Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tigers go for sweep in Norris' first start of '16

The Tigers, who are going for a sweep of the Mariners, will send Daniel Norris to the mound on Thursday at Comerica Park to make his first start of the season. Adrian Sampson makes his second career start as the Mariners wrap up a 10-game road trip.
Sampson made his Major League debut last Saturday at Fenway Park, allowing eight hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings. Sampson was called up from Triple-A Tacoma to fill in for the injured Wade Miley (shoulder). He made it through three scoreless innings before giving up home runs in the fourth and fifth.
Norris was called up to make the start in place of struggling 25-year-old Matt Boyd. Norris came to the Tigers last summer in the deal that sent David Price to the Blue Jays, and he racked up a 2-1 record with a 3.68 ERA in eight starts.
His recent performance with Triple-A Toledo earned him the trip to the big leagues. Norris had five quality starts in his last seven outings with the Mud Hens, including seven scoreless innings in his last start, which Tigers manager Brad Ausmus called "his best start of the season."
Things to know about this game
• The Mariners are 2-7 on their current road trip, including five straight losses. They have held leads at some point in six of the seven losses.
• Sampson was 7-4 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP for Tacoma.
• Miguel Cabrera is hitting .394 with four home runs and eight RBIs in his last nine games. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 home games, and the Tigers are 11-3 in that span.

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