American League Capsules: Probable Pitching Matchups for August 9

By Jim Donahue

Doug Fister was brilliant for the Detroit Tigers last year after coming over from Seattle in a trade. After an injury-plagued first half to the 2012 season, Fister is starting to get things rolling again and has been one of the AL’s best pitchers since the All-Star break. He takes the mound Thursday in the series finale vs. the Yankees.

NY Yankees at Detroit
Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.19) vs. Tigers RHP Doug Fisters (6-7, 3.52): Kuroda came out on the wrong end of a pitchers’ duel his last time out, allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings against the Mariners. He took a no-decision earlier this season in Detroit, limiting the Tigers to two runs over seven innings in a Detroit win. … Fister threw his first complete game as a Tiger on Saturday vs. Cleveland. After going 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA down the stretch for Detroit in 2011, Fister is getting on a similar roll, as he’s 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA since the All-Star break.

Toronto at Tampa Bay – Jays RHP Henderson Alvarez (7-8, 4.47) vs. Rays LHP Matt Moore (8-7, 3.84): Alvarez struggled with command in his last start, walking five (one intentional) and giving up three runs in five frames to take the loss vs. the A’s. On the bright side, he was able to work out of a jam against the middle of the Oakland order. … Moore extended his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings after picking up a 2-0 win over the Orioles on Friday at Tropicana Field. Since June 1, the lefty is 7-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 starts.

Boston at Cleveland – Red Sox LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.56) vs. Indians RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-11, 5.29): Doubront allowed five runs on eight hits, walking four and striking out two over five innings, and was left with a no-decision in Boston’s 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Twins on Friday night. It was his second poor start in the past three. … Jimenez struggled again in his last start against Detroit, allowing six runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four. Jimenez has allowed five or more runs in four of his last five starts, and he hasn’t won since July 7.

Kansas City at Baltimore – Royals RHP Jeremy Guthrie (3-12, 6.56) vs. Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen (10-6, 3.46): Guthrie had the best of his three outings, all losses, since joining the Royals from the Rockies, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks against the Rangers. He’s faced the White Sox 12 times, going 3-5. … Chen had one of the best outings of his career on Saturday, shutting out the Rays over seven innings, allowing only five hits and a walk. Chen has a 1.95 ERA and .174 opponents’ batting average in his past five starts.

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