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Open Thread - Game 144: Blue Jays (74-66) vs. Tigers (77-65)

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Roy Halladay (14-7, 3.94) vs. Kenny Rogers (3-2, 4.78), 7:05 p.m. EST

The Blue Jays stop into Detroit for a one-night stand to make up for the third game of the season that was rained out. (Doesn't that now seem so long ago? We were so young, fresh, and optimistic in early April, much like the spring itself.) The Tigers aren't going to catch any breaks, however, as Toronto sends its ace to the mound for the start.

However, Halladay has been kind of shaky in his past two starts. Last time out against Boston, he gave up five runs and nine hits in eight innings. And before that, he surrendered four runs and six walks in eight innings vs. the A's. One thing you can likely count on from Halladay is that he'll be in there for almost the entire game. He's pitched at least eight innings in his last five appearances. In two starts against the Tigers this season, Halladay has a 1-0 record with a 1.69 ERA, allowing just three runs in 16 innings.

Kenny Rogers pitched about as well as could be expected last week against the White Sox. He gave up just one run and two hits over five innings, looking like he might be ready to provide the veteran boost he gave the team last season. Rogers' return might have come too late to salvage the 2007 playoff run, but while the Tigers are still technically alive, they need some good innings from him. Pitching well might also go a long way toward determining whether or not Rogers is back in Detroit next season.