MLB Team Report - Detroit Tigers - INSIDE PITCH


CHICAGO -- Right-hander Evan Reed is back with the Tigers after his life and career were placed on hold while he faced a sexual assault accusation.

A Detroit area judge dismissed the case, citing lack of evidence after Reed had been accused of sexually assaulting an unidentified woman at a Detroit casino on March 30.

"(It's) been a very tough year," Reed told the Detroit Free Press.

Reed, 28, was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Friday and on the active roster, but didn't appear in the series opening game with the White Sox.

I have great support from the Tigers, I have great support from my family, my lawyers, everyone in my life was very supportive of me," Reed added. "It just allowed me to concentrate on pitching; take it one pitch at a time."

Reed was 0-1 with a 4.88 ERA in 27 games with Detroit this season.

He also appeared in 17 games with Triple-A Toledo with a 4.24 ERA in 23 1/3 innings. He allowed 26 hits, struck out 26 and walked just five for the Mud Hens.

-----------------------------------------------

MLB Team Report - Detroit Tigers - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 73-60

STREAK: Won two

NEXT: Game 1 -- Tigers (RHP Max Scherzer, 15-4, 3.13 ERA) at White Sox (LHP Chris Sale, 10-3, 203 ERA), 12:10 p.m.; Game 2 -- Tigers (LHP Kyle Ryan, MLB debut) at White Sox (Chris Bassitt, MLB debut)

PLAYER NOTES:

-RHP Justin Verlander improved to 12-11 after allowing a first-inning run. He shut out the White Sox through the rest of his successful seven-inning outing. Verlander won his second straight as he allowed a season-low one run on nine hits, tied a season-high with eight strikeouts and walking two. "Verlander was lights out, he was good today," right fielder Torri Hunter said. "He had the change up working, slider working, everything. His fastball was 95."

--DH Victor Martinez entered Friday's game hitting .326 with 187 hits in 157 all-time games against the White Sox. He's ranks second among active AL hitters against Chicago and has had at least one hit in 20 of his last 22 games against the White Sox.

--RHP Evan Reed was recalled from Triple-A Toledo prior to Friday's game with the White Sox, but didn't make an appearance. Entering the game he had pitched in 27 games with the Tigers this season with a 0-1 record 4.88 ERA. It's his first time back with Detroit since a sexual assault charge against him was dismissed last week.

--LHP Kyle Lobstein's was optioned to Triple-A Toledo following the Tigers' 3-2 Thursday victory over the Yankees. Lobstein turned in a quality start in that game, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with one walk in six innings. He became the first Tigers pitcher to go six-plus innings while allowing one earned run-or-fewer in their first major league start since Jose Alvarez on June 9, 2013, against Cleveland. He's expected to be back with the Tigers on Tuesday when rosters expand.

--RHP Jose Ortega was designated for assignment on Friday. He was 0-1 in one appearance for the Tigers with an ERA of 27.00 after giving up four earned runs on four hits while walking four and striking out one in 1 1/3 innings on April 26. He had pitched 42 more games with Triple-A Toledo with a 2-2 record and 3.70 ERA.