Edwin Jackson (1-0, 2.14) vs. Matt Palmer (0-0, -.--), 10:05 p.m. EST
One more dance remains with the Tigers in Pacific Standard Time (until they travel out to Oakland at the end of June) before we can return to watching baseball at a more normal hour tomorrow.
Edwin Jackson comes off his first win of the season after shutting out the Mariners through eight flu-plagued innings last Saturday. Right now, he looks like far more of an ace for the Tigers than Justin Verlander has. Detroit could probably use another longer outing from Jackson after having to use four relievers last night, but Eddie Bonine and Nate Robertson haven't gotten much work lately, so maybe we could see them tonight. (On the other hand, if we see either of those two, will the game be going well for the Tigers?)
In seven career appearances against the Angels, Jackson has a 1-2 record and 5.73 ERA. All four of his starts versus LAAnaheim have been at Angel Stadium.
Matt Palmer arrives from Triple-A to take over for Darren Oliver, who last pitched this turn in the Angels' rotation. Unfortunately, Oliver may have been stretched out a bit too far in four innings and 62 pitches (he never pitched more than 2.2 innings last year), and ended up with a sore arm. But instead of going back to the bullpen, Oliver is actually headed to the 15-day DL. In two minor league starts this season, Palmer went 1-1 with an 11.74 ERA. (He was 0-2 in three major league starts for the Giants last year.)