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Game 103: Tigers at Indians

Armando Galarraga (5-9, 4.84) vs. Carl Pavano (8-8, 5.66), 1:05 p.m. EST

After getting a crucial win last night that kept them in first place, can the Tigers earn a series win today against the Indians? And can they do it against a pitcher that has looked brilliant against them this season? Oh, and how about doing it without going to extra innings?

Has the clock finally struck midnight on Carl Pavano? In his last two starts, he's allowed 13 runs and 17 hits in 10.2 innings. Pavano has also served up eight - eight! - home runs in those two games. It's kind of difficult to imagine the Tigers' lineup doing that to him, however. Especially with how he's pitched in his two outings against them. Pavano has a 2-0 record and 2.35 ERA versus the Tigers this season. Both of those games were at Comerica Park.

Armando Galarraga is winless in his past four starts (no Christmas in July for him). And he's fallen into sort of a good start/bad start pattern over those four games. Considering he gave up four runs in his last appearance, that would seem to put him in line for a good game today. The last time he faced Cleveland, however, the Tribe touched him up for four runs and nine hits in six innings. On the road this season, Galarraga has a 2-5 record and 5.23 ERA.

Both the Tigers and Indians are in need of long outings from their starting pitchers, after playing 25 innings of baseball over the past two nights. Each team's bullpen is likely pretty tapped out. Jim Leyland said after last night's game that Brandon Lyon still won't be available after pitching three innings on Friday. My guess is Fernando Rodney won't see any action, either. But Zach Miner, Bobby Seay, and Ryan Perry have all pitched the last two nights, as well.