When: 7:07 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: Rogers Centre in Toronto.
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1; Tigers radio affiliates).
Starting pitchers: Tigers RHP Matt Manning (1-0, 3.18 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah (1-0, 4.35 ERA).
Tigers lineup: TBA.
Game notes: Exhibit A that baseball can be a weird sport sometimes: Kevin Gausman has yet to allow an earned run this season over 12 innings, yet still took a loss in the Jays’ second game of the season. In that April 1 game in St. Louis, the 32-year-old got to two outs with two on in the third inning, then induced a grounder by All-Everything slugger Nolan Arenado to Matt Chapman at third. Unfortunately for Gausman and the Jays, Chapman bobbled the ball then threw well wide of first to allow one run to score. A two-run single by the next batter left Gausman down 3-0 despite having done his job. (And continued to do so, with just nine baserunners and no runs allowed over his next nine innings against those cousins from Missouri, the Cardinals and Royals.)
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Exhibit B that baseball can be a weird sport: Gausman took the loss in his lone start against the Tigers last season, despite allowing just two runs (one earned), in his June 11 start at Comerica Park. He wasn’t exactly sharp, with an unchararacteristic three walks over the first four innings — he entered the game with just seven walks issued over 64 2/3 innings — but he arguably did enough to win. But rookie Beau Brieske did a little more by blanking the Jays over 5 2/3 innings, and Andrew Chafin, Jason Foley, Michael Fulmer and Gregory Soto finished things off.
Alas for the Tigers, only Foley remains on this year’s roster, which is Exhibit A in why this season’s Tigers’ bullpen has the fifth-worst scoring rate of inherited runners (54.5%) and the fifth-worst ERA (6.18) in the majors. Which means, while we’re juggling all these Exhibits, that left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez probably shouldn’t leave any runners on base when he inevitably departs the mound at Rogers Centre tonight.
The Jays and Tigers wrap up their three-game set with a night game Thursday, with Spencer Turnbull still searching for his first victory since 2021 and Chris Bassitt looking to drop his ERA below 10. Afterward, the Tigers will have a quick return home for their first night game under the new lights at Comerica Park on Friday when the San Francisco Giants — former employers of new Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris — come to town. The Jays, meanwhile, get a weekend visit from the Tampa Bay Rays, who —as we have improbably written so many times in these game notes this season already — remain the majors’ lone unbeaten.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers game score vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Time, TV
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