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Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 25,132
Tigers' Matt Manning gets first look at Orioles
Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
- These teams are facing off for the first time since September 2019. Baltimore is an MLB-worst 6-17 (.261) against AL Central opponents this year, with a 5.69 ERA in those games.
- The Orioles have won four of their last five games overall, and seven of 10. They have scored at least three runs in all 10 of those games (5.30 per game), the longest active streak in the majors and the Orioles' longest such streak in 2021.
- The Tigers are coming off a 17-14 win in Minnesota Wednesday in which they were out-homered 7-0 -- the first time in MLB history a team won when being out-homered by seven or more. It was Detroit's most runs surrendered in a win since a 17-14 victory over the Kansas City A's on July 23, 1961.
- Eric Haase has hit safely in nine straight games, with exactly one hit in all nine games. He has four homers and 14 RBI over that stretch, including his first career grand slam in Tuesday's 6-5 victory over the Twins.
- Casey Mize is one of five active MLB pitchers who were selected No. 1 overall in the MLB draft (2018). The others are Matt Bush (2004; drafted as SS), David Price (2007), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Gerrit Cole (2011).
- Trey Mancini has hit safely in 10 straight games, the third double-digit hit streak of his career (17 in September 2017; 11 in September 2019). He has homered three times in his last four games, all at home; 14 of his 19 home runs this year have come at home.
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Matt Manning has been far better at home than on the road in his brief career.
The Detroit Tigers rookie right-hander will try to continue his success on familiar ground during the third game of a four-game series against the visiting Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
The teams have split the first two games.
Manning is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA in three home starts and 0-3 with an 8.20 ERA in four road appearances.
His last outing came at Minnesota on Monday, when he gave up four runs on five hits in five-plus innings.
Manning (2-3, 6.00 ERA) added a two-seam fastball to his arsenal in that start. He mixed those with four-seam fastballs, curveballs, changeups and sliders.
"I wanted to get more horizontal movement on (the fastball)," Manning said. "I wanted something I could get in on right-handers and move away from left-handers. Just gives hitters another look."
Manning, who never faced the Orioles, is open-minded to doing anything that will solidify his spot on the staff.
"He's going through this league, he's facing hitters for the first time and he wants to make a good impression," manager AJ Hinch said. "I know he wants to stay here and be a part of this rotation and continue to develop."
The Orioles will counter with John Means (4-3, 2.94 ERA), who will be making his third appearance since recovering from a shoulder injury. In his latest outing, he gave up four runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals. He has given up three homers in those two starts but has walked only one batter.
Means is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA in two career starts against Detroit.
The Orioles ace was viewed as a trade candidate, but Baltimore was quiet at Friday's deadline except for shipping out infielder Freddy Galvis.
"We were very mindful of the fact that a lot of our best players that were in demand are players that are not pending free agents," Baltimore general manager Mike Elias said. "They are players that are young and talented and we like, and they'd have future years with this club and project as a part of this club when we hope to be a playoff contender."
The Tigers made only a minor deal, sending left-handed reliever Daniel Norris to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who hit two homers in the series opener on Thursday, came close to adding to his 497 career total on Friday. He doubled to deep right-center in the fourth inning, then just missed an eighth-inning grand slam, settling for a sacrifice fly. The Orioles held on for a 4-3 win.
"At that point, we take the sac fly and hope to continue the inning but very close to being an unbelievable swing," Hinch said. "He was just disappointed we scored one and not four."
Pedro Severino hit two of Baltimore's three homers on Friday before the Orioles staved off the Tigers' late rally.
"We held on tight," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. "I thought we swung the bat really well early. I'd like to see us add on, but we hit some balls right at them."
--Field Level Media
Updated July 31, 2021