The Tigers typically score with Lester pitching

Bobby Valentine calls for relief of Jon Lester in a game on August 24, 2012 - Jim Rogash

Jon Lester has six starts against Detroit in four years, but only two quality starts

Jon Lester is no stranger to the Tigers' hitters. He has made six starts against Detroit in the past four seasons. The results have been two wins, two losses, and two no decisions.

2013:

September 3, in Boston, 7 innings, 1 run, 8 hits, 9 strikeouts, 0 walks

June 21, in Detroit, 5 and 2/3 innings, 5 runs, 9 hits, 3 strikeouts, 3 walks, Dirks and Cabrera home runs

2012:

May 30, in Boston, 6 and 2/3 innings, 4 runs, 10 hits, 7 strikeouts, 0 walks

April 5, in Detroit, 7 innings, 1 run, 6 hits, 4 strikeouts, 3 walks

2011: no starts

2010:

July 30, in Boston, 6 innings, 4 runs, 11 hits, 7 strikeouts, 2 walks, Jhonny Peralta 2 home runs

May 15, in Detroit, 7 innings, 4 runs, 4 hits, 10 strikeouts, 4 walks, no decision

2009: no starts

The Tigers scored at least four runs in four of the six matchups. Lester's only really dominating performance came a month ago. Jim Leyland believes in small sample size results when evaluating a batter versus a pitcher, so expect to see Jhonny Peralta in the lineup.

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