Justin Verlander (12-6, 3.45) vs. Clay Buchholz (1-2, 5.33), 1:35 p.m. EST
We can't make too much of one game, but I think we might learn something about the Tigers today. Will they just want to get out of Boston and go home, after a tough series in which they arguably could've won two of the three games that have been played thus far? Or will they try and salvage a win, demonstrating they're a better team than what they've shown over these past three games?
For the Red Sox, Clay Buchholz is winless in his past four starts, but pitched a strong game last time out. He held the Yankees to two runs and six hits over six innings, though he did also issue five walks. Buchholz faced the Tigers once last year, giving up five runs and 10 hits in four innings at Comerica Park. Today will be just his second start at home since being called back up from Triple-A.
Justin Verlander looks like just the guy to steer this thing back in the right direction for the Tigers. But he's given up five runs in each of his last two starts, which raises the question of whether he's beginning to feel some fatigue. A big problem has been the first inning, during which he's given up seven runs in those past two appearances. This will be the first time Verlander has faced the Red Sox this season. In three career outings vs. Boston, he's 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA. He's split his two starts at Fenway Park.
MIguel Cabrera is back in the lineup today, after sitting out last night to nurse that bruised hand. Brandon Inge will get the day off, giving Ryan Raburn the start at third base.