Escobar, who missed his scheduled turn last week due to a cracked nail on the middle finger of his pitching hand, is coming off his first win as an Angel. The hard-throwing right-hander, signed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal this past offseason, yielded three runs and three hits over five innings, striking out six without a walk, in a 6-0 victory at Oakland on April 24.
Escobar had been reached for eight runs and 16 hits over 11 2-3 innings in his previous two outings.
He threw a hard bullpen session Sunday in Minnesota before declaring himself ready to go against the Tigers. Escobar has had tremendous career success against the Twins, going 4-0 with eight saves, two complete games and a 2.08 ERA in 14 appearances, including five starts.
The Angels have taken the first two games of the series and won four in a row overall, including Tuesday’s 11-4 rout. Bengie Molina and Jose Guillen each homered and drove in three runs for Anaheim, which has won 18 of its last 20 meetings with Detroit.