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Game 69: Brewers at Tigers

Yovani Gallardo (7-3, 2.93) vs. Justin Verlander (7-3, 3.39), 1:05 p.m. EST

Do the Detroit Tigers dare think about getting out the brooms this afternoon at Comerica Park? And will they keep swinging the sizzling bats that have put 19 runs on the board in the past two games?

Continuing the run parade might not be so easy against Yovani Gallardo, however. He's allowed two or fewer runs in his last five starts, with 35 strikeouts in 31.1 innings. But Gallardo has also issued 20 walks in that span, so if the Tigers are patient at the plate today, he might help them out a bit. In seven starts on the road this season, Gallardo is 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA.

The Tigers might also be grateful for the designated hitter rule today, as it'll keep Gallardo from batting. He has two home runs this year.

Justin Verlander is coming off his shortest start since Opening Day, pitching just four innings while giving up five runs and eight hits. He ended up with a loss for the first time in his last 11 games. Do we blame that on the St. Louis heat? Maybe more pleasant temperatures in Detroit will help his stamina and velocity today. Verlander has been dominant at home this year, posting a 3-0 record and 0.89 ERA in five starts.

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there. Hopefully, you can enjoy some baseball while your family brings you the finest meats, cheeses, fruits, and beverages on your day.