The Detroit Tigers (44-42) are coming out of the All-Star break with a record over .500 and a Home Run Derby winner in Prince Fielder. (We'll not talk about how their ace pitched at the ASG, of course.) They're hoping that they can carry their recent success into the second half and make a run at the AL Central title, kicking off the second half of the season against the Baltimore Orioles.
Of course, the Orioles (45-40) have had their own successes, surprising everyone with a stupendous start to the year and holding second place down in the notoriously difficult AL East.
One of their best stories will be taking the mound in game one against Detroit, Jason Hammel. Since being traded from the Colorado Rockies for Jeremy Guthrie, Hammel has made a good name for himself in Baltimore with an 8-5 record and 3.47 ERA, along with a whopping 101 strikeouts. He even had a minor All-Star voting campaign going for him at one point.
Detroit will counter by sending out Doug Fister, who will be seeking his first road win of the season at Camden Yards. Fister so far in 2012 is a mediocre 2-6 with a 4.75 ERA.
The game will be at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 7:05 p.m. ET.
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