Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Verlander out to stay hot against Paxton, Mariners

With a banged-up rotation, the Mariners send lefty James Paxton (1-2, 2.86 ERA) to the mound Tuesday in the second game of a four-game series with the Tigers at Comerica Park. His counterpart will be righty Justin Verlander (7-5, 3.87), who is riding a three-game winning streak and has won five of his past six starts.
Paxton is making his fifth start on the heels of his first win. He allowed three runs in six innings Thursday as the Mariners beat the Rays. It was his third straight start of six or more innings, which he did the last time he faced Detroit.
Paxton is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in two career starts against the Tigers, having last faced them in 2014.
Verlander allowed four runs over seven innings at Kansas City in his last start. He has won his past three home starts, posting a 2.01 ERA in that span.
Three things to know about this game
• The Mariners have the second-best road winning percentage in the AL, with a 21-16 record, despite a 3-9 record in their past 12 road games, including a 2-5 start to this 10-game trip.
• The Tigers have won 13 of their last 17 home games. Cameron Maybin, who is hitting .353, is hitting .491 at Comerica Park in 16 games since joining the Tigers on May 16.
• Seattle's Robinson Cano (19 HRs) is one homer shy of becoming the sixth second baseman in Major League history to have seven or more seasons with 20 or more. Jeff Kent has the most (12).

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