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Game 104: Orioles at Tigers

Chris Tillman (0-0, 5.79) vs. Justin Verlander (12-5, 3.16), 7:05 p.m. EST

Following a 2-4 road trip, the Tigers return home for a seven-game homestand. As we know, they've played much better at Comerica Park this season (31-16). With their ace on the mound tonight, can Detroit begin the homestand on a winning track?

With the Tigers needing to salvage a win last week in Texas, Justin Verlander gave them the boost they needed, striking out 13 batters in his seven innings. It wasn't a lockdown night for him, as he gave up four runs (three earned), but Detroit's lineup showed up for him in a big way, putting 13 runs on the board. (The rest of the Tigers' starting rotation weeps with envy.)

Verlander hasn't lost to the Orioles in five career starts, compiling a 4-0 record and 1.85 ERA. However, when he faced them in Baltimore back in May, the O's knocked nine hits off of him, tied for the highest total he's given up this year.

Chris Tillman makes his second start of the season for Baltimore, after getting the call up from Triple-A Norfolk. In 18 starts with the Tides, he posted an 8-6 record and 2.70 ERA, with 99 strikeouts and 22 walks in 96.1 innings. Against the Royals last Wednesday at Camden Yards, Tillman lasted 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. Each of those runs was allowed on a solo home run.

Do the Tigers stand a better chance against the rookie if he's not actually making his debut? That's seemed to work for so many other pitchers against Detroit this season.