Galarraga finding success with Tigers
Detroit (29-37) vs. Los Angeles (31-35), Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET
DETROIT -- Armando Galarraga has fingered a prominent reason for his sudden success this season."I have twice the break on my pitches from last year," Galarraga said. Last year in the Texas system, Galarraga went a combined 11-8 at Double-A Frisco, Triple-A Oklahoma and the Rangers, with an ERA over 5.00. This season, his 5-2 record and 3.70 ERA lead the rotation. Before coming up to the Tigers in April as an injury replacement for Dontrelle Willis, Galarraga won both his starts at Triple-A Toledo, giving up three earned runs in 12 innings.
DET: RHP Armando Galarraga (5-2, 3.70 ERA)
Galarraga just missed his second straight quality start against the Indians. He gave up two earned runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings to earn his first career win at Comerica Park. He had his slider working, and when he does, he can be quite impressive. The Tigers, meanwhile, improved to 7-2 when he starts. Galarraga has never faced the Dodgers, but he did perform well in his only Interleague start. He held the Diamondbacks to two runs over six innings. LAD: RHP Derek Lowe (4-5, 4.15 ERA)
It's a homecoming for Michigan native Derek Lowe, who also is coming off a wild win over the Cubs. The Dodgers were losing when Lowe left the game, even though he had taken a no-hitter into the fifth inning. But a rare five-run rally against Carlos Zambrano gave Lowe a second consecutive win and fourth consecutive quality start. Lowe is 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA lifetime against the Tigers. Interleague record: 101-95 overall, 1-2 in 2008 2008 Interleague schedule
May 16 at Diamondbacks: Lost, 4-3
May 17 at Diamondbacks: Won, 3-2
May 18 at Diamondbacks: Lost, 4-0
June 13-15 vs. Dodgers
June 16-18 at Giants
June 20-22 at Padres
June 24-26 vs. Cardinals
June 27-29 vs. Rockies
Injured outfielder Clete Thomas will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo on Friday. ... The Tigers have outrighted the contract of reliver Francisco Cruceta to Toledo. ... Injured reliever Joel Zumaya visted Comerica Park. He will make his next rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Saturday. ... Alex Avlia, the Tigers' fifth-round pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft, worked out and took batting practice on the field at Comerica Park.
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Scott McNeish is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.