The Tigers lost the series-opener Monday -- in frustrating fashion -- but a team in need of a win can't do much better than Verlander. On the season Verlander is 5-2 with a 2.15 ERA, and lately he's been even better than that. He has 33 strikeouts in his last four starts, going 3-1 over that span. Heck, he was even sterling in that one loss, pitching 8.0 innings, striking out seven and giving up two runs.
The Tigers' offense, which has scored four runs in two straight games, will face Red Sox righty Daniel Bard. In his first season as a starter, Bard is 4-5 with a 4.69 ERA.
First pitch is schedule for 7:10 Eastern.