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Game 63: Tigers at Pirates

Dontrelle Willis (1-3, 6.60) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (5-5, 4.82), 1:35 p.m. EST

After Armando Galarraga and Nate Robertson pitched like batting practice machines last night, the Tigers put their chances for a series win over the Pirates in the left hand of Dontrelle Willis.

Though Willis didn't pitch all that well on Tuesday against the White Sox, allowing three runs, five hits, and five walks in five innings, he showed some impressive determination (or pride and stubbornness) by insisting upon staying in the game after hurting his knee (and clearly limping around on it between pitches). Between that, and the current state of Detroit's starting rotation, Willis has given himself more chances to prove he can provide a meaningful contribution to the Tigers' playoff drive.

And I think everyone's looking forward to seeing the D-Train swing the bat today. In 404 career plate appearances, Willis has a .234/.280/.359 average, and shown some surprising pop with eight home runs, five triples, and 35 RBIs. Swing away, Dontrelle! Swing away.

Pitching for the Pirates, Ross Ohlendorf is winless in his past four starts, giving up four or more runs in three of those games. In his last outing, however, he pitched pretty well, allowing three runs over six innings, but Pittsburgh's bullpen eventually coughed up the game. Ohlendorf faced the Tigers last year while with the Yankees, throwing five strikeouts in 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.

UPDATE: Here are today's starting lineups, clothed in 1909 throwback uniforms:


Detroit Tigers @ Pittsburgh Pirates

06/14/09 1:35 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers Pittsburgh Pirates
Don Kelly - LF Andrew McCutchen - CF
Ramon Santiago - 2B Andy LaRoche - 3B
Josh Anderson - RF Freddy Sanchez - 2B
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Craig Monroe - LF
Curtis Granderson - CF Delwyn Young - RF
Brandon Inge - 3B Eric Hinske - 1B
Gerald Laird - C Robinzon Diaz - C
Adam Everett - SS Jack Wilson - SS
Dontrelle Willis - P Ross Ohlendorf - P