Arizona (43-36) at Detroit (18-60)

Cloudy Currently: Detroit, MI
Temp: 66° F
  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Jun 29, 2003
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With Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling on the disabled list, Miguel Batista has done an admirable job as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ de facto ace.

The right-hander looks to win his fourth straight start as the surging Diamondbacks complete a three-game interleague series with the major league-worst Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Batista, who began the season in the Arizona bullpen, boasts a 6-1 mark in nine starts since April 30, yielding two runs or fewer in all but two of those outings. He has won twice during the Diamondbacks’ franchise-record winning streak, which reached 10 games with Saturday’s 7-0 rout of the hapless Tigers.

On Tuesday, Batista gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking three, in a 12-5 victory over Houston. While Johnson (knee) and Schilling (hand) continue to recover from their respective injuries, Batista has helped lead the Diamondbacks back into the NL West race.

Arizona is just five games behind first-place San Francisco in the West, and only 2 1/2 back of Los Angeles, which leads the NL wild-card race.

Detroit has lost eight in a row and 20 of 22. The Tigers are actually on pace to break the 1962 New York Mets’ record for major league futility. The Mets lost 120 games during their inaugural season.

STANDINGS: Diamondbacks - 3rd place, 5 GB, NL West. Tigers - 5th place, 24 1/2 GB, AL Central.

DIAMONDBACKS PROBABLE STARTER: Batista (6-3, 2.83 ERA). Batista allowed one run over six innings in his only previous outing against Detroit. He is 3-2 with a 2.52 ERA in eight road appearances, including five starts, this year.

TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nate Cornejo (3-6, 4.50 ERA). Cornejo has lost each of his last three starts and is 0-4 over his last eight outings. The right-hander has been pounded for six runs in each start during his losing streak, including Tuesday’s 10-1 setback to Boston, when he lasted just four innings. Cornejo is 1-3 with a 5.19 ERA in six home starts this season. His last win came in a 9-2 triumph at Tampa Bay on May 11.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Diamondbacks - Luis Gonzalez, .313 avg., 15 HRs, 55 RBIs and 52 runs; Tony Womack, 8 SBs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .284 avg., 15 HRs and 44 RBIs; Young and Bobby Higginson, 36 runs; Alex Sanchez, 14 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 9-4. Tigers - 4-13.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Diamondbacks - SS Tony Womack had to be helped off the field after spraining his knee in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game. He will fly to Phoenix for an MRI on Sunday. … 2B Matt Kata has reached base safely in all nine games that he has started this season. … Arizona’s previous franchise-record win streak was a nine-game run from Aug. 10-19, 2001. Tigers - The current Tigers are a combined 3-for-21 (.143) against RHP Batista. … OF Higginson is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. … 1B Young has reached base safely in 34 of his last 35 games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Diamondbacks - 19-18 on the road; Tigers - 6-31 at home.

INJURIES: Diamondbacks - INF Shea Hillenbrand (oblique), 15-day DL; 2B Junior Spivey (ankle), 15-day DL; OF Danny Bautista (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Mantei (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Schilling (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Mike Koplove (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Bret Prinz (groin), 60-day DL; INF Craig Counsell (thumb), 60-day DL; LHP Johnson (knee), 60-day DL. Tigers - OF Gene Kingsale (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Dean Palmer (shoulder and neck), 60-day DL.

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M. Batista Col vs. N. Cornejo CWS
10-9 Record 6-17
3.54 ERA 4.67
142 K 46
60 BB 58
1.33 WHIP 1.51