JD Martinez taking a seat as the Tigers face the Astros

Ruben Hill
May 25, 2017

McCullers (5-1) departed with a 3-0 lead, but Detroit center fielder Mikie Mahtook, who had the Tigers' lone hit on Monday, hit a two-out, two-strike home run off Astros right-hander Michael Feliz to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the seventh. Houston is also 7-2 in McCullers' last nine starts, and 1-4 in McCullers' last five starts versus the AL Central.

The Tigers seem like they are still in Detroit, because their bats certainly haven't arrive in Houston.

He raved about the work of Centeno. "And to come up and fill in and catch that well and to have that big homer and a big single for us, hat's off to him".

Will the Detroit Tigers avoid a third straight loss to the Houston Astros when they meet up tonight at 8:10PM ET? He also made a nifty defensive play for the final out of the seventh as the Tigers (21-23) threatened again after already scoring twice in the inning.

YANKEES 4, ROYALS 2 Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter homered, and host NY once again downed Jason Vargas by beating Kansas City. "Everything you could ask for going into the game. that's a pretty special performance out of him and exactly what we needed".

"It's not ideal", manager Brad Ausmus said. I don't think anybody is anxious about it. Houston made it 5-2 on a sacrifice fly by Josh Reddick. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in his career vs. Detroit. They added a run in the third when third baseman Nick Castellanos committed an error on a grounder hit by Jose Altuve to allow Reddick to score.

Houston now sits atop the American League west with their 31-15 record, (and the entire MLB for that matter) and they now lead their division by seven games. If he has to work that hard to get through innings usually he's got some traffic or some damage to control or something is going wrong.

Astros: SS Carlos Correa was out of the lineup on Tuesday because he wasn't feeling well. "But given that he's going to be down for a couple days, I don't need to focus on it quite yet". McCann was injured on May 14 against the Yankees when he got crossed up on a pitch by Charlie Morton and was hit in the mask by the ball.

Bob Watson, a former major league player, coach, general manager and league executive, was honored by the Baseball Assistance Team with its lifetime achievement award before Tuesday's game.

Tigers: Daniel Norris (2-3, 4.81 ERA) will start on Wednesday for Detroit.

Houston got five hits combined in the second through fifth innings, but the Astros weren't able to string enough together to put Fulmer in a bind. Tomlin will look to bounce back after allowing seven hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings of a 7-4 loss against Tampa Bay in his last start.

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