Tigers-White Sox Preview
By ALAN FERGUSON
(AP) -- Prince Fielder managed to break out of a career-worst slump, but he couldn't help his Detroit Tigers get any closer to ending theirs.
The inconsistent Tigers might not have any more luck getting back on track Tuesday when they face Chicago White Sox veteran right-hander Jake Peavy, who will seek his second win in three matchups this season.
Fielder was hitless in 22 at-bats heading into Monday's game at U.S. Cellular Field but went 3 for 5 and drove in a pair of runs. The Tigers (17-18), though, couldn't hold on to an early three-run lead in their 7-5 defeat and were denied their first win streak since a four-game run April 15-18.
"We had the chance to score more (runs), should have scored more runs," manager Jim Leyland said.
The White Sox's Dayan Viciedo homered to snap a 1-for-17 slump and drove in a career-high four runs while sending Detroit to its 15th loss in 23 games. Adam Dunn also hit his 12th homer of the season, surpassing his 122-game total from 2011.
Chicago (17-19), winners in just seven of 20, will seek to post its third win streak over the last two weeks with help from the rejuvenated Peavy (4-1, 1.89 ERA), who hasn't won more than seven games in his two previous full seasons with the White Sox.
The right-hander moved a little closer to matching that total during an 8-1 win over Cleveland on Wednesday and threw at least seven innings for the fifth straight outing.
"If you could draw it up like that for all 30-some starts, it would be a perfect world," he said.
Peavy's most recent home start against the Tigers on April 13 was equally superb as he allowed two runs and two hits over 6 2-3 innings. He wasn't as effective at Comerica Park on May 4, giving up three runs over 7 2-3 innings, and did not get a decision in a 5-4 defeat.
Peavy's counterpart in Tuesday's game, Max Scherzer (2-3, 5.73), has a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts against the White Sox but is 3-3 over those outings. He's gotten a combined 28 runs of support in the three wins and five in the other four games.
Scherzer has received two runs in each of his two matchups with Chicago this season and did not get a decision May 5 despite giving up only a solo homer over seven innings and striking out nine. Scherzer had a season-high 11 strikeouts while pitching opposite Peavy on April 13, and gave up three runs and five hits over six innings.
The right-hander, who has allowed three or fewer runs in all but two starts, is coming off his first win since April 18. He gave up a two-run homer and four other hits over 6 1-3 innings during a 10-6 win in Oakland on Thursday.
The 10 runs of support were three fewer than he received in his previous five games combined. Miguel Cabrera will try to provide some more help for his starter by extending his recent surge.
He's 12 for 23 (.522) with seven RBIs in his last five games and is hitting .340 with six homers and 19 RBIs in last 25 games against White Sox. However, he's 6 for 32 (.188) with 12 strikeouts in his career against Peavy.
Updated May 15, 2012