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Open Thread - Game 77: Rangers (32-45) at Tigers (45-31)

Kevin Millwood (4-6, 7.31) vs. Kenny Rogers (1-0, 0.00), 1:05 p.m. EST

UPDATE: According to's Jason Beck, today's start time is being pushed back to 1:20 p.m. because the umpiring crew was delayed flying out of Atlanta this morning.

[Considering the same pitching match-up was just moved from yesterday to today, I figured I could use most of what I'd already written. I'm not saying it's blogging gold; I just hated to waste it.]

Yesterday's rainout soaked any chance the Tigers had of salvaging a split in this series. But they still have to be chewing on one of the more aggravating losses of the year (you know it's bad when Jim Leyland is terse) from Tuesday night. Detroit's last two games against Texas have surely warmed the heart of Rangers' GM Jon Daniels. The asking price for Akinori Otsuka and Eric Gagne surely goes up with each lead the Detroit bullpen blows.

Yes, Millwood was crushed like a watermelon dropped from a 20-story building the last time he faced the Tigers. But I'm done with pointing out how badly the Texas pitchers fared against the Tigers in Arlington because it clearly doesn't matter - especially if the bullpen keeps hemorrhaging runs in late innings.

But maybe Kenny Rogers' first start of the season at Comerica Park will provide the calming exhale that the team needs right now. He was certainly very therapeutic last Friday in Atlanta. Another stellar effort would allow Detroit's pitching staff to take some deep, cleansing breaths. A day of rest probably helped those relievers nurse their wounds, as well.