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Probable Pitchers

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Jeff Niemann, RHP
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    Jeff Niemann, last 5 years vs. DET
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Niemann can be dominating, as evidenced by the streak of 10 starts without a loss that he put together last season. The 6-foot-9 right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA in five career appearances against the Tigers.

Drew Smyly, LHP
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Two years after Smyly was making his name around the SEC circuit at Arkansas, and a year after beginning his pro career, Smyly makes his Major League debut. He beat out a handful of candidates for Detroit's fifth-starter job out of Spring Training.

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Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Max Scherzer, RHP
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The White Sox scored just four runs over 29 innings against Scherzer last year, yet still beat him twice. His two wins against Chicago totaled 15 scoreless innings, but both victories were in Detroit. Still, the early spring weather could favor him.

Jake Peavy, RHP
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Peavy struggled through the first three innings of Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Rangers. But an adjustment in his mechanics helped him settle down over the next three and keep the White Sox in the game.

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Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Adam Wilk, LHP
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Career stats

After Tigers officials watched two other starters struggle at Triple-A Toledo, they decided on Wilk, who pitched five scoreless innings on one hit with six strikeouts in his season debut for the Mud Hens. He'll be making his first Major League start.

Gavin Floyd, RHP
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Home runs from Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and David Murphy did in the White Sox right-hander in his season debut Sunday night in Arlington. Floyd allowed five hits, but they were good enough to produce four earned runs.

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Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Rick Porcello, RHP
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Porcello showed command on both sides of the plate in his season debut Tuesday against the Rays, and it resulted in seven solid innings and a chance for the Tigers to outlast Matt Moore. If Porcello can keep that going, he could be in for a big year.

Chris Sale, LHP
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It was a successful debut for the left-hander, who worked 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Indians in his first big league start following 79 career appearances out of the bullpen. Sale doubled his previous career high with 100 pitches.

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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Justin Verlander, RHP
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Take away a miserable ninth inning Wednesday against the Rays, and Verlander is scoreless in his other 16 innings this season. He admittedly got fastball-happy with runners on base in the ninth and reverted to his younger form by overthrowing.

Danny Duffy, LHP
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Duffy's first start ended in a 3-0 victory at Oakland. He held the A's to one hit in six innings and registered eight strikeouts. He did issue four walks and threw 103 pitches, so he lost his way occasionally but was able to get back on track.

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