Edwin Jackson (11-6, 3.09) vs. Wade Davis (0-0, -.--), 1:38 p.m. EST
The Tigers clinched a series win after last night's thrilling 8-6 victory over the Rays. (Who's this team that's playing well on the road?) Can they possibly finish off a sweep this afternoon in Tampa?
Wade Davis makes his major league debut for the Rays, freshly called up from Triple-A Durham. In 28 starts for the Bulls, he compiled a 10-8 record and 3.40 ERA in 28 starts. He threw 140 strikeouts versus 60 walks in 158.2 innings. The MLB.com scouting report on him says he throws up to 96 m.p.h. with his fastball, which he mixes in with a curve. A change-up and cut fastball are also part of Davis's repertoire.
Edwin Jackson might be strugg-a-ling. In his last two starts, he's given up eight runs in 11.1 innings. Jim Leyland was concerned about Jackson possibly getting tired out late in the season (or losing focus with a big lead in that last start). Jackson, however, insists he's feeling strong. This is the first time he'll face his former team since the Rays traded him to the Tigers back in November. (Jackson received his AL championship ring from the Rays last night.)
Lineup-wise, Placido Polanco gets the day off. Otherwise, it's pretty much the regular batting order in there. Magglio Ordonez gets the start in right field, Aubrey Huff is the DH, and Gerald Laird is today's catcher.