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Game 101: Tigers (51-49) at Royals (45-56)

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Armando Galarraga (7-4, 3.41) vs. Zack Greinke (7-6, 3.90)

Winning the first two games of this series so impressively (combined score of 26-5) has certainly been encouraging, wouldn't it be so much better if the Tigers finished off this series with a sweep. I don't want to seem greedy. But the Royals swept the first two series of the season with Detroit. How about returning the favor, and returning home for a big weekend clash with the White Sox flexing some muscles?

I'm not sure how much swagger the Tigers' lineup will have today, however, with last night's game ending late due to a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, today's afternoon start time, and a getaway flight back to Detroit. Do we think the skipper might be resting a few guys? Maybe not as much as he normally would, with tomorrow's off-day, but we'll see about that.

Has Armando Galarraga really gone winless in his previous five starts? Yes, and he's also taken the loss in his last two games. Galarraga didn't pitch very well against Baltimore, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits (including three home runs), but one encouraging thing about the performance is that he didn't walk anyone. And his control had been a concern beforehand. This will be Galarraga's first start against the Royals this season.

Which Zack Greinke will the Tigers see today? The guy who gave up seven runs and 11 hits in his last start? Or the pitcher who allowed just one run and six hits before that? Greinke has been very good in both of his starts against Detroit this season, however. In 13 innings, he's allowed just three runs.