Scott Richmond (6-9, 4.76) vs. Edwin Jackson (12-6, 3.10), 7:05 p.m. EST
After failing to defeat the likes of Bruce Chen, Robinson Tejeda, Lenny DiNardo, and Bruce Tallet, will the Detroit Tigers add Scott Richmond to a veritable starting rotation of no-name pitching buzzkill that has seriously harshed the pennant race mellow we had going in Tiger Town?
Richmond is 0-5 in his past seven starts for the Blue Jays. And in each of his last three games, he's allowed at least five runs. On the road this season, Richmond has a 3-4 record and 4.94 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts). So the Tigers are probably going to make him look great, right? On the plus-side, Richmond is right-handed, and Detroit seems to be having a little more success against righties.
Last Sunday, it looked like Edwin Jackson was going to take another tough loss. He gave up only three runs in eight innings, but the Tigers couldn't do anything against rookie Wade Davis. They rallied against the Rays' bullpen, however, capped off by Brandon Inge's grand slam. Jackson was brilliant when he faced the Jays in his first start of the season, allowing only one run and two hits over 7.1 innings. (Let's not talk about what the Tigers' bullpen did from there.)
Curtis Granderson is back in the leadoff spot against a right-hander. That also means Carlos Guillen plays in left field, Aubrey Huff is the DH, and Alex Avila starts at catcher.