Athletics Vs. Tigers Preview: Detroit Goes For Sweep In Matinee

The Detroit Tigers moved back to within two games of the Chicago White Sox in the race for first place in the A.L. Central on Wednesday night, and they'll be looking to continue that momentum as they wrap up their series with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon.

On the mound for the Tigers is Anibal Sanchez, who is working on a streak of five straight quality starts. The Tigers, though, have only won two of those five starts, a trend which they'll certainly be looking to reverse on Thursday. Sanchez's starts in Comerica Park have been a mixed bag since he's joined Detroit -- he's been able to suppress runs thanks to only giving up one homer in 21.2 innings pitched there, but has also allowed 35 baserunners in those innings.

The good news for Detroit is that they will be facing A's rookie Tom Milone, who has enjoyed a stellar rookie season if you erase his starts away from home. On the road, Milone has an ERA of 5.13, nearly a full 2.5 runs higher than his home ERA. Milone has also been slightly worse after the All-Star break.

First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday and will be broadcast on FSN Detroit.

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