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Game 36: Athletics at Tigers

Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.69) vs. Armando Galarraga (3-3, 4.61), 1:05 p.m. EST

Armando Galarraga has benefited from some generous run support during his time with the Detroit Tigers. He could make a case that his lineup hasn't helped him out much in four of his last five starts (giving him two runs a game), but Galarraga hasn't been very good during a three-game losing streak. In each appearance, he's allowed five runs or more (compiling an 8.64 ERA altogether), and perhaps most concerning are his walk totals. Nine walks in 16.2 innings isn't the same formula Galarraga found success with last year.

If The Little Cat can't get any runs today, however, after the Tigers have scored 23 runs in two games against Oakland's pitching staff, he might begin to question how much his luck has changed.

Trevor Cahill has won two of his last three starts, giving up just four runs in 19 innings. He might be the A's version of Rick Porcello, a 21-year-old rookie throwing a heavy sinker that results in a lot of groundball outs. (Porcello, however, has been striking out more batters lately.)

Josh Anderson returns to the lineup for the Tigers, playing left field and batting second today. And Brandon Inge gets a day off, with Jeff Larish starting at third base.

Here are your starting lineups:


Oakland Athletics @ Detroit Tigers

05/17/09 1:05 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics Detroit Tigers
Orlando Cabrera - SS Curtis Granderson - CF
Adam Kennedy - 2B Josh Anderson - LF
Jack Cust - RF Clete Thomas - RF
Matt Holliday - LF Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Jason Giambi - DH Magglio Ordonez - DH
Ryan Sweeney - CF Jeff Larish - 3B
Bobby Crosby - 1B Gerald Laird - C
Landon Powell - C Ramon Santiago - 2B
Jack Hannahan - 3B Adam Everett - SS