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Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 15,530

O's, Tigers hope bats warm up

According to STATS
According to STATS

Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

  1. After getting swept over three games at Boston, the Orioles have fallen to 5-11, their worst start through 16 games since opening 2-14 in 2010. Their -35 run differential is currently tied with Texas for the worst in the American League.
  2. The Tigers are hoping to play their first game since last Friday due to weather postponements in New York. It's the first time Detroit has had three consecutive days off since September 11-13 in 2008 (excludes All-Star breaks). The Tigers are seeking to break a five-game losing streak.
  3. The Tigers went 4-3 versus Baltimore last season, including wins in each of their last two home games against the Orioles (last May). Detroit hasn't posted a three-game home winning streak in the series since a five-game stretch between 2009 and 2010.
  4. Although Danny Valencia has gotten off to a slow start this season, going 3-for-23 (.130), his .344 career batting average versus Detroit is the highest by any active player who has collected at least 150 plate appearances against the Tigers (minimum 1 game played in 2018).
  5. Andrew Cashner has permitted only one run (0.69 ERA) and six hits (.143 batting average) over his last two starts. It's the first time he's allowed no more than one run over consecutive starts since 2014.
  6. Francisco Liriano has not beaten the Orioles in almost exactly seven years (April 18, 2011). He is 0-4 while his teams are 0-7 over his last seven starts versus Baltimore, when he's compiled a 4.63 ERA.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/17/2018 thru 4/19/2018

The bats for the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers this month have remained as chilly and miserable as the weather.

The weather forecast doesn't offer any hope of a warmup but both teams will look for their offenses to heat up in a three-game series at Detroit's Comerica Park. The opener is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Baltimore (5-11) dropped five of its last six games while scoring a combined nine runs in those losses. Detroit (4-9) scored one or no runs in six of its first 13 outings.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis told the Baltimore Sun that the frigid, damp weather hovering around the East Coast and Midwest has made an impact.

"I think a lot of it has to do with the weather," he said. "We've played very few games with the temperature above 55. And that's just kind of the way it goes. That's the old adage, the pitchers have the advantage the first month of the season and it takes the hitters a little bit to get their timing down. When you're battling the elements like this on a day-in, day-out basis, it makes it that much harder. But we can't make any excuses. We have to continue to work."

The Orioles' scheduled game against Boston on Monday was postponed. So were the last two games of the Tigers' three-game series against the New York Yankees over the weekend. Detroit enter Tuesday's contest having last played on Friday.

The Tigers hit two homers in an 8-6 loss to the Yankees that night. Prior to that, they had just three long balls in 12 games.

"I don't like to make excuses, but if you'd told me during spring training that we'd have the minimal number of home runs we have as a team, I would've laughed," Tigers catcher James McCann told the Detroit News. "Anytime it's cold, it's tough to hit. I don't want to say baseball's not meant to be played in the cold, but it's a different game when it's in the cold."

Both sides will have to wait at least one more day for better conditions. The temperature is not expected to reach 40 degrees on Tuesday

A pair of veterans who signed late in the free agent process will oppose each other. Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner, signed to a two-year, $16 million deal in mid-February, will face left-hander Francisco Liriano, who inked a one-year, $4 million contract later that month.

Cashner (1-1, 2.50 ERA) has looked sharp in his last two starts, holding the Yankees to one run on two hits in six innings, then blanking Toronto for seven innings. Cashner tossed a one-hit shutout for San Diego in his only career start against Detroit in 2014.

Liriano (1-1, 2.13 ERA) pitched well in his first two outings for the Tigers after signing a one-year, $4 million contract as a free agent. The 34-year-old left-hander held Kansas City to one run in 6 2/3 innings and Cleveland to two runs in six innings. But he could be rusty, since he hasn't taken the mound since April 9.

He's 2-5 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 career starts against Baltimore.

The Tigers won last season's series 4-3.

Updated April 16, 2018

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