Apologies for the late posting of the GameThread. I knew I should've gotten this typed up before stepping out for the afternoon. But maybe I also knew that Big Al so beautifully summed up what's been on my mind for most of the past 24 hours, and I just couldn't add anything to that.
Nothing is worse than an itch you can't scratch. In Tiger Town, that itch is called the Minnesota Twins.
Glen Perkins hasn't allowed more than three runs in his last six starts. The one game where he gave up fewer than three was against the Tigers a couple of weeks ago at the Metrodome when Detroit only scored two runs (and struck out seven times) in 6 1/3 innings. The two times Perkins has faced the Tigers this season, he's given up a combined five runs in 13 1/3 innings.
The Tigers didn't win Armando Galarraga's last start, but he had nothing to do with that. Against Seattle last Saturday, Galarraga only allowed Jeff Clement's solo home run in six innings. It was Galarraga's third straight no-decision, but he hasn't taken a loss in his last eight starts. However, his two losses on the season both came to Minnesota.
Lineup-wise, Edgar Renteria gets another night to rest his sore hamstring. So Ramon Santiago - who's batting .349/.481/.581 in 56 plate appearances - once again gets the nod at shortstop.