH
    5. J. Donaldson, DH T. Hunter, RF
    6. S. Vogt, 1B N. Castellanos, 3B
    7. J. Lowrie, SS A. Avila, C
    8. A. Callaspo, 3B E. Suarez, SS
    9. E. Sogard, 2B A. Jackson, CF