Felix Hernandez (10-3, 2.51) vs. Armando Galarraga (5-8, 5.09), 7:05 p.m. EST
Any chance for another slugfest at the CoPa tonight?
Felix Hernandez might have something to say about that. King Felix hasn't lost in his past 10 starts, giving up more than two earned runs in only one of those games. (In seven of those outings, he's allowed one run or less.) On the road this season, he has a 6-1 record and 1.97 ERA in 11 starts. Earlier this season, Hernandez faced the Tigers in Seattle, allowing three runs and seven hits over six innings, adding six strikeouts.
Armando Galarraga seemed to be making some progress in his past two or three starts. That is, until his last game before the All-Star break, during which he gave up four runs and nine hits to the Indians in six innings. In 10 starts at home this season, Galarraga has a 3-4 record and 4.97 ERA. He faced the Mariners once last season at Safeco Field, allowing one run and five hits over six innings.
Brandon Inge is out of the lineup tonight, resting a left knee with a "75% torn" tendon in it. Inge doesn't plan on going to the DL, however, unless he'd be able to fully heal in 15 days. Barring that, he's going to tough it out and plans to be in the lineup tomorrow afternoon. Ryan Raburn fills in tonight at third base.
And are you ready for a lineup with Clete Thomas batting cleanup? That's what we're getting tonight, Tiger Town.