It's Miguel Cabrera Bobblehead Night at Comerica Park, as the Tigers try once again to match up with perhaps the best team in the American League. Perhaps Cabrera will take inspiration from being immortalized in toy-sized plastic and smack a home run for the fourth straight game tonight.
Jon Garland has allowed five runs in consecutive starts, covering 12 1/3 innings. But in his last outing, most of that damage occurred in the first inning, as Garland eventually settled down and held the Rangers to just one run over his remaining seven innings. (And yes, the Angels came back to win that one.) Earlier this season, he held the Tigers to four hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Garland's career record against Detroit is 13-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 25 starts.
Zach Miner, meanwhile, gets a chance to show he can dominate a team other than the Kansas City Royals. Actually, with one lone exception against the Orioles, he's been very good in eight games as a starting pitcher. As a reliever earlier in the year, Miner allowed only one hit to the Angels in 3 1/3 innings of relief (over two appearances).