Losers of six of their last eight games after acquiring Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez from the Marlins, the Detroit Tigers will hope to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Boston Red Sox in game three of the series on Wednesday.
Right-hander Rick Porcello (7-6) will get the ball for the Tigers as they hope to right the ship and keep pace in the American League Central, as the young hurler will aim to have a bit more success than his predecessors Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander working against Boston hitters.
With only nine hits thus far after two games in the series, Tigers batters should find a bit more relief in the form of 33-year-old pitcher Aaron Cook, who will make his eighth start of the year for the Red Sox. A former National League pitcher with the Colorado Rockies for his entire major league career before coming to Boston last winter, Cook has given up 11 earned runs in 21 innings this season at Fenway Park. Worse yet, he has only managed to strike out one batter over that span, which bodes quite well for Detroit sluggers like Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in game three.