The Detroit Tigers enter Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays with a 66-56 record, second in the American League East. The Tigers have struggled of late, losers of nine out of their last 14 games. At 22nd in the league in staff ERA, the Tigers' offense has had to carry much of the load. On the injury front, it appears outfielder Andy Dirks may miss the rest of the season, which would mean a totally lost season for Dirks.
As the Astros prepare to start a series in New York with the Yankees, they've placed Darin Downs on the 15 day DL with a left oblique strain. Downs last pitched Thursday against Boston, pitching 1/3 of an inning and giving up a run.
After being sidelined since August 5 with a fractured rib
and cartilage injury in his left side, the Pirates announced that Andrew McCutchen has been activated and is the lineup tonight for Pittsburgh.
The Cincinnati Reds dropped to three games below .500 at 61-64 following a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Logan Ondrusek allowed a run on three hits without recording an out in the 10th inning to take the loss. The Reds were without closer Aroldis Chapman due to aching shoulder after throwing 28 pitches on Sunday.