After the Tigers enjoy their first true off-day in a month, they'll get back to the business of trying to turn around their September.
Sean Douglass will take the mound hoping to end Detroit's seven-game losing streak and continue his strong finish Friday night when Detroit opens a three-game series against Seattle.
Douglass enjoyed his best outing of the season against the Mariners, whom he held to a run on three hits in eight innings Aug. 4 at Comerica Park. He has won once in the nine outings since, though not all of them have been starts. After rejoining the rotation a couple weeks ago, he seemingly recaptured his old form with a run in six innings of a no-decision against the Twins last Wednesday, then tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Sunday against the Angels.
A similar outing by Douglass on Friday would give the Tigers hope of ending their September skid. Detroit is 4-18 for the month, including a nine-game losing streak earlier and their current seven-game slide.
Standing in the Tigers' way will be Mariners right-hander Ryan Franklin, who is winless in his last eight starts since July 30 and has 15 losses on the year but who tossed a quality start against the Tigers on July 25 at Safeco Field. Kansas City's Zack Greinke proved Tuesday that loss totals aren't always the telling mark of a pitcher. Two of Franklin's four starts in September have been quality outings.
: RHP Ryan Franklin
6-15, 5.30 ERA in 2005
0-0, 4.05 ERA in 2005 vs. DET
: RHP Sean Douglass
5-4, 5.95 ERA in 2005
1-0, 1.13 ERA in 2005 vs. SEA
Player to watch
Magglio Ordonez is 5-for-18 lifetime off Franklin, with a double, home run and five walks.
"This whole year hasn't gone the way any of us were expecting." -- manager Alan Trammell
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Official game notes
SEA: KOMO 1000
DET: WXYT 1270
Friday's game kicks off the Tigers' final homestand of the season, a seven-game stretch that includes a four-game set against the White Sox next week. ... Magglio Ordonez ended an 0-for-16 slump with a single Wednesday. ... Ivan Rodriguez's next game at catcher will push him past Rick Farrell for ninth on the all-time Major League list with 1,807.
Saturday: vs. Mariners, 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday: vs. Mariners, 1:05 p.m. ET
Monday: vs. White Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.