DETROIT TIGERS NOTES:
TIGERS DROP SERIES OPENER TO DODGERS: The Tigers had their four-game winning streak snapped last night, losing to the Dodgers, 8-3. Jake Rogers drove in all three runs with a three-run homer, while Kerry Carpenter added two hits, including a double. Eduardo Rodriguez started for Detroit and took the loss, giving up five runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout in 3.0 innings. Trey Wingenter pitched 2.0 perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts, while Will Vest threw 1.1 scoreless and fanned two.
ROSTER MOVES: The Tigers have announced the following roster moves:
*Placed RHP Alex Faedo on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to September 16, with a right third finger blister
*Recalled RHP Brendan White from Triple A Toledo
JAKE FROM PLATE FARM: Jake Rogers launched a three-run homer in the fifth inning last night, his 20th of the season. With the round-tripper,
Rogers became the seventh player in franchise history to hit 20-or-more homers while playing at least 50 percent of their games at catcher,
joining Bill Freehan, Eric Haase, Matt Nokes, Lance Parrish, Mickey Tettleton and Rudy York. Rogers has homered in three consecutive games
for the first time in his career and joins Kerry Carpenter as the only Tigers players to go deep in three straight games this season.
MOVIN’ ON UP: Miguel Cabrera moved up another spot on the all-time hits list last night, going 1×4 with a run scored. The hit was the 3,166th of his career, tying him with Adrián Beltré for 16th place in MLB history.
KEEP CALM AND KERRY ON: Kerry Carpenter posted his 32nd multi-hit game of the season and his seventh in September last night, going 2×3 with a double and a walk. Since August 4, Carpenter is slashing .344/.397/.563 with six doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 28 RBI n 39 games. During that span, he ranks second in the American League in batting average, while he is seventh in OPS (.959), tied for seventh in slugging percentage and tied for eighth in RBI.
ON THE ROAD: The Tigers are 3-1 on their current 10-game road trip, which includes three games at Los Angeles (AL) (3-0), three games at Los Angeles (NL) (0-1) and four games at Oakland (September 21-24). Detroit is 38-37 away from Comerica Park this season and is 7-3-3 in its last
13 road series. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .230/.298/.381 on the road, while the pitching staff has a 4.06 ERA (649.2IP/293ER).
TIGERS AND DODGERS: The Tigers and Dodgers continue their only series of the season tonight. The two teams met last season at Dodger Stadium with Los Angeles (NL) winning two-ofthree games. Detroit trails the all-time series 15-11, including a 10-5 record at Chavez Ravine.
INTERLEAGUE ACTION: The Tigers continue their final interleague series of the season tonight. Detroit is 20-24 against National League foes this season, including a 6-7 record against NL West teams. With last night’s loss, the Tigers clinched a losing record in interleague games for the first time since 2019.
TIGERS ON THE IL:
- LHP Tyler Alexander (left lat/shoulder strain, 60-day IL on July 4, retroactive to July 3)
- LHP Matthew Boyd (left elbow sprain, 60-day IL on June 27)
- RHP Mason Englert (left hip tightness, 15-day IL on July 24, retroactive to July 23)
- RHP Alex Faedo (right third finger blister, 15-day IL on September 19, retroactive to September 16)
- OF Riley Greene (right elbow inflammation, 10-day IL on September 2)
- RHP Matt Manning (right foot fracture, 15-day IL on September 7)
- OF Austin Meadows (anxiety, 60-day IL on April 8, retroactive to April 7)
- RHP Casey Mize (right elbow sprain, 60-day IL on February 17)
- RHP Freddy Pacheco (right elbow sprain, 60-day IL on March 27)
- LHP Andrew Vasquez (left calf tightness, 15-day IL on August 29, retroactive to August 28)
TONIGHT’S TIGERS STARTING PITCHER
58 Miguel Díaz • 0-0, 0.00 ERA (6.2IP/0ER)
- Díaz will make his eighth appearance overall and his second start of the season tonight at Los Angeles (NL)…will be his seventh career start. Started Sunday’s series finale against the Angels, throwing a scoreless inning and allowing a hit with one walk and one strikeout…has not allowed a run in his first seven outings with the Tigers this season. Has also made 49 relief outings with Triple A Toledo this season, compiling a 2-4 record with 14 saves, a 5.05 ERA (57.0IP/32ER) and 73 strikeouts…at the time of his promotion, was tied for the International League lead with 14 saves, while he ranked tied for fourth with 49 appearances. Did not allow a run in 12 of his last 13 outings with the Mud Hens, posting a 1-0 record with four saves, a 1.54 ERA (12.2IP/2ER) and 19 strikeouts in that span. Spent most of the 2022 season with Toledo, appearing in 58 games, before joining the Tigers at the end of the season and pitching in three games.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS NOTES:
NO. 1 IN SIGHT: The Dodgers won their fourth consecutive game last night, inching closer to the Atlanta Braves, following their 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in a three-game series opener. Tonight, Los Angeles is looking to win its 32nd series overall, its 15th of the second half and its second straight. This is the Tigers’ second consecutive season visiting Chavez Ravine and L.A. is 15-11 all-time vs. Detroit. Following the conclusion of this three-game series tomorrow night, the Dodgers will take on the San Francisco Giants for four games to close out the final regular season homestand of the season, beginning on Thursday evening. The Dodgers are just three games back in the loss column to the Atlanta Braves for the top seed in the National League and their magic number to earn a first-round bye is now four. Los Angeles is 41-19 (.683) in the second half, which is the best record in the Majors post All-Star break, ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (40-21, .656).
INTERLEAGUING: The Dodgers improved to 29-15 (.659) in interleague play this season with the win last night, which is the best interleague record in the Major Leagues. Los Angeles can clinch the best interleague record with wins in their next two games and they would own the best interleague record for the third straight season. Since 2014, the Dodgers have owned the best interleague record or a share of the top mark three times (2017, 2020, 2022) and are 141-83 during their 11-year run, which is ahead of both Tampa Bay (133-93, .588) and Boston (133-93, .588).
THE CHAMPS: With the Dodger win on Saturday night, they clinched their 10th NL West crown in the last 11 seasons and will head to the postseason for the 11th straight year, joining the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees as the only franchises in Major League Baseball history to make the postseason 10+ straight seasons. The Braves went to the playoffs 14 straight years from 1991 to 2005 and the Yankees 13 straight seasons from 1995 to 2007. The Dodgers have the longest active playoff streak in the Majors, ahead of the Houston Astros, who look to make it seven in a row with a berth this season.
MASHING WITH MARTINEZ: The Dodgers cruised to an 8-3 victory Monday night vs. Detroit, jumping out to a 5-0 lead behind two homers off the bat of designated hitter J.D. Martinez. Martinez started the scoring with a solo homer in the second inning and then ripped a three-run shot in the third that proved to be all the Dodgers would need against his former team. Martinez, who had a season high five RBI, has hit two or more homers four times in a game this year and 22 times in his career while his 91 RBI are nine shy of his fifth 100+ RBI season. Lance Lynn gave up three runs in 5.0 innings for the win and is now 7-0 vs. the Tigers over the last five seasons. Lynn is 12-11 overall and 6-2 as a Dodger. The Dodgers have a strong chance to have four 100+ RBI men for the first time in franchise history. Mookie Betts (103) and Max Muncy (100) are already there, while Freddie Freeman (93) and Martinez (91) are knocking on the doorstep. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, the Dodgers have never had more than two players with 100 or more RBI. The Brookyln Dodgers had three players reach the mark in six different seasons (1930, 1949-51, ’53, ’55), including three times by the Hall of Fame trio of Gil Hodges, Duke Snider and Roy Campanella.
SEASON FOR THE AGES: Dodger first baseman Freddie Freeman went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and his 20th stolen base of the season last night. Freeman is the first Dodger first baseman in history to join the 20-20 club and just the second first baseman in franchise lore with 20+ steals (Jackie Robinson, 29 – 1947). He is now one of four players in MLB history to post 25+ homers, 50+ doubles and 20+ stolen bases in a single season, joining Grady Sizemore (2006), Alfonso Soriano (2002) and Chuck Klein (1932). Freeman is still five doubles away from becoming the first player with 60+ doubles since Charlie Gehringer (60) and Joe Medwick (64) in 1936. The All-Star ranks second in the Majors with a career-high 124 runs and trails only Ronald Acuña Jr. (135). He is third in the Majors with 196 hits and leads the big leagues with 83 extra-base hits, while his .335 average ranks third. He is just four hits away from reaching 200 knocks for the first time in his career and the California native is closing in on uncharted territory as he is tied for 21st all-time with 55 doubles in a season:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – ALL-TIME SINGLE SEASON DOUBLE LEADERS
- Earl Webb 67 Boston Red Sox 1931
T-2.. George H. Burns 64 Cleveland Guardians 1926
T-2. Joe Medwick 64 St. Louis Cardinals 1936
T-4. Hank Greenberg 63 Detroit Tigers 1934
T-4. Paul Waner 63 Pittsburgh Pirates 1932
- Charlie Gehringer 60 Detroit Tigers 1936
T-21. Freddie Freeman 55 Los Angeles Dodgers 2023
OH WHAT A RELIEF: The Dodger bullpen fired 4.0 perfect innings last night, striking out seven of the 12 batters they faced. L.A. relievers have the best September ERA in the National League (1.81), trailing only Tampa Bay (1.51) for the big league lead. In addition, Dodger right-hander Brusdar Graterol has fired a Dodger season-high tying 20.0 scoreless innings, going back to July 25.
TONIGHT’S STARTER vs. TIGERS: RHP RYAN PEPIOT (2-1, 2.00 ERA in 5 G, 3 GS)
2023 SEASON NOTES:
- In his last outing on September 13th against the Padres, he tossed 6.0 innings, giving up six hits, four runs and two homers while striking out five in the loss
- Earned his first win of the season in against the Diamondbacks on August 30, tossing 5.0 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out three
- Made his season debut in game one of the doubleheader against Miami on August 19 after being sidelined since March with a left oblique strain…tossed five innings, giving up three hits, one run and one walk while striking out five in the no decision
- Started in six games during his rehab stint with Triple-A Oklahoma City, he went 0-2 with a 3.97 ERA (10 ER/22.2 IP), striking out 26 batters against five walks
- Awarded PCL Pitcher of the Week on August 13 after spinning 6.2 scoreless innings, giving up only one hit while punching out 11 batters
- Made six starts in Spring Training, going 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA (10 ER/17.1 IP) with 24 strikeouts against nine walks
- Will face Detroit for the first time in his career