Tigers Look to Sweep Orioles in Afternoon Tilt

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Zimmerman On the Hill for Tigers

The Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. The Tigers look to follow up their four-homer performance as they vie for a three-game sweep.

The Orioles will give the ball to starter Alex Cobb in this one. Right hander Cobb is 0-1 this season with a 17.17 ERA.

Cobb’s opponent in this one will be Jordan Zimmermann. The Tigers right hander has a 8.18 ERA to go along with a 0-0 record this season.

TV: 1:10 p.m. EST, MLB Network, MASN (Baltimore), FS Detroit.

Oddsmakers opened the Orioles as -135-moneyline favorites versus the Tigers, while the game’s total opened at 9.

Tigers Needed to Come From Behind

The Detroit Tigers answered a five-game losing streak, along with multiple rain-outs with consecutive victories this week. The wins over the reeling Orioles came at a great time. With these losses the Orioles have now have dropped five in a row themselves.

Detroit needed two comebacks after squandering a 2-1 lead in the eighth on Wednesday. John Hicks hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. It gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead. The Orioles tied it in the top of the ninth and Dixon Machado blasted a walk-off homer for a 6-5 victory.

The Tigers have scored 31 of their 59 runs this season in the seventh inning or later.

It’s amazing Zimmermann avoided a trip to the disabled list after his last outing.  A right jaw bruise evident after he was hit square in the face by a Jason Kipnis’ come-backer at Cleveland last week. The Hurler only threw 7 pitches before the incident. He was lucky he didn’t break his jaw again.

Cobb Looks to Get on Track Against Tigers

Cobb had a Baltimore debut he would love to forget. He allowed eight runs, seven earned, and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings at Boston on Saturday.

Cobb signed a four-year contract worth nearly $60 million late in spring training. That forced him to play catch-up. He turned down a qualifying offer from Tampa Bay in November. That move made him an unrestricted free agent.

He had a 12-10 record and 3.66 ERA last season. He’s 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA in six starts against Detroit.

The Orioles showed some signs of life offensively on Wednesday. They had four runs in the last two innings. They scored a total of 11 runs in their previous six losses.

Baltimore has struggled to a 3-9 mark away from Camden Yards. They look to avert a fruitless six-game road trip on Thursday. After today they will have for 10-game home-stand.

Manny Machado carries a six-game hitting streak. He is 8-for-24 with four doubles and four RBI’s during the streak.

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Next up:
Baltimore home to Cleveland Friday, April 20
Detroit home to Kansas City Friday, April 20

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