The Tigers head to Boston for a two-game series against the Red Sox after rain cut the two-game Toronto series in half. Make up date for today’s game is Monday, June 27 at 7:05.
A loss sandwiched between two rain-outs has dampened the mood of Tiger Nation after the recent seven-game winning streak and 9 out of 10 run was snapped by the Blue Jays in a 4-2 loss on monday. Phil Coke (1-5, 4.54) will take Rick Porcello’s turn in the rotation and face Clay Buchholz (4-3, 3.94) in the opener of the Boston series.
* Coke looks for his first win since April 14, when he shut out Oakland through 7 innings. How long of a leash will Jim Leyland give him as he continues his transformation from reliever to starter? With Joaquin Benoit struggling in Coke’s former role and Toledo starter Andrew Oliver banging on the big-league door, this game might be his most important so far this season.
* Victor Martinez returns to Boston. Will there be a warm welcome for the former Red Sox player who left after a year-and-a-half with the team via free-agency?
* Set-up man, TBD. With his demotion revealed by Leyland to reporters before Tuesday’s rain-out, the question becomes, who will take Benoit’s place in front of Valverde, should the situation present itself? Possibly split duty between Alburquerque (RH) and Schlereth (LH)?