Kevin Millwood (4-3, 2.93) vs. Edwin Jackson (3-2, 2.42), 1:05 p.m. EST
It's a getaway matinee this afternoon in Detroit, and you have to think the Texas Rangers would like to get away from Comerica Park, where they have now lost 10 straight games. But if the Rangers are going to end this streak, today's starting pitcher might be just the guy to do it.
The last time Kevin Millwood pitched in Detroit, back in mid-April, he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits with six strikeouts. In four career starts at Comerica Park, he has a 2-1 record and 2.33 ERA. And in 12 appearances against the Tigers, his ERA is 3.56. It should be pointed out, however, that the Tigers eventually won that game in April, thanks to C.J. Wilson. Part of that 10-game winning streak.
In his last two starts, Edwin Jackson has allowed one run in 14 innings, with 13 strikeouts and one walk. And last Friday, not even a 75-minute rain delay could stop him. I thought Jim Leyland was crazy for bringing Jackson back in after sitting down that long (though he threw in the tunnel during the delay), but he may actually have pitched better following the delay than before it.
Jackson faced the Rangers in April, pitching against Millwood in that 6-4 victory, and one of his worst performances of the season. In six innings, he gave up four runs, five hits (two of which were home runs), and three walks. He escaped with a no-decision, however, thanks to the Tigers' comeback.
One roster note: Nate Robertson was activated from the disabled list after last night's game. (Remember, the DL move last week was retroactive to May 6.) Luke French was sent back down to Toledo to clear a roster spot.