Tigers Vs. Pirates: Detroit Starts Home Series Against Pittsburgh

DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Starting pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Verlander pitched a complete game and earned the win as the Tigers defeated the Rockies 9-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Interleague play begins for the Detroit Tigers with a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at home, starting on Friday.

38 games into this season, the power loaded Detroit Tigers were not expecting to be on level, losing terms with the Pittsburgh Pirates. At this point though, that's the case with both teams out of first place in their respective divisions with 18-20 records. For Detroit, they're losing ground to the high flying Cleveland Indians with every loss and it's even worse after a two game sweep at the hands of the lowly Minnesota Twins.

The Tigers can put themselves into higher standing if they can defeat the Pirates in their three game interleague series at home. Fortunately, they'll have their ace on the mound for their first attempt at it.

Justin Verlander has been his usual self this year with a 4-1 record and a 2.47 ERA. He'll face off against Charlie Morton, who has a somewhat less impressive 2-3 record and 4.05 ERA for the Pirates so far this season.

The game will be at Comerica Park at 7:05 p.m. ET.

For more on the Detroit Tigers, head over to Bless You Boys. More on the Pittsburgh Pirates can be found at Bucs Dugout. More news and analysis on Major League Baseball can be found at SB Nation's home for MLB, Baseball Nation.

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