Armando Galarraga (3-4, 5.74) vs. David Hernandez (0-0, -.--), 7:05 p.m. EST
To steal a line from Kurt, tonight's original pitcher for the Orioles - Koji Uehara - sounded like a character who might be found on the Starship Enterprise, rather than the Baltimore starting rotation. Alas, Uehara was beamed aboard the 15-day disabled list, due to a strained hamstring, pitting the Tigers against a rookie strikeout machine.
David Hernandez has thrown 60 strikeouts (versus 13 walks) in 43.1 innings for Triple-A Norfolk this season. (In his last start, he struck out 14 batters.) His record was 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA in eight starts. Those strikeout numbers probably aren't a fluke, as he led the Eastern League in that category last year. (Here's more from Scout.com, if you're interested.)
We keep saying that Armando Galarraga is running out of chances to hold onto his spot in the Tigers' starting rotation. But there's still some room on his leash, as long as Jeremy Bonderman still needs work on his Triple-A rehab assignment. Galarraga was arguably better in his last outing, allowing fewer than five runs for the first time in five games and showing better control. But he's still giving up quite a few hits, as he tries to rediscover that slider.
Camden Chat has your SB Nation opposing view for this four-game series.
UPDATE: Curtis Granderson bats fifth once again. And despite his 4-for-5 game yesterday, Josh Anderson isn't batting leadoff. Actually, he's not even in the lineup, as Clete Thomas gets the nod. Here are your starters:
05/28/09 7:05 PM EDT
|Detroit Tigers||Baltimore Orioles|
|Clete Thomas - LF||Brian Roberts - 2B|
|Placido Polanco - 2B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Magglio Ordonez - RF||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Miguel Cabrera - 1B||Aubrey Huff - 1B|
|Curtis Granderson - CF||Melvin Mora - 3B|
|Brandon Inge - 3B||Luke Scott - DH|
|Jeff Larish - DH||Nolan Reimold - LF|
|Gerald Laird - C||Gregg Zaun - C|
|Ramon Santiago - SS||Cesar Izturis - SS|