The D-Backs are poised to receive a visit from another AL Central team when the Detroit Tigers arrive at Chase Field on Tuesday night for the start of the two-game series.
Arizona swept the Cleveland Indians during the inaugural weekend of the season, while Detroit has yet to play against a National League team in 2017. Last year the Tigers were 13-7 in interleague games .
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This series will begin with a duel of pitchers with powerful arms.
Robbie Ray, a left-hander, is looking to continue his solid start to the season in Arizona with 49 strikeouts – the most in the team – with 36 innings and a third. Ray has been solid in each of his last two starts, but unfortunately he has come out with the defeat in each one of them not only having a support race.
Detroit will fight back with veteran right-hander Justin Verlander, who has returned to his old form after two tough starts in mid-April. Verlander has completed seven innings in each of his last two appearances, in which he has made 119 and 118 innings, respectively. In those openings, Verlander has allowed three runs – two clean – and nine hits; Has given six tickets and struck out 13.
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Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (left hamstring) hopes to be back to the lineup after missing the three-game series in Oakland last weekend.
Ray made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2014, before being traded to Arizona in December of that year.
Verlander has had success against the D-Backs, scoring 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA with 19 strikeouts in two starts, the last in 2014 at Chase Field.