Tigers not resting on latest victory
Detroit (17-26) at Arizona (27-16), Sunday, 4:10 p.m. ET
PHOENIX -- It's a safe assumption that the Tigers will have their socks up on Sunday. Manager Jim Leyland is more concerned about where their bats will be against Randy Johnson.After a pregame suggestion from Edgar Renteria had the Tigers taking the field Saturday with their socks showing, Detroit had a well-executed game to end its five-game losing streak with a win against the team with the best record in the Majors. It had more to do with luck than fashion, no doubt, but baseball players rarely challenge superstitions when they seem to work.
DET: LHP Nate Robertson (1-4, 6.04 ERA)
Robertson turned in his first quality start of the season Tuesday at Kansas City, scattering two runs over seven innings, but ended up with no decision in his duel with Zack Greinke. Nonetheless, the performance offered some hope that the left-hander is getting closer to his aggressive pitching self. He gave up 10 hits in the outing, but limited the scoring damage to a Jose Guillen two-run double while not walking anyone. ARI: LHP Randy Johnson (3-1, 5.40 ERA)
Johnson has won his last two starts to give him 287 for his career. In his last outing, he wasn't particularly sharp, as he allowed four runs over five innings to the Rockies at Chase Field. He also hit a ball off the wall in the second but stumbled over first base and had to hold with a single. Tidbits
Brandon Inge is expected to start at third base Sunday, giving Carlos Guillen an extra day of rest ahead of Monday's off-day. ... No active player has more at-bats against Johnson than Ivan Rodriguez, who's 18-for-73 (.247) against him with four doubles, a home run, five RBIs and 17 strikeouts. ... Miguel Cabrera is a .397 (23-for-58) career hitter at Chase Field, mostly from his time as a National League foe with the Florida Marlins. Tickets
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Tuesday: Tigers (Justin Verlander, 1-7, 6.05) vs. Mariners (Carlos Silva, 3-2, 4.17), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Tigers (Kenny Rogers, 3-4, 6.65) vs. Mariners (Miguel Batista, 3-5, 6.11), 7:05 p.m. ET
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.