oday:MAX MATCHUPNationals ace Max Scherzer (15-5 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , 2.28 ERA) will try to become the first 16-game winner in the majors when he starts the Sunday night game at Wrigley Field. Owner of three Cy Young Awards, he also leads the majors in strikeouts this year with 216 in 161 2/3 innings. Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs — he’s allowed just one earned run in 11 innings during the first two starts since being acquired from Texas.SALE SETRed Sox ace Chris Sale returns from a two-week stint on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. Manager Alex Cora said the lefty could throw 100 pitches if he’s not too rusty. Sale (11-4) leads the AL with a 2.04 ERA and will try to pitch Boston to a four-game sweep of the Orioles at Camden Yards.WELCOME BACKMets third baseman David Wright is set to play in a minor league game, more than two years since the oft-injured team captain last appeared in the majors. The 35-year-old Wright has been beset by back, neck and shoulder trouble. He’s scheduled to start a rehab assignment by playing five innings in the field for Class A St. Lucie. His last game in the bigs was May 27, 2016 — he had a brief stint in the minors last August before being shut down.WAITINGThe Rockies will see how third baseman Nolan Arenado is feeling, a day after he was out of the starting lineup at Coors Field against the Dodgers. The All-Star third baseman left Friday night’s game with a strained right shoulder. Arenado is hitting .307 with 29 home runs and 82 RBIs, and Colorado is hoping he can avoid a trip to the disabled list.MISS HIMThe AL Central-leading Indians have put slugger Edwin Encarnacion on the DL because of swelling in his left biceps. The cleanup man has struggled since being hit on the right hand by Yankees reliever Chad Green before the All-Star break.SWEET SWINGBlue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has hit four home runs in the last four games for Triple-A Buffalo. The 19-year-old son of a Hall of Famer is batting a combined .406 with 18 home runs at four levels of the minor leagues. The Bisons host the Toledo Mud Hens to wrap up the weekend. The Tigers’ future will be on display as Spencer Turnbull makes an earlier-than-expected season debut."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers PreviewsTigers vs. Blue Jays Preview: The search for offense continues in season-opening seriesNew,10commentsThe Tigers’ future will be on display as Spencer Turnbull makes an earlier-than-expected season debut.EDTShareTweetShareShareTigers vs. Blue Jays Preview: The search for offense continues in season-opening seriesKim Klement-USA TODAY SportsWe are two games into the 2019 season, and the Tigers have yet to score a run in a regular nine-inning game. Christin Stewart’s game-winning jack on Thursday is all of the offense they have mustered so far. Nicholas Castellanos has half of the team’s six hits on the year. Luckily, this has been enough for the Tigers to come away with a split in the first two games of the year.This won’t continue going forward, obviously. The Tigers will start to score more runs, especially as the middle of their lineup wakes up. After Castellanos Derek Holland Jersey , the Tigers’ No. 3-5 hitters are a combined 2-for-21 with two walks. Jeimer Candelario quietly finished Friday’s game with a golden sombrero, and has struck out five times in his eight plate appearances this season. Miguel Cabrera walked on Friday, but otherwise has not looked sharp after a strong spring.So why are we so concerned about this after just two games? Selfish reasons, naturally. Spencer Turnbull will make his season debut on Saturday, marking another small step towards the next era of Tigers baseball. He looked solid at times in his brief September call-up last year, with 15 strikeouts in 16 ? innings, and he made his case for a rotation spot with an excellent spring.There’s no telling whether Turnbull really would have made the rotation if Michael Fulmer stayed healthy. Manager Ron Gardenhire says he considered a six-man unit, but he likes jokes sometimes. Either way, Fulmer’s injury has created an opportunity for someone to step up, and Turnbull is the first candidate. Here’s hoping he shows us more of this in 2019.Detroit Tigers (1-1) at Toronto Blue Jays (1-1)Time/Place: 3:07 p.m., Rogers CentreSB Nation site: Bluebird BanterMedia: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , Tigers Radio NetworkPitching Matchup: RHP Spencer Turnbull (0-2, 6.06 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Sanchez (4-6, 4.89 ERA)Game 3 Pitching MatchupPitcherIPK%BB%FIPfWARPitcherIPK%BB%FIPfWARMichael Fulmer isn’t the only young starter who has seen his career derailed by injuries recently. Aaron Sanchez, who beat out Fulmer* for the ERA title in 2016, has only been healthy enough to throw 141 innings at the major league level over the past two seasons. Sanchez’s issues have been almost entirely due to finger injuries, including blisters that have plagued him for a few years now. He appears healthy now after 17 2鈦? drama-free innings this spring, but it remains to be seen if he can handle a full starter’s workload again.Assuming no issues pop up on Saturday, Sanchez could prove to be a real problem for the Tigers offense. His two-seam fastball sat in the 94-95 mile-per-hour range last season, and reports from Jays camp in Dunedin were consistent with that velocity. He also likes to mix in a slow curveball that spins like crazy, yet barely scrapes 80 mph on the radar gun. In between is a mid-80s changeup that Sanchez threw a lot more often last year, especially when he got ahead against right-handed hitters. He still has yet to figure out lefties — they hit .288/.407/.470 against him last year — but righties haven’t had much of a chance over the course of his career.*Fulmer didn’t log enough innings to qualify, but Sanchez had a lower ERA nonetheless.Key matchup: Tigers hitters vs. strikeoutsEarlier this year http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , we downplayed the idea that the Tigers’ biggest problem offensively was their propensity for striking out a lot. While the claims in that article still ring true, strikeouts have been an issue so far in 2019. Tigers hitters have struck out 24 times in their first two games, the third-highest total for any team that has only played two games. In fact, they are just three strikeouts shy of the Oakland Athletics, who already have four regular season games under their belt.We already mentioned Candelario’s whiff issues, but Mikie Mahtook, Grayson Greiner, and even Game 1 hero Christin Stewart are all sporting early strikeout rates north of 40 percent. Sanchez isn’t much of a strikeout artist, but he has the stuff to generate swings and misses, especially against right-handed hitters. How the Tigers adapt to their early contact issues — they have the second-lowest contact rate in baseball right now, and the other team had to face Jacob deGrom — could help determine where this game goes.PredictionThe Tigers offense wakes up and Turnbull earns his first major league win.