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Game 85: Indians at Tigers

Cliff Lee (4-8, 3.45) vs. Edwin Jackson (6-4, 2.59), 7:05 p.m. EST

After taking two out of three from the AL Central's fourth-place team, the Tigers try to end the unofficial first half of the season with a strong showing against the fifth-place Indians.

Cliff Lee hasn't won in his past four starts for the Tribe. His last two, in particular, didn't look so good, as Lee allowed 10 runs, 19 hits, and five walks in nine total innings. Lee has lost both of his starts against the Tigers this season, but he's given up only four runs in 15 innings. In nine career starts at Comerica Park, he has a 3-2 record and 3.42 ERA.

Since his last start on Saturday, Edwin Jackson was named to the All-Star team for the first time. Inexplicably, he's winless in his past five starts despite giving up three or fewer runs in each of those outings. Actually, it's not hard to understand at all, considering the poor run support Jackson continues to receive from his lineup. Despite striking out a season-high nine batters in six innings against the Twins, he took a no-decision when the bullpen couldn't hold a one-run lead (nor could the Tigers' offense provide an insurance run).

Jackson has faced the Indians one other time this season, shutting them out over seven innings in a 4-0 win at Cleveland. At home this season, he has a 3-1 record and 2.94 ERA in seven starts.

Let's Go Tribe has your SB Nation opposing view for this weekend's series.