Pirates/Tigers scouting report
Record: 25-34, fourth in the American League Central
Player to watch: Infielder Damion Easley on Friday became the ninth player in Tigers history, and the first in the majors this season, to hit for the cycle.
Pitching matchups: Tonight: RHP Todd Ritchie (0-8, 5.15 ERA) vs. RHP Dave Mlicki (4-6, 6.14), 7:05 p.m.; Wednesday: LHP Joe Beimel (2-1, 2.58) vs. RHP Jeff Weaver (5-6, 3.39), 7:05 p.m.; Thursday: RHP Omar Olivares (2-7, 7.21) vs. RHP Steve Sparks (3-2, 4.15), 7:05 p.m.
TV/radio: All three games will be televised by Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh and broadcast on KDKA-AM (1020) and the Pirates radio network.
Notes: The Pirates have scored a total of nine runs in Ritchie's past six starts. ... Ritchie is 2-2 with a 5.60 ERA in five career games against the Tigers, but he is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in Detroit. ... Tigers rookie catcher Brandon Inge leads the AL by throwing out 48.6 percent of baserunners trying to steal. ... Detroit has hit 21 triples, most in the majors. CF Roger Cedeno has five, second-most in the American League. ... Tigers reliever Matt Anderson ranks first in the AL in stranding 95.7 percent of inherited runners.