- The Devil Rays are 43-62, 20 games behind Boston in the AL East, and are 4-12 since the All-Star break. In the 4 wins, the Rays have scored 52 runs. In the 12 losses, the Rays have scored 31 runs.
- The Tigers have the best record in baseball at 70-34 and have opened up an 8.5 game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central. They even have a better road record (37-17) versus home record (33-17).
- At the beginning of June, the Rays lost 3 of 4 to Les Tigres in Dertoit. Three of those games were started by Mark Hendrickson, Casey Fossum and Seth McClung. Not exactly Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Johnny Podres. Hell, its not even Tim Corcoran, James Shields, and J. P. Howell.
- Speaking of J. P. Howell, he will be making his Devil Rays debut on Tuesday night. Howell who was acquired from the Royals for Joey Gathright was a 2004 1st round draft pick that may have been rushed to the majors last season as he struggled with the Royals. He has been lights out at AAA Durham and may have the rest of the season to audition for a spot in the 2007 rotation. He faces Justin Verlander who has won 3 straight since the All-Star game.
- The Tigers just picked up Sean Casey from Pittsburgh for a minor leaguer. Casey should make his debut tonight or tomorrow.
- Still no word on who will replace Ty Wiggington on the roster. The leasding candidate is still B. J. Upton although management may not be ready to call him after his latest incident.
- Tonight, Kenny Rogers faces Fossum. Rogers has struggled since being the starter for the AL in the All-Star game. He has given up 27 runs in his last 26 innings. Fossum
Monday, 7:15 et
Detroit Kenny Rogers, RHP (11-4, 4.45)
Devil Rays Casey Fossum, LHP (4-4, 5.22)
Tuesday, 7:15 et
Detroit Justin Verlander, RHP (13-4, 2.69)
Devil Rays J. P. Howell, LHP (0-0, 0.00)
Wednesday, 7:15 et
Detroit Zach Miller, RHP (6-2, 3.95)
Devil Rays Tim Corcoran, LHP (4-2, 3.57)
Thursday, 7:15 et
Detroit Nate Robertson, LHP (10-6, 3.87)
Devil Rays Jae Seo, RHP (3-9, 5.84)