Kenny Rogers (8-7, 4.62) vs. Andy Sonnanstine (10-6, 4.65)
If you didn't already know or remember, tonight's game starts at 6:10 p.m., but the telecast won't begin until 7:06 p.m. (joining the game in-progress) because of the exclusive blackout window given to FOX for its Saturday Game of the Week. FSN Detroit will re-air the game in its entirety following the conclusion of the original broadcast.
After beginning their last series against Cleveland with a paltry offensive output, the Tigers' lineup exploded for 26 runs in the next three games. Are the Detroit bats due for a similar resurgence against Tampa in the remainder of this series?
Such a rally might not come against Andy Sonnanstine, who's pitched very well recently. In his last 10 starts, he's allowed more than three earned runs only once. Sonnanstine also hasn't walked more than two batters in any of his starts this season, so the Tigers aren't going to see anything close to the generosity they received from Scott Kazmir last night. (Not that they did anything with all those baserunners, anyway.)
Kenny Rogers has taken over Nate Robertson's pattern of alternating good starts with bad starts. (Robertson is in a whole new routine, in which three of every four starts is horrible.) Last time out, Rogers wasn't very good versus the Indians, so he might swing back around for a good performance tonight. On the road this season, Rogers is 5-5 with a 4.83 ERA in 13 starts.