Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, June 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (34-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (36-32), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Doug Fister (1-3, 2.68)
Pittsburgh - A.J. Burnett (7-2, 3.52)
(Sports Network) - Resurgent right-hander A.J. Burnett aims for a seventh
straight win and a ninth straight start without a loss tonight when the
Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game interleague series with the Detroit
Tigers at PNC Park.
The 35-year-old Arkansas native, drummed out of New York after three
inconsequential big-ticket seasons with the Yankees, is unbeaten since a 2
2/3-inning thrashing by the St. Louis Cardinals on May 2.
He got no-decisions in his subsequent two starts against Washington and
Houston, then began a six-start win streak with a 4-3 win against the Tigers
in Detroit on May 19.
Burnett allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings of that victory, walking
three batters. He's gone on to beat the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati twice, Kansas
City and Cleveland while lowering his season earned run average to 3.52 in 69
He's unbeaten at PNC Park in the initial two months of 2012, winning four
decisions in six starts with a 1.27 ERA across 42 2/3 innings.
For the Tigers, right-hander Doug Fister goes for a second straight win after
opening the season with three losses in six starts.
He earned win No. 1 with a six-inning gem on June 16 against Colorado, tossing
six innings of scoreless, three-hit ball with a walk and six strikeouts in
Detroit's 4-1 defeat of the Rockies.
Fister won 11 games in 32 outings last season while splitting time between
Seattle and Detroit, including eight victories in nine decisions with the
Tigers after a six-player trade on July 30.
The 28-year-old Californian is 0-2 in four road starts in 2012.
On Thursday in Detroit, Quintin Berry hit a bases-loaded, RBI single in the
bottom of the 10th inning and the Tigers edged the Cardinals, 2-1, in the
rubber match of a three-game series.
After singles by Ramon Santiago and Jhonny Peralta, Victor Marte (0-1) hit
Austin Jackson with a pitch, loading the bases with one out. Berry then
slapped a grounder up the middle to plate the deciding run.
"He's been fantastic for us," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's done a
Joaquin Benoit (1-1) stranded a pair of runners in the top of the 10th to earn
the victory and Prince Fielder hit a fourth-inning homer for the Tigers,
winners in nine of their last 13 games.
Detroit starter Jacob Turner, called up prior to the game, made his season
debut and allowed just one run on four hits and five walks with three
strikeouts over five innings.
In Pittsburgh, Rod Barajas and Garrett Jones each hit a two-run home run as
the Pirates clobbered the Minnesota Twins, 9-1, in the rubber match of a
three-game interleague set.
Andrew McCutchen finished a homer short of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with a
double, triple, three RBI and two runs scored for the Pirates, who have won
four of their last five.
James McDonald (6-3) threw his first career complete game as he gave up just
one run on six hits with no walks and five strikeouts. In his 14 starts this
season, he has never given up more than three runs and lowered his earned run
average to 2.19.
Detroit has won 17 of 30 interleague games with the Pirates, including six of
the last nine since 2010 and two of three in a three-game set at Comerica Park
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