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Game 98: Tigers (48-49) at Orioles (47-49)

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Justin Verlander (7-9, 4.15) vs. Brian Burres (7-5, 5.02)

I suppose one of the best things about the day-after-day aspect of baseball is that the schedule provides a chance to move on quickly and put disgusting losses from the previous night behind you. It also allows a team to go from a maddeningly inconsistent pitcher who can't hold a 6-0 lead and regularly gives up more than five runs and eight hits a game to its staff ace that hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in seven straight starts.

Obviously, that could change in the launching pad that has been Camden Yards this weekend. But Justin Verlander has pitched well in Baltimore, allowing just three runs over two career starts (13 1/3 innings).

Another guy who's on quite a streak is Brian Burres, who hasn't taken a loss in his last 11 starts (though there are six no-decisions to factor into that run). He also has given up three runs or less in his last five outings. For the season, Burres has a 4-2 record and 6.02 ERA in nine starts at home. He's also served up 11 home runs, so the fans could get some more souvenirs today.