Detroit Tigers (61-67) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (66-60)
When: 7:10 p.m. Friday.
Where: Comerica Park.
TV: Bally Sports Detroit.
Radio: WWJ-AM (950; other radio affiliates).
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First-pitch weather forecast: Cloudy, 81 degrees.
Probable starting pitchers: Tigers RHP Matt Manning (3-5, 5.91 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LHP Steven Matz (10-7, 3.94 ERA).
Tigers lineup: TBA.
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Game notes: The Tigers and Blue Jays open a three-game set at Comerica following a brief road trip for Detroit. After a series win in Toronto and a two-game split in St. Louis, Matt Manning takes the mound Friday for the Tigers. He’s 1-1 this month with a 6.75 ERA over 14⅔ innings (three starts). These three games are the last between the Blue Jays and Tigers in 2021. Last weekend in Toronto, the Tigers won two of three, ending with a rousing Sunday comeback — featuring Miguel Cabrera’s 500th home run — to seal the series win. The Blue Jays have the American League’s fourth-best run differential (behind the three division leaders) but are in danger of missing the playoffs, trailing Boston, Oakland and Seattle in the wild-card race as of Thursday afternoon. The surging New York Yankees, thanks to an 11-game win streak, enjoy a three-game lead over the Boston Red Sox.
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