PREGAME: The Tigers look to extend their 4 game winning streak tonight in Tampa. Did you know that the Tigers haven’t had even a 4 game winning streak since June when they swept Milwaukee and the Cubs in back to back series (and added a win against the Cardinals to make it a 7 game streak. And they hadn’t won 4 games in a row against AL teams since they swept the A’s and Rangers back to back in May.
James Shields, who has allowed a league leading 203 hits, takes the mound for the Rays. The Tigers picked up 10 hits off of Shields in 7 innings in Detroit last time (including 2 homers) but only plated 4 earned runs.
Armando Galarraga returns from his Toledo sabbatical without getting that rehab start the Tigers were hoping he’d get.