Edwin Jackson (12-7, 3.37) vs. Aaron Laffey (7-6, 4.09), 7:05 p.m. EST
After salvaging a game in Minnesota, the Tigers' road trip continues in Cleveland. Their lead in the AL Central is 2.5 games after the Twins pounded the White Sox last night, but perhaps Detroit can create some space against an Indians team that's struggling. The Tribe went 0-for-7 on their latest road trip, and have lost 12 of 13.
Aaron Laffey has lost his last three starts, and is on a five-game winless streak. In his past two games, he's allowed 14 runs (12 earned) and 24 hits in 9.1 innings. Last time he faced the Tigers, Laffey gave up four runs (two earned) and four walks in 6.1 innings at Detroit. However, he's been good at home, compiling a 4-1 record and 2.93 ERA in seven starts.
In his previous two starts, Edwin Jackson has given up a combined 10 runs. But the Tigers think they may have figured out the root cause of his recent troubles. Jackson may have been tipping off his slider, but he and Rick Knapp have apparently worked that out of his delivery.
We'll see if it pays off against the Indians, who knocked him around for four runs and seven hits the last time he faced them. Given how many pitches they took, Cleveland may well have picked up what the Tigers finally noticed.
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