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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tigers lineup vs. Twins, Game 38: Fister vs. Walters

For the ninth time in 20 games, the Tigers will try to follow a loss with a win, trying to climb back to .500 in Thursday's afternoon game, the second in a two-game set with the Twins.

Only five Tigers have ever faced P.J. Walters, and no one more than one at-bat.

Don Kelly, CF (L)
(.220, 7 R, 4 RBI; vs. Walters: 0-for-1)
Andy Dirks, LF (L)
(.370, 17 R, 12 RBI)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B (R)
(.311, 8 HR, 33 RBI; vs. Walters: 1-for-1, HR)
Prince Fielder, 1B (L)
(.293, 5 HR, 20 RBI)
Delmon Young, DH (R)
(.234, 1 HR, 10 RBI)
Alex Avila, C (L)
(.232, 4 HR, 12 RBI)
Brennan Boesch, RF (L)
(.234, 4 HR, 15 RBI)
Jhonny Peralta, SS (R)
(.252, 1 HR 11 RBI)
Ryan Raburn, 2B (R)
(.157, 1 HR, 6 RBI; vs. Walters: 0-for-1)

Coming into Thursday's game, Doug Fister had not allowed a run at Comerica Park since Aug. 30, 2011, a streak of 19.1 scoreless innings pitched. He's gone at least six innings in both of his starts since returning from the disabled list, but was on the hook for a tough-luck, 3-1 loss in Oakland on May 12.

Ben Revere, CF (L)
Brian Dozier, SS (R)
(.286, 2 HR, 5 RBI)
Joe Mauer, 1B (L)
(.275, 1 HR, 16 RBI; vs. Fister: 0-for-10)
Josh Willingham, LF (R)
(.299, 7 HR, 22 RBI; vs. Fister: 2-for-7, HR)
Justin Morneau, DH (L)
(.228, 4 HR, 9 RBI; vs. Fister: 3-for-6)
Trevor Plouffe, RF (R)
(.138, 2 HR, 5 RBI; vs. Fister: 0-for-3)
Alexi Casilla, 2B (S)
(.253, 5 RBI; vs. Fister: 3-for-6, HR)
Drew Butera, C (R)
(.250; vs. Fister: 0-for-2)
Jamey Carroll, 3B (R)
(.229, 9 RBI)

Walters is making his second start of the season, and the sixth of his big-league career. The former 11th-round draft pick of St. Louis in 2006, the right-hander has only thrown two career innings against the Tigers, back in 2009, giving up a lone run on Miguel Cabrera's solo homer.


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