(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers open up a 10-game homestand with a matinee matchup on Thursday afternoon as they play the first of four straight against the Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers come in having had a three-game winning streak snapped with Wednesday afternoon's 8-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer to account for Detroit's offense as Cleveland got eight solid innings from Carlos Carrasco.
Detroit did not have slugger Miguel Cabrera in the lineup as he was given a day off by manager Brad Ausmus. The Detroit skipper insisted that Cabrera was not sat due to injury.
The way Carrasco pitched, having Cabrera in the lineup may not have mattered.
"Guys were having trouble differentiating between the slider and the fastball," Ausmus said of Carrasco.
Buck Farmer was recalled from Triple-A Toledo before the game as Justin Verlander was scratched from the start on Tuesday with back stiffness. Farmer was forced from the game in the sixth inning, charged with five runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts.
Alfredo Simon looks to rebound for the Tigers today after getting denied a third straight winning start on Saturday.
Facing the New York Yankees, Simon was pounded for seven runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings. He allowed a pair of homers and walked three while striking out two as the righty fell to 7-4 while seeing his earned run average jump from 2.58 to 3.29.
"I think he had a little trouble getting ahead of the hitters," Ausmus said.
Simon, 34, beat the hosting White Sox on June 7 as he was charged with four runs over eight innings. Only one run was earned and he moved to 2-0 lifetime versus Chicago with a 4.15 ERA and a save in six games (2 starts).
The White Sox also saw their offense shut down on Wednesday afternoon as Minnesota's Phil Hughes tossed eight solid innings in a 6-1 win over Chicago.
Chris Sale came up short in his quest to become the first major league pitcher ever to strike out 12-plus batters in six straight starts. He finished with 10 punchouts and allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings.
"I didn't leave him out there so he could go get a record," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "If he didn't feel like he was strong enough and tired, then he was going to come out."
Adam LaRoche's second-inning home run accounted for Chicago's only run as the club had won three of four prior to losing Wednesday's rubber match with the Twins.
Carlos Rodon gets the call for the White Sox in today's opener and the 2014 first-round pick is 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA through 11 outings with eight starts.
Rodon picked up the first loss of his career on June 15 as he was hammered for seven runs and nine hits over 3 2/3 frames of an 11-0 setback to Pittsburgh. The lefty was able to bounce back five days later against Texas for a 3-2 win, charged with a pair of runs on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
The 22-year-old has a 5.25 road ERA on the year and faces Detroit for the first time.
The Tigers took two of three from the White Sox at home from April 17-19 and hold a slim 5-4 edge in the season series.