Game 75: Tigers (36-38) @ Rangers (46-29), 8:05 p.m.

The Tigers are looking to take an improbable two of three in Texas with Doug Fister on the mound against Roy Oswalt and the Rangers.

Lineups after the jump.

Tigers (D. Fister – R)

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Quintin Berry (L) LF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Alex Avila (L) C
7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
8. Brennan Boesch (L) RF
9. Ryan Raburn (R) 2B

Rangers (R. Oswalt – R)

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Josh Hamilton (L) DH
4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
5. Michael Young (R) 1B
6. Nelson Cruz (R) RF
7. David Murphy (L) LF
8. Mike Napoli (R) C
9. Leonys Martin (L) CF

Despite not having pitched in a Major League game for roughly 8 months, Oswalt was sharp in his return last Friday against the Colorado Rockies. He allowed one run in 6+ innings, showing the same mix of pitches that has made him one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past decade. He also showed a Verlander-esque mix of pitch speeds, ranging from a mid-60s (!) curveball to his low 90s fastball. Oswalt has never faced the Tigers in 12+ big league seasons.

Fister wasn’t particularly solid in his last start, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) to the Pittsburgh Pirates — who are still playing over their heads, by the way — but the offense yet again left him out to try in a 4-1 loss. Still, Fister threw 91 pitches and struck out 7 in 6 innings and didn’t suffer any ill effects afterward. I would expect that Leyland takes away the training wheels tonight. Hopefully Fister rewards him with a strong effort.

  • http://twitter.com/SkitchP Skitch Patterson

    My Daughter is rambling on about “Bees in a trap”

  • http://twitter.com/SkitchP Skitch Patterson

    The comment system of this website has had more incarnations than the Tigers have had Second Basemen

  • http://twitter.com/SkitchP Skitch Patterson

    Guys, this game is for the….. birds.

  • http://twitter.com/SkitchP Skitch Patterson

    Josh Hamilton will, in all likelihood, kill again.

  • http://twitter.com/SkitchP Skitch Patterson

    I’m starting to feel like a loser in here.

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