Game 8: Tigers (5-2) @ Padres (3-6)

(Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

(Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

After a day off following the Tigers’ dramatic 7-6 extra innings victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Tigers roll into town to take on former teammate Joaquín Benoit and the San Diego Padres. The Padres have struggled early on, winning only three of their first nine games, while the Tigers are enjoying first place in the AL Central.

The Tigers will send Rick Porcello (1-0) to the mound, while San Diego counters with Andrew Cashner (0-1). Only one current Tiger has faced Cashner; Alex Gonzalez is 1-1 against the Padres’ righty (though he’s not in the starting lineup tonight).

Tigers (R. Porcello — R)

Rajai Davis (R) LF
Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
Victor Martinez (S) 1B
Austin Jackson (R) CF
Don Kelly (L) RF
Alex Avila (L) C
Andrew Romine (S) SS
Rick Porcello (R) P

San Diego (A. Cashner — R)

Everth Cabrera (S) SS
Chris Denorfia (R) RF
Seth Smith (L) LF
Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
Chase Headley (S) 3B
Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
Will Venable (L) CF
Rene Rivera (R) C
Andrew Cashner (R) P

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