Rogers takes the mound for the Detroit Tigers on Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the Athletics, losers of 10 straight.
Rogers (8-8, 4.98 ERA) is 21-7 with a 4.28 ERA in 36 starts and 24 relief appearances against Oakland (53-61) - tied with Kansas City for his most wins against any opponent. Rogers is 7-0 in his last nine starts against the A’s since last losing to them in Oakland on Sept. 16, 2004.
He faces an A’s team that has lost seven consecutive series and is a major league-worst 2-17 since the All-Star break. They were outscored 21-9 during a four-game sweep at Toronto this week.
The losing streak is Oakland’s longest in a single season since it dropped 12 straight in April 1994.
“It just seems right now that things are not going our way,” said Justin Duchscherer, who allowed four runs over five innings in Thursday’s 6-4 loss. “We’ve got to keep fighting through it until they do.”
Rogers looks to rebound after losing his last two starts. He lasted a season low-tying 3 1-3 innings Saturday in a 9-3 loss to Tampa Bay, allowing seven runs and six hits.
“I would have loved to stay out there a little longer and try to find my way out of that last inning, but it’s my own fault for not keeping my pitch total down and getting into too many jams,” said Rogers, who threw 109 pitches.
The veteran left-hander pitched seven innings against Oakland on June 2, yielding two runs and six hits in a 3-2 loss, but did not factor in the decision.
He looks to help the Tigers (56-58) win back-to-back games after they snapped a six-game losing streak Thursday with an 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who finished their road trip 3-7 and are 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading White Sox.
“We haven’t played very good,” Cabrera said. “We have to finish strong. Hopefully we can play better.”
Dallas Braden (2-2, 5.10) counters for the A’s, also trying to avoid his third straight loss. Since being recalled from the minors in July, Braden is 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA in three starts and two relief appearances.
He pitched 3 1-3 innings Sunday against Boston, allowing four runs and six hits in a 5-2 loss. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 12.34 ERA in three starts against the Tigers.
Oakland starters went 0-2 with a 6.30 ERA in their series against Toronto, and are 0-6 with a 7.20 ERA during the 10-game skid.
“If we do one thing right, we’ll do something else wrong,” Mark Ellis said. “That’s kind of the way it’s been going.”
The Tigers were swept by Oakland at McAfee Coliseum in June and have lost six of the last seven meetings.