Well, they did it: the Tigers finished off the 3-game home series against the Twins with a sweep, which makes them 5-0 against the Twins this season. Hopefully the home series was good for cash flow–the Tigers appear to be one of 9 MLB teams that have unacceptable debt loads.
The last time the Tigers and White Sox met, the Tigers swept the 3-game series, and held Chicago to a total of 3 runs for the entire series. So, yes, the Tigers are a combined 8-0 vs the Twins and White Sox so far in 2011. Add to that the last 6 games between the teams in 2010 that Detroit won, and Detroit tonight has a chance to win their 10th straight vs the White Sox, something they last accomplished in 1923.
The White Sox come into this game though with a lot of momentum, fresh from a 3-game sweep of the previously hot Red Sox, scoring 24 runs over 3 games. So which White Sox will we see this series, the 3-run version or the 24-run version?
Attempting to make it the former will be Andy Oliver, making his 2nd start in place of Phil Coke. Chicago counters with lefty Mark Buehrle, who struggled in his Apr 22 start vs Detroit, and gave up 6 runs in 5 2/3 innings, including a 2-run HR to Ryan Raburn.
Rain is in the forecast, so stay tuned.
Oh, and the Free Press has officially jinxed Al Alburquerque, comparing him to Joel Zumaya.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Danny Worth
With Brandon Inge on the 15-day DL with mono, Danny has a chance to prove his worth at 3B. (Curiously, the Tigers called up C Omir Santos to take Inge’s spot).
Today’s Everyday Lineup: