Edwin Jackson (7-4, 2.52) vs. Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 4.25), 2:05 p.m. EST
The Tigers have suffered two tough losses at Yankee Stadium this weekend, thanks largely to their underperforming lineup. Can they salvage a win today (and maintain at least a full-game lead over White Sox)?
For the Yankees, Joba Chamberlain is winless in his past three starts, allowing 10 earned runs in 13.2 innings. He's also given up nine hits in each of those games and failed to pitch through the fifth inning in the last two. However, Chamberlain probably pitched his best game of the season against the Tigers at Comerica Park in late April. Pitching seven innings, he gave up just one run and three hits. His six strikeouts also tied his second-highest total for the year.
Edwin Jackson breezed through his appearance in Tuesday's All-Star Game, needing only four pitches to get through a perfect fifth inning. And with five days of rest since then, he should be fully rested for today's start. Before the All-Star break, Jackson broke a four-game winless streak with a victory over the Indians, holding them to one run and four hits over seven innings. A key to the win, however, was the Tigers' lineup scoring more than three runs for him.
The last time Jackson faced the Yankees, he pitched a scoreless six innings, allowing only four hits. (Detroit lost that game, however, due to a disastrous seventh inning from Ryan Perry, Nate Robertson, and Brandon Lyon that led to 10 runs.) But his lineup didn't score any runs for him that night. And given how the Tigers' offense has performed in the first two games of this series, that could be a problem for Jackson again.