Major League Baseball
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LA Angels at Detroit
When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, August 26, 2016
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

After beating up on the American League-worst Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers go for their fifth consecutive victory against another last-place team when they host the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game series beginning Friday night. Detroit has amassed 35 runs during its winning streak and outscored the Twins 25-12 in a three-game sweep.

"Our pitching is solid, especially in the second half," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters after Thursday's 8-5 victory. "But we're built to slug and it's nice to see it." Catcher James McCann collected four hits Thursday and is 7-for-13 with two homers, two doubles and four RBIs during a four-game hitting streak for the Tigers, who are two games out of the second wild card and 4 1/2 back of first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. The Angels had dropped 15 of 18 before taking the final two games in Toronto as Mike Trout went 6-for-9 with a homer and five RBIs in the two victories. Teammate Albert Pujols reached a milestone Thursday, becoming the fifth player in major-league history with 13 seasons of 100 RBIs.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles), FSN Detroit

PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Ricky Nolasco (4-11, 5.22 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Justin Verlander (13-7, 3.38)

Nolasco is winless in four outings since he was traded to Los Angeles, losing his third straight start after giving up five runs over 6 1/3 innings to the New York Yankees last time out. Nolasco struggled in his first two starts versus the Tigers this season but pitched six innings of one-run ball at Detroit on July 18. Ian Kinsler (9-for-26), Victor Martinez (7-for-17) and J.D. Martinez (7-for-21) have had success versus Nolasco.

Verlander rebounded from a three-homer loss to Kansas City by limiting Boston to one run and three hits over six innings to improve to 6-1 over his last 10 outings. During that hot streak, which dates to July 2, the 33-year-old has permitted two runs or fewer on nine occasions and has failed to pitch at least six innings only once. Trout is 1-for-12 lifetime against Verlander, who is 5-7 with a 3.77 ERA versus the Angels.

WALK-OFFS

1. Tigers DH Victor Martinez was 7-for-13 with a homer and four RBIs in the sweep at Minnesota.

2. Pujols needs two RBIs to reach 1,800 for his career. He is 21st on the all-time list.

3. Tigers SS Jose Iglesias is set to come off the disabled list Friday but Ausmus said he is keeping Erick Aybar in the starting lineup.

PREDICTION: Tigers 6, Angels 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Angels 54-73 W2 29-33 25-40 11-19 15-14 22-29 6-11
Detroit 68-59 W4 35-26 33-33 18-13 23-27 15-14 12-5
Last Meeting
LA Angels Detroit
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/1/16 DET 3 LAA 0 .069 0 .260 .297 0 .701
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Angels C. Cron .417 5 1.301
Detroit N. Castellanos .364 4 .871
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Angels C. Cron 2 2 6
Detroit I. Kinsler 1 2 5
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Angels 4.33 .269 30
Detroit 5.76 .228 21
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LA Angels Y. Escobar .320 140 .769
Detroit M. Cabrera .311 147 .934
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LA Angels M. Trout 24 97 82
Detroit M. Cabrera 28 71 80
Pitching ERA Avg K
LA Angels 4.57 .264 883
Detroit 4.25 .267 933