DET: RHP Eddie Bonine (2-1, 4.30 ERA)
Bonine was pushed back a day from his original rotation spot, which was slated to fall on Tuesday. That makes this his final scheduled outing before the All-Star break. Facing an Indians club that has struggled offensively this year could provide an opportunity for Bonine to get back into quality pitching, if he can attack the strike zone on the corners rather than the middle of the plate, which was his downfall his last time out at Minnesota. CLE: RHP Paul Byrd (3-10, 5.53 ERA)
Byrd has had a very inconsistent season, but one constant has been his penchant for dishing out the home run ball. He might fare a little better in the pitching-friendly confines of Comerica Park. He had a strong outing there on June 6, when he held the Tigers to a pair of runs on four hits over seven innings for his 100th career victory, but he nonetheless gave up a pair of homers in that start.
Tuesday marked the fourth game the Tigers have hit four or more home runs in a game this season. ... Curtis Granderson is hitting .441 in his last 17 games, while Ivan Rodriguez is hitting .418 in his last 19 games. ... Leyland said that backup catcher Dane Sardinha will start on Wednesday, adding that Rodriguez looked tired after catching a 15-inning marathon game on Sunday afternoon. ... Leyland also said injured utilityman Brandon Inge could return from his Minor League rehab assignment before the All-Star break. ... Since the beginning of last season, the Tigers have a 46-21 record against left-handed pitchers.
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Scott McNeish is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.