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Two tilts on tap for Tigers on Thursday

Two tilts on tap for Tigers on Thursday

The Tigers are 7-0 this season when Mike Maroth is pitching. However, Maroth is 0-6 for his career when the Red Sox are in the batters' box against him.

Unfortunately, something had to give. On Wednesday, it was the weather. On Thursday, it was Maroth's health.

What was scheduled to be a Wednesday night matchup on ESPN was rained out by a storm system that passed through New England in the afternoon and stuck around for most of the evening. Maroth, who was scheduled to start the first game of their day-night doubleheader, was scratched late due to illness.

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Instead, Zach Miner will assume mound duties for Detroit.ce at the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Curt Schilling, who will start Thursday's nightcap, has struck out 36 Tigers over 28 innings. But Detroit has hit .325 against him over his career, sending him to losses in three of their four meetings.

Schilling's counterpart, Chad Durbin, will pitch in the same ballpark where he made his final start before undergoing Tommy John elbow ligament-replacement surgery. He tried to pitch through elbow pain in 2002, and he made it to Fenway for his second start before he couldn't do it anymore. He gave up five hits, four walks and four runs and promptly went on the disabled list before heading to surgery later in the year.

Pitching matchup
Game 1
DET: RHP Zach Miner (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Miner nakes his first start of the season against the Red Sox in the opener of their day-night doubleheader. He went 7-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 2006.

BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (1-4, 6.60 ERA)
Tavarez took a big step back after hanging with Santana in his previous start, allowing 10 hits and five runs in just five innings against the Orioles on Friday night. Boston's fifth starter was tagged with the loss, his fourth among just 11 total losses for the Sox. As the rest of the rotation continues to pitch among the best in baseball and Jon Lester continues his return from cancer, Tavarez will have to bounce back with a strong start if he plans to keep his rotation spot.

Game 2
DET: RHP Chad Durbin (3-1, 5.08 ERA)
Durbin is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his last four starts, the latest being a win on Saturday at the Metrodome in which he held the Twins scoreless until a two-run sixth. By working ahead in counts with regularity, he has forced opposing batters to hit his two-strike pitch, often a sharp sinker, for ground-ball outs.

BOS: RHP Curt Schilling (4-1, 3.63 ERA)
Schilling was on his way to another quiet gem in his last outing, backed by a fifth-inning rally and a 4-1 cushion on Saturday against the Orioles when he ran into trouble. After allowing four singles and a walk, he left the game with a no-decision and four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up nine hits during that time. It was the first time Schilling was unable to register a quality start since April 20, against the Yankees.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN Detroit (both games)

On radio
• WXYT-AM 1270 (both games)

Up next
• Friday: Cardinals (Braden Looper, 5-2, 2.29) at Tigers (Andrew Miller, 0-1, 6.10 in '06), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Cardinals (Anthony Reyes, 0-6, 5.08) at Tigers (Nate Robertson, 3-3, 3.62), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Sunday: Cardinals (Brad Thompson, 2-0, 4.03) at Tigers (Justin Verlander, 4-1, 2.76), 1:05 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.

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