He played in 158 games past year, hitting.316 with 38 home runs and 108 RBIs.
The Indians recalled right-hander Joe Colon from Triple-A Columbus.
The Tigers took two of the first three from the Indians and have won four of the six meetings thus far. Hicks batted.423 with a homer and seven RBIs in seven games. He is not off to a very good start in 2017, allowing at least five runs in three of his six starts. His WHIP is at 1.38 after allowing 14 walks. "You have to balance trying to keep going against causing more damage". It kind of magnifies things.
The 85-mph slider capped a seven-pitch battle, which sent the game to the ninth inning with the Tribe in front.
Velander fared much better than his last outing against the Indians. "My own personal opinion, I think they should be careful with him", Indians manager Terry Francona joked. "Now he's at a point where he's got a lot of repetition under him and built up some stamina, so it's a good feeling because he's really doing a good job".
The Rangers and Astros are back at it in Houston after tempers flared in the series opener between AL West rivals Monday night.
Former Indian Victor Martinez started the fifth inning with a bunt single to third. Verlander struck out eight and walked two.
Hours after he was named the NL player of the month for April, Zimmerman recorded multiple hits for a career-high sixth straight game and stretched his hitting streak to 10 games.
"We said all along we wanted to avoid big, long-term injuries, and the 10-day DL certainly helped us here, since it's five-days shorter than before", Ausmus said. He was standing around a lot on a cold night, especially with the win. He said he felt discomfort in his right side while warming up. The Tigers also lost second baseman Ian Kinsler, who was removed in the top of the seventh inning with left hamstring tightness. They'll face the Tigers 13 more times this year.
Alex Avila singled off the left-field fence in the second, moved up on Jim Adduci's groundout and scored on Andrew Romine's double.
An early May chill won't bother Salazar, who is 3-4 with a 4.58 ERA in 12 starts against Detroit.
"That (Detroit) lineup we've seen what they can do, especially when you give them an opening", said Francona.
Iglesias finished the game at shortstop after Romine replaced Cabrera at first base. The Indians wanted him to pitch 30 innings in spring training. Lonnie Chisenhall hit an RBI triple to right to score Jose Ramirez.
The Detroit Tigers didn't wait long to call this one. The Indians will make two trips back to Detroit this season and both teams have to travel tonight.
Miguel Cabrera had one major complaint about his return from the disabled list.
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