Arizona (26-17) at Detroit (19-21)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat May 21, 2005
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The surprising Arizona Diamondbacks can capture their fourth straight series when they meet the Detroit Tigers in the middle game of a three-game set at Comerica Park.

Arizona won the opener Friday, 6-2 for its eighth win in 10 games behind Brandon Webb’s sixth straight victory to start the season. Webb took a no-hitter into the seventh and finished by allowing two runs and six hits over eight innings.

Craig Counsell had four hits and a pair of RBIs on Friday to lead the Diamondbacks, who lost 111 games last year. Counsell has been on a tear, batting .423 (11-for-26) over the last eight games to move within four hits of 700 for his career.

Diamondbacks starter Shawn Estes is seeking a third straight win after going 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA over his last two outings. Estes gave up three runs and six hits over six innings in a 5-4 win at Colorado on Sunday.

The veteran left-hander is 1-2 with a 3.50 ERA in three road starts this season. Arizona is 4-4 in Estes’ starts.

Detroit has dropped two straight after winning three out of four. The Tigers welcomed shortstop Carlos Guillen back to the lineup Friday after Guillen missed a pair of games with swelling in his right knee.

The Tigers are 2-4 when Guillen, who went 2-for-4 on Friday to raise his average to an AL-leading .375, is not in the lineup. Manager Alan Trammell indicated that he might use Guillen as the designated hitter if the knee problems persist.

“Where do we go from today?” Trammell said. “I don’t know. We’ll just see. Basically, he’s a guy that every day you have to check with.”

Arizona manager Bob Melvin believes that Detroit would be among the contenders in the AL Central if outfielder Magglio Ordonez, who is out with a hernia, was healthy.

“If they had Magglio, there’s no telling where they’d be right now,” Melvin said.

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Starting Pitchers

S. Estes Was vs. N. Robertson Det
7-8 Record 7-16
4.80 ERA 4.48
63 K 122
45 BB 65
1.43 WHIP 1.36