Alfredo Figaro (1-0, 3.60) vs. Felipe Paulino (1-4, 6.18), 7:05 p.m. EST
Last night's loss ended the Tigers' seven-game winning streak. Can they hop back on the win train tonight? Or is this the beginning of a different kind of streak?
For the Astros, Felipe Paulino is making his first start after recovering from a strained groin that put him on the 15-day DL. He's winless in all eight of his starts this season, with his other three appearances coming in relief.
Alfredo Figaro makes his second start for the Tigers since being called up from
Triple-A Toledo Double-A Erie. He's pitching tonight after switching places with Justin Verlander in the rotation to space out the starting rotation more evenly between veterans and rookies.
In his first start, last Saturday against the Brewers, Figaro allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings, adding seven strikeouts. Leaving the ball up in the strike zone got him into a little bit of trouble at Comerica Park. If he does the same tonight, Minute Maid Park's smaller dimensions could punish him.
Magglio Ordonez is out of the lineup tonight, with Don Kelly taking over for him in right field and batting fifth. Ramon Santiago gets the start at shortstop.