Kyle Davies (4-8, 6.11) vs. Armando Galarraga (6-10, 5.23), 1:05 p.m. EST
Can the Tigers make it a three-for-three weekend against the Royals? And after scoring 10 runs last night, can Detroit continue the run parade against a pitcher against whom they've been very successful recently?
Kyle Davies pitched quite well in his last start, allowing just one run in five innings versus the Minnesota Twins. And perhaps he would've stayed in the game longer if he hadn't been sitting in the dugout for long stretches while the Royals' offense put an eventual 14 runs on the board. In his previous two starts, however, Davies gave up 15 earned runs in just 6.1 innings. That makes the 12 earned runs he's allowed in 11 innings against the Tigers this season look pretty good in comparison.
For Detroit, Armando Galarraga is ready to pitch after missing his last turn with a severe sore throat. Since he didn't pitch on Wednesday, the Tigers pushed him up to cover Rick Porcello's spot while he serves his five-game suspension for daring to throw at Red Sox hitters on Tuesday. Galarraga says he's not yet at full strength after not being able to eat for a couple of days, but is hoping to go five or six innings. Just in case, Jim Leyland has Eddie Bonine and Zach Miner ready to help out.
Galarraga has allowed two earned runs in 13 innings versus the Royals this season.
Carlos Guillen starts at first base, while Miguel Cabrera gets a break in the field, playing DH today. Brandon Inge and Clete Thomas get the day off, in favor of Ryan Raburn and Magglio Ordonez, respectively. Gerald Laird also starts at catcher, giving the Tigers a heavily right-handed lineup against Davies, whose splits against righties this season are actually worse.