Detroit (35-35) at Arizona (38-37)

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  • Game info: 9:40 pm EDT Sat Jun 25, 2005
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Sean Douglass is about to find out if his strong results at Triple-A will translate into success with his third different major league club.

Douglass makes his debut with the Detroit Tigers when they play the middle game of a weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Detroit purchased Douglass’ contract from Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. The journeyman right-hander, who previously spent time with Baltimore and Toronto, was brought up in part due to his 9-1 mark and 2.87 ERA in 14 starts for the Mud Hens.

“We needed a fifth starter,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. ”(Douglass) is the guy who is most deserving given his record.”

The 26-year-old allowed one run and two hits over 7 1-3 innings in his last start with Toledo on Sunday. Douglass, who was named to the International League All-Star team, is 2-8 with a 6.51 ERA in 36 career major league appearances, including 15 starts.

He is hoping to follow the lead of former Toledo teammate Chris Shelton, who has shined since being recalled by Detroit on May 31. Shelton is batting .300 (9-for-30) over the last eight games with six runs scored.

“I think it’s starting to come back down to where it’s just baseball,” Shelton said. “It’s the same game you’ve been playing forever, just on the highest level.”

The Tigers expect to have Dmitri Young back in the lineup Saturday after the first baseman did not start the last two games due to a sore right index finger. Young is batting just .225 (16-for-71) in June.

Arizona opened the series with a 2-1 victory Friday by plating a pair of unearned runs to back 6 1-3 effective innings by starter Shawn Estes. Luis Gonzalez scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on Shawn Green’s sacrifice fly.

The Diamondbacks began a stretch in which they play 13 of 16 games at home. They won for just the fifth time in 13 games at Bank One Ballpark.

“When you get a stretch like this at home with the only three games away being against the Dodgers and getting the Giants here, too, it’s time for us to step up a little bit,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

“We’ve been a little middle of the ground, but playing slightly below average for quite some time, and it’s time to step it up.”

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S. Douglass Cle vs. J. Vázquez Mia
5-5 Record 11-15
5.56 ERA 4.42
55 K 192
33 BB 46
1.43 WHIP 1.25