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Game 34: Red Sox (21-13) at Tigers (14-19)

Tim Wakefield (2-1, 4.03) vs. Nate Robertson (1-3, 6.82)

Okay, so maybe tonight is the night Detroit's new lineup clicks and fires. (By the way, don't mention the word "fire" around Jacque Jones right now. Might be a little sensitive.)

Tim Wakefield faced the Tigers in Boston about a month ago, and held them to one earned run over five innings. However, he also walked five batters that night, and the chances are that Wakefield rack up some more walks tonight with that knuckleball. Any chance the Detroit batters can make him pay for putting men on base, instead of letting him off the hook like they did with Dice-K last night?

Nate Robertson won last week at Yankee Stadium, but doesn't that series now seem so long ago? And he's still giving up a lot of runs. Even in winning last week, Nate coughed up four to the Yankees. He hasn't given up less than four runs in each of his six starts. Tigers hitters aren't the only ones who need to bear down. Robertson needs to give his team a fighting chance.

Tiger Town's favorite third baseman, Brandon Inge, gets the start tonight, as he's hit two home runs off Wakefield in 24 career at-bats (.250/.269/.542). That makes it Carlos Guillen's turn to man the DH spot.

Short Hops:

  • Red Sox Monster has started an online petition, asking the Red Sox to honor Matthew Boudoin, who was killed in a senseless dispute with a drunken fan, at Fenway Park this season.
    While we were waiting to see what lineup changes Jim Leyland was making, Curtis Granderson tells us what that was like from his perspective .
    Did you know tonight was Danny Knobler's last night covering the Tigers for He's off to Print loses another guy to online. Anyway, these Tigers blogs wouldn't have much in the way of updates without the breaking news that beat guys like Knobler and Jason Beck provide, so he gets the BYB slow clap.