Rays-Tigers Preview

The Associated Press

No matter how poorly the Detroit Tigers have played of late, they continue to fare well against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Tigers look for a fourth consecutive victory over the visiting Rays on Wednesday night.

Detroit (31-25) had lost five of six before it rolled to a 10-1 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Prince Fielder homered for one of his three hits and had four RBIs as the Tigers beat the Rays (31-26) for the 13th time in 16 games.

They've won seven of eight at home over Tampa Bay, which had won seven of eight coming into this set. Jhonny Peralta had three hits and Omar Infante added three RBIs as Detroit scored six runs in three innings off Matt Moore, who suffered his first loss of 2013.

"It was a great night," outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo said. "(Moore) has some great secondary pitches - a great changeup and curveball - so we really wanted to just get after his fastball and not miss that when he threw it."

Fielder, who has a chance to homer in four straight games for the third time in his career, is batting .342 with seven RBIs during a nine-game hit streak. He's hit .326 with 11 RBIs in 13 career games against the Rays.

Teammate Torii Hunter's 11-game hitting streak ended after he went 0 for 4 on Tuesday. He hit .341 during the streak.

Doug Fister (5-2, 3.28 ERA) takes the mound for the Tigers looking to build on his best start of the season. He allowed four hits and struck out 12 over seven innings of a 1-0, 11-inning loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday.

"I felt like I was executing well," said Fister, who is 0-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his last two starts while receiving two runs of support. "I was able to keep the ball down, move the ball in and out and make them hit the ball on the ground, which is the name of my game."

The right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.88 ERA in four starts versus Tampa Bay.

Ben Zobrist is batting .357 (5 for 14) against Fister, and had one of the Rays' four hits in the series opener. He's 7 for 19 in his last five versus Detroit.

Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.66) has not pitched since May 26 because of a cracked fingernail on his right middle finger but appears ready to return to the mound Wednesday. Cobb is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his last three starts.

"I just think the offspeed pitches, both of them, come off that finger," Cobb told the Rays' official website. "And I've been throwing a fair amount of those recently. I got a little crack there and kept throwing. And some of the rosin and stuff I use gets in there and dries it out and doesn't allow it to heal back up properly."

He is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Tigers, and Hunter has gone 6 for 9 in their matchups.

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