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Tigers Prospect Jacob Turner To Start Against St. Louis On Thursday

After posting a 3.43 ERA through seven starts in Triple-A, Detroit Tigers prospect Jacob Turner will officially be handed the ball on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals for his 2012 season debut.

The 6-foot-5 Turner went 0-1 with a 8.53 ERA over three summer starts with the Tigers last year, but has been red-hot recently for the Mud Hens and appears ready for another crack at the big league rotation. Over his last three outings Turner yielded a grand total of three runs to drastically cut his earned run average, and he'll hope to keep things rolling against a familiar Cardinals team on Thursday.

Raised in the St. Louis area, Turner was actually the 2006 World Series... as a Cardinals fan. The 21-year-old hurler will also be facing a St. Louis manager in Mike Matheny who seems to know a little bit about what Turner is capable of on the mound. From MLB.com's Jason Beck:

With injuries to both pitchers and position players popping up left and right for manager Jim Leyland, this seems like a perfect time for Turner to re-join the big club after failing to make the rotation to open the season.

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