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Detroit Tigers-Baltimore Orioles: Game 49 Preview

Blake VandeBunteContributor IMay 31, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 21:  Adam Eaton #24 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the New York Yankees on May 21, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Date: May 31, 2009

Time: 1:35pm

Teams: Detroit Tigers at Baltimore Orioles

Park: Camden Yards

Weather: 77 and sunny

Starting Pitchers: Edwin Jackson (4-3, 2.58)  Jason Berken (1-0, 3.60)

Records: Detroit (27-21)  Baltimore (23-27)

Last 10 Games: Detroit (5-5)  Baltimore (7-3)

My Two Cents

The Tigers will look to finish their four-game set against the Orioles with a win and a split today.  The Tigers were stymied by two rookie hurlers in the first two games of the series and will face another one this afternoon in Jason Berken, who is making his second career start. 

Tigers starter, Edwin Jackson, has faced the Orioles five times in his career (three starts) and has an ERA of 8.31.  Also, in two starts at Camden Yards, Jackson is 1-1 with an ERA of 12.46.  Hopefully, he can turn things around today. 

Jackson and the Tigers pitching staff will look to keep Luke Scott off the board, as he has homered in each game of this series and five times total.  The Tigers lead the AL Central by four games over the surging Chicago White Sox and by four and a half games over Minnesota and Kansas City.  A win today would be nice, since the Tigers face the Red Sox and the Angels next week at Comerica Park.

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