Detroit Tigers (8-18) vs. Houston Astros (17-11)
When: 2:10 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston.
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) (Tigers radio affiliates).
Weather forecast: Clear skies, low-90s (retractable-roof stadium).
Probable pitchers: Tigers RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Astros LHP Jake Oridorizzi (1-1 4.15 ERA).
1. Derek Hill (CF)
2. Javier Báez (SS)
3. Robbie Grossman (RF)
4. Miguel Cabrera (DH)
5. Jeimer Candelario (3B)
6. Jonathan Schoop (2B)
7. Spencer Torkelson (1B)
8. Eric Haase (C)
9. Akil Baddoo (LF)
Game notes: The Tigers will try to avoid the sweep Sunday. Three straight 3-2 losses means Detroit has lost five of its past six and 11 of 13. Eleven runs over the past five games is a big factor in the struggles. Sunday might be a good one for Jonathan Schoop, who’s batting .133 in 90 at-bats this season but is hitting .342 in 38 career at-bats vs. Odorizzi with a home run. Miguel Cabrera and Akil Baddoo have taken Odorizzi deep as well.
Next up for the Tigers: Five games in four days at home vs. the Oakland A’s (including a straight doubleheader Tuesday in which the A’s are the home team for Game 1, but not Game 2). The Astros get Monday off before three games vs. the Minnesota Twins.
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