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Game 116: Royals at Tigers

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Luke Hochevar (6-5, 5.38) vs. Edwin Jackson (8-5, 2.79), 7:05 p.m. EST

I think Mario Impemba said it best during last night's post-game show on Fox Sports Detroit: There's no pressure on Edwin Jackson. He only has to follow two straight shutouts by his fellow starting pitchers. Hey, it's not impossible. Jackson has shut out the opposition in four of his starts this season.

But Jackson has had a problem getting to the fifth inning in two of his last three outings. Are teams beginning to figure out a game plan for him? Take pitches, foul off what they can't hit, and make Jackson run up a high pitch count that gets him out of there early. However, those two four-inning starts were both on the road. Maybe Jackson's a bit sharper at home? In 10 starts at Comerica Park this season, he's 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA.

Pitching for the Royals, Luke Hochevar is on whatever the opposite of a roll is. He's winless in his past three starts, having given up 15 runs and 25 hits over 18 innings. Hochevar hasn't faced the Tigers yet this year, but he was two different pitchers against them last year. In one start, he allowed no runs and four hits in six innings. In the other, he was rocked for seven runs and eight hits in five innings. Both those games were in Kansas City. In six starts on the road this year, Hochevar is 2-3 with a 7.41 ERA.