DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 19: Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on August 19, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The Tigers host the White Sox this weekend with a chance to move into a first place tie.
Trailing the Chicago White Sox by three games in the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers open a three-game series at home against Chicago at 7:05 p.m. tonight with Doug Fister (7-8, 3.67 ERA) pitching against Jake Peavy (9-9, 3.09 ERA).
Fister missed his last scheduled start with a groin injury and has not pitched since an Aug. 19 loss against Baltimore in which he lasted just 3.2 innings. He has not pitched against the White Sox this season, but he's 0-2 with a 3.51 ERA against them in four career starts.
Peavy is winless in his last four starts despite giving up three earned runs or fewer in each outing. He's started four games against the Tigers this season and is 1-1 in those starts with a 5.06 ERA. The White Sox have lost three of those four games.
The Tigers are coming off a three-game sweep by the Royals in Kansas City. They lost each game by one run and at one point in the series, were held scoreless for 16 consecutive innings. Chicago lost three of four to the Baltimore Orioles heading into this series.