Matt Harrison (4-2, 4.23) vs. Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.29), 7:05 p.m. EST
After ending Texas's seven-game winning streak last night, the Tigers attempt to win their fifth straight game this evening. They'll also try to extend the Rangers' nine-game losing streak at Comerica Park.
One more streak to keep an eye on tonight is whether or not Justin Verlander can strike out 10 or more batters for the fourth straight game. If he reaches that number, he'll be the first Tigers pitcher to do so since 1954. And if he strikes out at least 11 Rangers tonight, he'll become only the fourth major league pitcher to do it in three consecutive games over the last 15 years.
Verlander has been outstanding in his last four games, allowing just three runs and 16 hits in 29.1 innings (along with 44 strikeouts) and the only thing that kept him from winning each one was a meltdown by the bullpen last Thursday. He's also pitched well against the Rangers over his career, compiling a 4-1 record and 2.23 ERA in six starts.
For Texas, Matt Harrison has won his previous four starts, giving up six runs in 30 innings (but just two in his last 23). He's also pitched a complete game in his last two appearances. His first start of this season was in Detroit, where he took the loss while allowing four runs, nine hits, and five walks in 5.2 innings.
Making his major league debut tonight will be Wilkin Ramirez, called up from Toledo to fill in for the absent Magglio Ordonez. He'll get the start at designated hitter.