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Game 154: Tigers at White Sox

Nate Robertson (2-2, 5.13) vs. Freddy Garcia (2-3, 4.01), 7:05 p.m. EST

Only two games separate the Tigers and Twins in the AL Central, after Detroit had no answer for Jake Peavy last night. Meanwhile, Minnesota managed to score some runs on Robinson Tejada, which neither the Tigers, White Sox, nor Angels had been able to do.

Freddy Garcia may have lost his last start, but he's given up three runs or fewer in six straight games. And in three of those starts, he's allowed two runs or fewer. What we're trying to say is that the man is pitching well. Though he's been away from the White Sox for the past two seasons (including three starts with the Tigers last year), Garcia has a 15-5 record and 3.63 ERA versus Detroit over his career.

The Tigers really needed a win last Sunday against the Twins, and Nate Robertson made sure they got it. Robertson allowed two runs over five innings, with six strikeouts, allowing Detroit to leave Minneapolis with a three-game lead in the division. He was originally scheduled to start last night, but an off-day on Monday and a well-rested Eddie Bonine allowed the Tigers to give Robertson an extra day to recuperate. His career record against the White Sox is 6-6 with a 5.09 ERA. At U.S. Cellular Field, he's 2-2 with a 5.29 ERA in eight starts.

Detroit's lineup is virtually the same as last night, except for Gerald Laird at catcher and Adam Everett at shortstop.