The Tigers shelled Indians ace Corey Kluber in the first game of a four-game slate at Progressive Field, so for Game 2, the Indians will send their ace-of-the-moment to the hill.
In his four starts since returning to the rotation on Aug. 10, right-hander Carlos Carrasco has three wins and a 0.73 ERA. He's provided the shot in the arm the Indians' staff has needed and will be called upon again on Tuesday as the Tribe takes aim at the Tigers, who loom four games ahead for the second American League Wild Card spot and in the AL Central.
"You grind through so many ups and downs to get to this point where it is meaningful," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "I'll tell you, players get a lot more tired when they're 30 games out. ... Our dugout [on Sunday night] when Lonnie [Chisenhall hit a two-run double in the 10th], they looked like high school kids. So that helps."
September means expanded rosters, so for Detroit, that grants left-hander Kyle Lobstein his second chance to start in the big leagues. The 25-year-old will try to build on his first Major League start on Thursday, during which he allowed two runs (one earned) over six innings against the Yankees.
If he pitches well, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Lobstein will likely remain in the rotation and lefty Kyle Ryan will be placed in the bullpen upon his scheduled Tuesday recall from Triple-A Toledo.
Tigers: Waiting for Anibal to be completely pain-free
The Tigers continue to be very cautious with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 9 with a major strain of his right pectoralis.
Ausmus reported Monday that Sanchez is feeling better, but there is no timetable for the veteran starter to resume throwing.
"It's good that he felt better today, but until he's completely pain-free, we won't do anything with him," Ausmus said.
Sanchez posted an 8-5 record with a 3.46 ERA in 21 starts prior to his injury.
Indians: Giambi activated as part of Indians' roster moves
The Indians made a series of expected roster moves Monday, as the roster expanded to 40 players. Those moves included activating 20-year Major League veteran Jason Giambi from the 60-day disabled list, where he landed with a sore left knee.
Francona was pleased to have Giambi available again.
"He stuck his head in today, he had a little bounce in his step," Francona said of Giambi. "I think it means a lot to G. I think this has been hard on G this year. He never once uttered a frustrating word to anybody, but I don't think for one minute that this has been easy for him. I respect him more now than I used to, which is hard."
Giambi struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning on Monday.
• The Tigers' Victor Martinez has reached base safely in 20 consecutive games, which ranks as the longest active streak in the AL.
• Cleveland's 2.39 team ERA in August was the lowest figure in Majors for the month. That included a 2.57 ERA by the starting rotation and a 2.07 ERA by the bullpen, both of which were the lowest in the Majors.
Erik Bacharach is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.