Rookie Michael Fulmer has been one of Detroit's most reliable starters, and it has managed his workload well but might need more to make a run.
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Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers against the Indians tonight (7 ET, ESPN). Fulmer leads the AL in ERA (2.95) and leads AL rookies in Wins Above Replacement (5.0). Fulmer and Justin Verlander are a combined 27-15 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. All other Tigers starters are 28-38 with a 5.18 ERA.
Lineup: Tigers (84-73) vs. Indians (91-66)
- 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (R)
- 2. Cameron Maybin, CF (R)
- 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (R)
- 4. Victor Martinez, DH (S)
- 5. J.D. Martinez, RF (R)
- 6. Justin Upton, LF (R)
- 7. Nick Castellanos, 3B (R)
- 8. James McCann, C (R)
- 9. Jose Iglesias, SS (R)
- SP: Michael Fulmer, RHP
Miguel Cabrera is hitting .460 against breaking pitches in the second half, one of a number of factors leading to his impressive turnaround.
What's ahead for AL wild-card teams?
The Blue Jays and Orioles better hold on tight, as the Tigers, Mariners and Astros will all end their season against teams that are well below .500.
Miguel Cabrera ties a Tigers record
Cabrera reached 100 RBIs in a season for the 12th time on Tuesday, eight of which have come as a member of the Tigers. Only one other Tigers player had that many 100-RBI seasons: Hall-of-Famer Harry Heilmann, who also had eight, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.
Justin Upton reaches new heights
Upton's blast against the Indians on Tuesday reached an apex of 151 feet, the highest on a homer at Comerica Park in the last four seasons, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.
Miguel Cabrera knows how to hit them far
Cabrera's 441-foot blast off Indians starter Mike Clevinger on Tuesday was his eighth homer to eclipse 440 feet this season. That ties him for the major league lead, per ESPN's Home Run Tracker.
Blue Jays do wild-card hopefuls a favor
The Jays beat the Orioles on Tuesday, allowing the Tigers to get back within a game of the second wild card with their win over the Indians. The Mariners failed to take advantage, losing to the Astros to give Houston life.
Tuesday's longest home runs
Miguel Cabrera hit yet another home run that traveled over 440 feet, but he was bested on Tuesday by a player with just six homers in 100 games this season -- Eduardo Escobar. Yoenis Cespedes also reached 440 feet on his blast.
Hitter to watch: Justin Upton
After a rough start to the season, Upton showed signs of life in June, improved in July, dipped back down in August and has now been tearing the cover off the ball in September. The outfielder is coming through when the Tigers need him most. Schoenfield: Daily wild-card watch (Insider)
Drama in Detroit
Every time you think the Tigers are done for, they seem to rip off five wins in a row. And every time you think they've taken control of their own fate, they play messy games. Can Detroit pull it together in the last week of its wild-card push? Baseball's final week madness
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Justin Verlander looked sharp on Tuesday. He had a season-high 12 strikeouts, dominating the Indians with a fastball that averaged 94.8 MPH (his 4th-highest average this season). Verlander got 7 swinging strikeouts on fastballs in the upper third of the zone, his most in a game since the 2009 season. His 33% miss rate on pitches in the upper-third of the zone this season ranks 3rd in the majors. His .120 opponents' batting average on those pitches ranks 2nd.
Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in five runs and Justin Verlander struck out 12 to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 12-0 victory against a Cleveland lineup full of backups.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
Justin Verlander is chewing up an Indians lineup of mostly reserve players, as Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Mike Napoli, Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall all got the night off. He has 11 K's with one out in the eighth, matching his season high.
Tigers infielder Nick Castellanos has been activated off the disabled list after being sidelined for over a month with a broken hand.