Detroit Tigers (65-93) vs. Seattle Mariners (87-71)
When: 9:40 p.m. Monday.
Where: T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WXYT-FM (97.1; Tigers radio affiliates).
First-pitch weather forecast: Partly cloudy, mid-60s.
Probable starting pitchers: Tigers RHP Bryan Garcia (1-0, 3.29 ERA) vs. Mariners RHP George Kirby (8-4, 3.21 ERA).
LF Akil Baddoo
CF Riley Greene
SS Javier Baez
DH Miguel Cabrera
1B Harold Castro
2B Jonathan Schoop
3B Kody Clemens
C Tucker Barnhart
RF Victor Reyes
P Bryan Garcia
Game notes: You may have heard the Mariners ended North America’s longest playoff drought (among the four major pro leagues) over the weekend — the Mariners’ wild-card berth will be their first postseason spot since 2001 — so expect a lively environment at T-Mobile Park. After some mid-September struggles, including a 4-9 stretch, Seattle won four straight over lowly division rivals Oakland and Texas before finally dropping Sunday’s season finale, 10-3. Likely American League Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez (27 home runs and 25 stolen bases) could play soon after a back injury and slugging infielder (and ex-Tiger) Eugenio Suarez (31 home runs) recently returned to the lineup.
The Tigers counter with Garcia, who hasn’t pitched in the majors in more than a month. He got a win Aug. 15 vs. the Cleveland Guardians, allowing three runs over six innings. The series continues with a straight doubleheader Tuesday starting at 6:10 p.m. before finishing up at 4 p.m. Wednesday to end the 2022 season.
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