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Wednesday, July 18th (All times eastern)

LA Angels of Anaheim (49-41) at Detroit Tigers (47-43), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (9-5, 2.43) Detroit - Doug Fister (3-6, 4.39)

(Sports Network) - Prize free-agent signee C.J. Wilson makes his fourth attempt at reaching double-digit wins with his new team tonight, when the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim visit the Detroit Tigers in continuation of a four- game series at Comerica Park.

Wilson, who won 15 and 16 games with the Texas Rangers in 2010 and 2011, signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Angels in the offseason and won nine of his initial 13 decisions through the end of June before a three-start winless stretch.

In the three games -- against Toronto, Baltimore and the New York Yankees -- he's received a loss and two no-decisions while allowing 12 hits and seven runs in 19 innings with 14 strikeouts.

The Angels are 13-6 in games he's pitched.

Wilson, a former reliever, is 0-1 in seven career meetings with the Tigers with a 5.56 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.

Detroit counters with righty Doug Fister, who's won two straight starts since losing six of seven decisions to begin the season.

The 28-year-old won 11 games while splitting time between Seattle and Detroit last season, combining to throw 216 1/3 innings over 32 appearances -- 31 starts.

He was 0-3 through his initial four starts with the Tigers this year and didn't win his first game until June 16 against interleague-foe Colorado.

Three losses followed that triumph, but Fister headed into and emerged from the All-Star break with wins over Kansas City and Baltimore while allowing 11 hits and five runs in 13 innings.

He's 1-3 in six career starts against the Angels.

On Tuesday, the Angels pounded out 18 hits, including five home runs, en route to a 13-0 drubbing of the Tigers.

Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo crushed three-run home runs, while Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales added solo shots for the Angels, who have won two of three.

Rookie phenom Mike Trout clubbed a two-run homer among his four hits, and Howie Kendrick had three hits in the victory.

"Our offense came out and scored some runs early," Pujols said. "That's what you want on a hot day. "(Garrett) Richards went out that and made a great start."

Richards (3-1) was strong on the mound. The 2009 compensation-round draft pick by the Angels allowed just three hits and walked four over seven scoreless innings to pick up the win. David Carpenter tossed the final two innings to finish the shutout.

The pitching performance may have overshadowed the offense a bit, but only because it ended quite a streak for Detroit. The shutout was the first the Tigers have seen in quite some time -- a year and a day to be exact.

Detroit had scored in 158 straight games, having last gone without a run on July 16, 2011 against the White Sox.

Miguel Cabrera, Delmon Young, Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta each had a hit in the loss for the Tigers, who had a brief two-game winning streak halted.

Jacob Turner (0-1), another 2009 first-round pick, was shelled in his second start of the year, allowing seven runs on six hits and two walks in just two innings to absorb the loss.

"We could have caught lightning in a bottle, he could have had a great outing, but I wasn't really expecting that," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "If he could have gone six innings, I would have been really comfortable with that."

This series is the first between the teams in 2012. The Angels won the season matchup last year, 4-3, while the Tigers won six of 10 games in 2010.

07/18 10:33:49 ET