Rockies-Tigers Preview

It’s been a rough start to Doug Fister’s first full season in

Detroit.

The right-hander hopes things get better when he returns from

his second stint on the disabled list Saturday looking to help the

Tigers even their home series with the Colorado Rockies.

Detroit (30-34) was hoping for big things from Fister (0-3, 3.15

ERA), who went 7-1 with a 1.87 ERA in 10 regular season starts for

the Tigers last year after they acquired him from Seattle. However,

he landed on the DL with a strained left side following his first

start of the season. Fister returned to make five more starts

before going back on the shelf May 30 with the same injury.

Apparently healthy again, Fister returns to the mound Saturday

for the first time since he allowed season highs of six runs and 11

hits in five innings of a 7-4 loss at Boston on May 28.

“Getting out there this weekend is going to be a good feeling,”

Fister said. “Something I’ve been looking forward to.”

Fister and the Tigers hope his health problems are finally

behind him and he can focus on regaining his successful form from

the end of 2011.

“I think he’s over the hump this time, but we’ll see,” manager

Jim Leyland said.

Making his first appearance against the Rockies, Fister looks to

help the Tigers rebound from Friday’s 12-4, 10-inning loss to

Colorado. Detroit had won five of seven entering this weekend’s

series.

Carlos Gonzalez’s three-run homer highlighted an eight-run 10th

to help the Rockies (25-38) snap an eight-game skid. Colorado also

became the last team in the majors this season to earn an

interleague victory.

“It’s great to get that stigma off our back,” said manager Jim

Tracy, whose team improved to 1-9 against AL opponents. “This is

really good for our club.”

Gonzalez, who had three hits, is 11 for 28 (.393) with three

home runs and six RBIs in his last six games.

Teammate Michael Cuddyer also homered and had three of

Colorado’s 16 hits Friday. Formerly of AL Central rival Minnesota,

Cuddyer is batting .327 with two homers in his last 12 games at

Comerica Park.

While the Rockies’ bats played a big role in helping end the

team’s extended skid, the pitching staff allowed fewer than six

runs for the first time in nine contests.

“It’s been a tough stretch and we needed this,” said Colorado

starter Jeff Francis, who allowed all four runs in 5 1-3

innings.

Christian Friedrich (4-2, 5.85) hopes to bounce back from the

worst start of his rookie season when he takes the ball Saturday

for the Rockies. After giving up four hits in seven innings of a

4-0 win at Arizona in his previous outing, the left-hander

surrendered nine runs and 10 hits – three homers – in four innings

of Sunday’s 10-8 home loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

He’ll try to contain Detroit’s Prince Fielder, who had two hits

and an RBI on Friday. Fielder is batting .385 with 17 RBIs in his

last 21 games, and .378 in his last 11 versus Colorado.