Drew Hutchison looks to help Tigers take series vs. Indians

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Drew Hutchison will make his first major-league appearance since 2018 when he starts for the Detroit Tigers on Sunday afternoon.

Hutchison will be elevated from Triple-A Toledo to face the Cleveland Indians in the finale of a three-game series.

The right-hander was at Detroit’s Comerica Park on Saturday for a bullpen session.

“I’m excited to be here,” he said. “It’s been a little bit of everything, just kind of an interesting ride so far. I’ve had a good season, so I’m excited to get going.”

Hutchison pitched a combined 16 games for Philadelphia and Texas three years ago. He had a career year in 2015, when he went 13-5 for Toronto.

In 17 starts with the Mud Hens, he was 8-3 with a 3.63 ERA.

The Miguel Cabrera watch will continue. Cabrera remained at 499 homers on Saturday, though he reached three times on a single, hit by pitch and walk. The free pass sparked a two-run eighth inning that led to Detroit’s 6-4 victory.

“There is a buzz in the ballpark,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re trying to earn our way back into being a good team here, trying to learn to win games like this where you get the lead and it goes away.”

Jeimer Candelario carries a 10-game hitting streak into Sunday’s game. He hit a two-run homer on Saturday.

Candelario has gone hitless just twice since July 18.

“He’s been incredible,” Hinch said of Candelario. “He’s been very consistent. There’s very few games that go by where he doesn’t do something positive with the bat.”

Triston McKenzie (1-5, 5.66 ERA) will start for the Indians.

McKenzie has posted two quality outings this month. He lasted seven innings in Toronto on Aug. 5, holding the Blue Jays to three runs on five hits. In his last outing on Tuesday, McKenzie limited Oakland to two runs on four hits in six innings.

McKenzie has walked just one batter in those starts. He’s walked three or more batters in 10 of his 17 outings this season, which led to a stint in the minors.

Mixing in a curveball with his fastball and slider has made a difference.

“The curveball is giving hitters a different look and playing at more than one speed,” McKenzie said. “I feel my slider is a very good pitch, but when I’m throwing just that and my fastball, hitters can get geared on just one speed. Even if they miss the slider, they’re not missing it by a ton. I feel that the speed differential with the curveball definitely helps with that.”

Jose Ramírez remains the team’s biggest offensive threat. He had a double and triple on Saturday,his third multi-hit game in his last seven games.

Franmil Reyes hit a hit in five at-bats on Saturday. He came into the game on an 0-for-17 skid and was ejected on Friday for arguing balls and strikes.

“It happens,” acting manager DeMarlo Hale said. “It’s some of the passion Franmil possesses. I don’t expect that to happen again anytime soon.”

–Field Level Media

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