Detroit Tigers game score vs. Oakland Athletics: Live scoring updates

When: 7:10 p.m. Monday.

From where: Comerica Park in Detroit.

TV: Bally Sports Detroit.

Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1) (subsidiaries of Tigers Radio).

Weather forecast: Clear skies, low 60s.

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Possible pitchers: Tigers RHP Michael Pineda (1-1, 3.77 ERA) vs. Athletics RHP Paul Blackburn (3-0, 2.22 ERA).

• Box Score

Lineup of the Tigers:

LF Robbie Grossman

SS Javier Baez

DH Miguel Cabrera

RF Austin Meadows

2B Jonathan Schoop

3B Jeimer Candelario

1B Spencer Torkelson

C. Tucker Barnhart

CF Derek Hill

P Michael Pineda

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Tigers starting pitcher Michael Pineda throws during the first inning in the first game of a doubleheader against the Pirates, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Detroit.

Game Notes: The forgotten thing about MLB “fire sales,” where teams choose to “rebuild” (or “save money,” depending on your position and/or honesty with the team), is that sometimes they’re too hidden Jewels lead get a chance to sparkle. That appears to be the case for the A’s with starter Paul Blackburn, who entered this season with a career 5.74 ERA, 77 strikeouts and 38 walks over 138 innings (27 starts). (Those numbers might overstate his 2018-21 performance; they were bolstered by a decent rookie season in 2017, in which he posted a strikeout-light 3.22 ERA over 58⅔ innings.)

But he was a former first-round pick (just at No. 56 in 2012), and these guys usually get a few extra shots even when they’re in their fourth organization, like Blackburn was. And the A’s certainly had holes to fill in their rotation after trading Chris Bassitt (to the Mets) and Sean Manaea (to the Padres) during the offseason. And in his first five starts in 2022 at 24⅓ innings, he was the all-time best starter in athletics, with a .945 WHIP and a 2.22 ERA, which is actually worse than his peripheral stats — 23 strikeouts, three walks, one home run – predict . (Baseball-Reference puts his fielding independent pitching at 2.09, which would rank third in the American League if he didn’t narrowly miss the innings required to qualify.)

In short, the 28-year-old is exactly what the Tigers do do not have to face up after losing five straight games, including a series finale in Houston in which they hit one: A hot hand that doesn’t give up home runs. Just three Tigers faced him, with one record appearance each for Willi Castro and Victor Reyes and five for Jonathan Schoop, back in 2017 when Blackburn was still a prospect and Schoop was a Baltimore Oriole. Castro and Schoop were at least successful and each got a brace.

That’s good news for Schoop, who appears to have emerged from his season-opening slide, hitting the ball hard and registering the Tigers’ only goal on Sunday. The encounter with Blackburn could also be good news for the rest of the Tigers as the pixie dust he used to hit more swings and misses – namely a curveball that added five inches of horizontal run over last year – is running low could.

“It’s a field that has come a long way for me,” Blackburn said of his curveball, speaking to MLB.com after a Jewel against the Giants (including a “tip your cap” from SF exec and ex-Tiger Gabe Kapler). April 27th. “I’ve gained a lot of confidence in it over the course of this year. It gives (racquets) a different look. Especially with how much I’ve served, I feel like it’s playing out my fastball.

After four starts of five innings each to open the season, he only lasted 4⅓ innings against the Rays on May 3 while allowing three runs. Still, he’s notched 10 swing-and-miss errors on that brief outing, which doesn’t bode well for a Tigers offense that seems urgent.

The Tigers will send Michael Pineda to the mound; The big right threw a jewel on his Tigers debut on April 21 but has been a little more beatable in his last two starts, with 11 hits, two walks and six strikeouts in 9⅓ innings together against the Twins and Pirates. The A’s bailout also eliminated their offense, and The Two Matts go to separate contenders. (Chapman, the third baseman, for the Blue Jays, and Olson, the first baseman, for the Braves — but if you confused them preseason, that’s understandable.) That means Pineda will have a bit of the unknown for him Advantage as he faced only five Oakland batters. On the other hand, one of them, Elvis Andrus, did pretty well, going 5-for-15 with a homer and three RBIs.

Oakland Athletics' Cristian Pache (20) catches a ball hit by the Baltimore Orioles.  Kelvin Gutierrez during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Scot Tucker)

Oakland Athletics’ Cristian Pache (20) catches a ball hit by Baltimore Orioles’ Kelvin Gutierrez during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Scot Tucker)

Yes, Andrus, at age 33, still has a place in the Rebuild-A lineup; Of the 12 players who have appeared in at least 10 games for Oakland this season, 11 are age 25 or older. (Maybe available veterans are the new market inefficiency?) The one exception is arguably the biggest reason for A’s fans to be hopeful this year: center fielder Cristian Pache, acquired in the Olson deal, won’t turn 24 until November.

He was No. 12 in baseball in 2021 before a .358 OPS (not a typo) in 22 games with the Braves last season somewhat dampened the hype. That season wasn’t much better, with Pache posting a .478 OPS, 22 strikeouts, and two walks in 87 plate appearances. But his defense will keep him in the lineup — just look at this ongoing (non-diving) robbery of a Gilberto Celestino drive in Minneapolis on Friday night — and that should give time to grow at the record.

And sometimes a little more time is all it takes. Just ask Paul Blackburn.

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