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Atlanta at Detroit

Venue: Comerica Park
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The Detroit Tigers have moved past their slump, and will look to get on an extended run with Doug Fister on the mound against the road-weary Atlanta Braves.

The unbeaten right-hander will try to lead the Tigers to a three-game sweep when they take on the Braves in the finale of Atlanta's 10-game trip.

Following a season-worst four-game skid, Detroit (12-10) has won three of four after Omar Infante and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers in a 7-4 victory Saturday.

Infante's home run came off former Braves teammate Kris Medlen.

"I stayed back and waited for a slider or changeup," said Infante, who had three hits and is 10 for 21 over his last five games. "He threw a fastball and I made a good reaction."

Now the Tigers will send Fister (3-0, 2.00 ERA) to the mound as he looks to keep the Braves' bats quiet and pitch the Tigers to their first three-game sweep of the season.

Fister has posted a 1.23 ERA in his last three outings. He gave up no earned runs in seven innings of a 4-3, 13-inning loss to the Los Angeles Angels last Sunday.

Fister faces an Atlanta lineup that has totaled 12 runs in the six losses on this trip.

The Braves (15-8) have lost seven of 10 since their red-hot start to the season, and they'll be trying to avoid their season-worst fourth straight defeat.

Justin Upton provided one of the bright spots Saturday with his league-leading 12th home run. Upton, though, has batted .250 on the trip after hitting .333 in the first 14 games.

B.J. Upton has continued to struggle, batting .125 in his last eight games to drop his average to .146. He's gone hitless in five career at-bats against Fister.

Minor (3-1, 1.80) gave up more than one earned run for the first time in four starts this year Tuesday, allowing three in six innings of a 4-3 victory at Colorado on Tuesday.

Making his first appearance against the Tigers, the left-hander has dropped his last three outings against AL opponents with a 4.96 ERA.

He'll try to cool off Miguel Cabrera, batting .413 with a homer and 12 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak.

Prince Fielder, who has one hit and six strikeouts in 13 at-bats on the homestand, has three singles in as many career at-bats against Minor.

After scoring 16 times in their previous seven games, the Tigers have totaled 17 runs in the first two against the Braves.

Detroit has won eight of 10 versus Atlanta, including four straight at home.

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Probable Starters

Mike Minor, LHP
2013 stats
25.0 Innings Pitched 27.0
3-1 Wins-Losses 3-0
1.80 Earned Run Average 2.00
3 Walks 6
21 Strikeouts 17
94 Pitches Per Start 106
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched -
--- Wins-Losses ---
- Earned Run Average -

Doug Fister, RHP
Weather
weather image  Light showers. Overcast. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
59°F49°F9mph/SE78%78%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Atlanta2nd NL East7676.50011 ½ 2-8 W 1
Detroit1st AL Central8468.553-7-3 L 2
 
 
Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Atlanta 125 Detroit -135
Injuries
Atlanta
PlayerInjury
B. BeachyElbow
P. BeatoElbow
G. FloydElbow
E. GattisIllness
C. GearrinElbow
K. MedlenElbow
S. SimmonsShoulder
J. VentersElbow
Detroit
PlayerInjury
A. AvilaHead
A. DirksBack
J. HanrahanElbow
J. IglesiasShin
P. McCoyHamstring
L. PutkonenElbow
B. RondonElbow
A. SanchezPectoral
J. VerlanderThumb
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Mar 31DETDET 4-3Nathan Davis 
Apr 2DETDET 2-1Alburquerque Collins 
Apr 3DETPPD   
May 2KCDET 8-2Porcello Shields 
May 3KCDET 9-2Smyly Duffy 
May 4KCDET 9-4Verlander Vargas 
Jun 16DETKC 11-8Vargas Verlander 
Jun 17DETKC 11-4Ventura Scherzer 
Jun 18DETKC 2-1Guthrie Smyly 
Jun 19DETDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 10KCDET 16-4Smyly Guthrie 
Jul 11KCDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 12KCDET 5-1Porcello Shields 
Jul 13KCKC 5-2Ventura Verlander 
Sep 8DETDET 9-5Verlander Guthrie 
Sep 9DETDET 4-2Scherzer Vargas 
Sep 10DETKC 3-0Shields Porcello 
Sep 19KC 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20KC 1:05 PM EDT  
Sep 21KC 2:10 PM EDT