Mar. 5, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Adam Wilk pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
The Detroit Tigers allowed just six runs in their three-game sweep of the Royals. But the Texas Rangers, who lead the league in homers, should pose a stiff test to the Tigers' rotation.
In a rematch of the 2011 American League Championship Series, thewill host the for a four-game series starting Thursday.
The Tigers are fresh off a sweep of the. The Tigers scored a mere 10 runs in the three-game series, but the pitching was nails, holding the Royals to just six runs.
, 0-1, is expected to start for the Tigers. In his first major league start last week against the , Wilk pitched five innings, giving up two runs and striking out four. His outing ended, however, when smoked a line drive into the dugout. The ball struck Wilk in the shoulder, but he will reportedly be healthy for start No. 2.
The Tigers' pitching will be tested in this series.comes in with an MLB-best batting average of .440, and an MLB-best five home runs. As a team, the Rangers are second in batting average (.293) and runs (69), and first in home runs (22).
Thursday's games starts at 7:05 ET.