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Detroit at Baltimore

Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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Prince Fielder capped a strong first half in his first season with the Detroit Tigers by winning his second Home Run Derby crown.

Now one of the game's most feared lefty swingers gets his first chance to take aim at an inviting B&O Warehouse.

Fielder will make his first appearance at Camden Yards as the Tigers look to extend their season-high win streak to six Friday night in the opener of a three-game set against the surprising Baltimore Orioles, who have activated injured outfielder Nick Markakis.

Signed to a $214 million, nine-year contract by Detroit (44-42) in the offseason, Fielder has turned in his typical production with 15 homers and 63 RBIs to rank second on the team in those departments to Miguel Cabrera.

"I think the baseball stays the same, but as far as off the field and getting to know your teammates, that's a little different," said Fielder, who has three homers and 10 RBIs during this win streak. "But once the game starts, it's the same."

Fielder totaled 28 home runs over three rounds to win Monday's Home Run Derby in Kansas City. He had the four longest drives of the night, including a pair at 476 feet.

That distance would be enough to reach B&O Warehouse, which sits 439 feet from home plate beyond right field at Camden Yards. Fielder's only previous games against Baltimore (45-40) came when he went 5 for 11 with three homers in a 2008 series in Milwaukee.

Markakis is set to make his first appearance since May 29 after being on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a broken bone in his wrist.

He's 6 for 14 off Tigers starter Doug Fister (2-6, 4.75 ERA), who is 0-4 with a 4.89 ERA in six road outings. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA in four career starts against the Orioles.

Baltimore starter Jason Hammel (8-5, 3.47) is the staff leader in victories, but he's 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA in his last three outings. He's 2-0 with a 6.61 ERA in three career starts against Detroit.

Fielder is 2 for 10 with a homer against the right-hander while Jhonny Peralta is 5 for 12.

The Orioles are over .500 at the All-Star break for the first time since 2005, although they have dropped nine of 13. They are optimistic about ending a string of 14 straight losing seasons since the franchise's last playoff berth in 1997.

"The story's yet to be written," manager Buck Showalter said. "The season's not over. It's an unfinished story. I mean, everybody this time of year knows they've done some things good and some things that they've got to do better at.

"It's more of a mental thing than anything else. We've got some important times ahead of us and we want to stay competitive."

Detroit has been a disappointment after winning 95 games to capture the AL Central last year and then adding Fielder. The Tigers are in third place in the division, but have been playing better lately and sit 3 1/2 games behind Chicago.

These clubs split 10 meetings last year.

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Probable Starters

Doug Fister, RHP
2012 stats
60.2 Innings Pitched 106.1
2-6 Wins-Losses 8-5
4.75 Earned Run Average 3.47
15 Walks 38
48 Strikeouts 101
90 Pitches Per Start 102
Career vs. opponent
25.0 Innings Pitched 20.1
2-1 Wins-Losses 2-0
4.68 Earned Run Average 6.20

Jason Hammel, RHP
Weather
weather image  Isolated tstorms late. High level clouds. Warm.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
89°F74°F3mph/SW42%37%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Detroit1st AL Central8468.553-7-3 L 2
Baltimore1st AL East9260.605-9-1 W 4
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jason Hammel
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Jackson42000.500
Laird21000.500
Scherzer21000.500
Peralta125111.417
Raburn52011.400
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Doug Fister
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Tolleson21000.500
Betemit42111.500
Jones84000.500
Davis52102.400
Andino62002.333
 
Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Detroit 115 Baltimore -125
Injuries
Detroit
PlayerInjury
A. AvilaHead
A. DirksBack
J. HanrahanElbow
J. IglesiasShin
P. McCoyHamstring
L. PutkonenElbow
B. RondonElbow
A. SanchezPectoral
J. VerlanderThumb
Baltimore
PlayerInjury
C. DavisSuspension
M. MachadoKnee
J. SantanaShoulder
M. WietersElbow
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Mar 31BALBAL 2-1Britton Lester 
Apr 2BALBOS 6-2Lackey Jimenez 
Apr 3BALBOS 4-3Doubront Chen 
Apr 18BOSBAL 8-4Tillman Lackey 
Apr 19BOSBOS 4-2Tazawa Norris 
Apr 20BOSBOS 6-5Mujica Matusz 
Apr 21BOSBAL 7-6Chen Buchholz 
Jun 9BALBAL 4-0Norris Peavy 
Jun 10BALBOS 1-0Workman Tillman 
Jun 11BALBAL 6-0Chen De La Rosa 
Jul 4BOSPPD   
Jul 5BOSBOS 3-2Uehara McFarland 
Jul 5BOSBAL 7-4Brach Lackey 
Jul 6BOSBAL 7-6Brach Mujica 
Sep 8BOSBAL 4-0Gonzalez Kelly 
Sep 9BOSBAL 4-1Tillman Ranaudo 
Sep 10BOSBAL 10-6Chen Workman 
Sep 19BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 20BAL 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 21BAL 1:35 PM EDT