* Series Roster Note:
The Indians have promoted Lonnie Chisenhall from Class AAA Columbus. Chisenhall will make his big league debut tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks, starting at third base and batting seventh.
To make room for Chisenhall, infielder Adam Everett was designated for assignment. Chisenhall, the Indians’ first-round draft pick in 2008, was just named the International League Player of the Week. He went 9-for-21 with two homers and 14 RBI in five games since coming off the disabled list for a concussion at Columbus.
They entered Sunday trailing the first-place Giants in the NL West by a half-game. Kennedy and Hudson give them a great 1-2 punch in the rotation. Chris Young is their leader in homers and RBI.
RHP Mitch Talbot (2-4, 4.91) vs. Ian Kennedy (8-2, 2.90) Tonight at 9:40 ET
RHP Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.95) vs. RHP Daniel Hudson (9-5, 3.58) Tuesday at 9:40 p.m. ET
RHP Carlos Carrasco (7-4, 3.62) vs. LHP Zack Duke (1-2, 5.73) Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. ET.
Diamondbacks Injury Watch:
3B Melvin Mora (back) was a late scratch from the June 26 game.
RHP Juan Gutierrez (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list May 25. An MRI found rotator cuff irritation but no tears. He threw a bullpen session June 17.
RHP Sam Demel (right shoulder tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 22. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Reno on June 24, and he could be activated during the week of June 27-July 3.
INF Geoff Blum (sore right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. Blum underwent successful arthroscopic surgery April 26.
INF/OF Willie Bloomquist stole second base in the sixth inning Sunday, his eighth stolen base of the season but his first since April 15. Bloomquist was the first in the majors to three, four, five and six stolen bases this season but shortly after stealing No. 7 missed almost a month with a hamstring injury. He made his first start of the season at second base Sunday, previously playing shortstop and left field.
3B Ryan Roberts, who was not scheduled to start Sunday, had a three-hit game and drove in the go-ahead run for a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning in Detroit, although the Tigers recovered to win, stunning the D-Backs with seven runs in the eighth. 3B Melvin Mora was in the original starting lineup but was a late scratch because of a bad back. Mora, a free agent signed to play third this season, has started only three of the last 16 games while Roberts has played his way into a regular role there with careers-high in homers (10), stolen bases (nine) and RBI (33).
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson and bench coach Alan Trammell stood side-by-side in the D-backs’ dugout and applauded as the No. 11 of former Detroit and Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson was unveiled on the left-center field fence in Comerica Park in a ceremony before Sunday’s game. Gibson was the MVP of the Tigers’ 1984 ALCS victory over Kansas City, and Trammell was the MVP of the 1984 World Series victory over San Diego.
RHP Josh Collmenter was honored when his hometown of Homer, Mich., held Josh Collmenter Day on Friday, the day before his first major league start in his home state against Detroit. Several hundred fans from Homer attended the game, a 6-0 Tigers’ victory. Family and friends wore orange T-shirts with a D-backs logo and lined the area around the bullpen as Collmenter warmed up, and he received a loud ovation when he was announced in the starting lineup.
RHP J.J. Putz was unavailable Sunday after pitching three times in four days, recording three straight saves last Wednesday-Friday, and the D-backs were unable to hold a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. RHP Aaron Heilman, who normally pitches earlier in the game, gave up two base runners in the Tigers’ seven-run eighth inning, and setup man RHP David Hernandez gave up a walk and three singles to the four batters he faced as the Tigers took an 8-2 lead.
The Tribe recalled 3B Lonnie Chisenhall to play third base.
Can he help the offense?