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Game 140: Blue Jays at Tigers

Brian Tallet (6-9, 5.31) vs. Nate Robertson (1-1, 5.40), 7:05 p.m. EST

Earlier this afternoon, I felt a twinge of nostalgia. Remember when a September series between the Tigers and Blue Jays really would've meant something? Of course, these four games are still important for Detroit if they'd like to win the AL Central.

Brian Tallet (along with his mustache) makes his third start since being put back in the Jays' starting rotation due to injuries. (Probably best not to sneer at a spot starter, with the Tigers losing three games to the Royals in which they used a fill-in starter.) In his last two outings, Tallet gave up nine runs and 14 hits in 10 innings. He also posted nine strikeouts vs. seven walks. Tallet has faced the Tigers twice this season, both times in relief. In two innings, he allowed no runs or hits.

How will Nate Robertson react to being officially moved into the Tigers' starting rotation? Yes, he's started twice since being activated from the disabled list (along with making one short relief appearance on Tuesday). But Robertson was fighting to get his old job back. Now that he has it, will he be the same pitcher who gave up just one run in 10 innings? Robertson pitched twice against Toronto earlier this season, giving up one run in 1.2 innings of relief.

Curtis Granderson is in the lineup tonight against the left-handed Tallet, but he'll be batting seventh. Ryan Raburn leads off and will be in left field.

Bluebird Banter has your SB Nation opposing view for this four-game wraparound series.