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Richards shuts down the D-backs over eight

A couple of inexperienced hurlers have been called up from Triple-A to square off on Tuesday in the second game of a four-game series between the Angels and Tigers at Comerica Park.

For the visitors, Garrett Richards gets the call, despite posting a 12.46 ERA in his last two appearances. The right-hander gave up seven runs against Baltimore on July 5 and surrendered 10 runs -- five earned -- at Toronto on June 30, lasting 4 1/3 innings in each start.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia described the 24-year-old as "a young pitcher that's still developing, with a power arm."

"Some of the things he's going through are not uncommon," Scioscia continued. "When he makes his pitches in good zones, his stuff plays big time in the Major Leagues. That's where hopefully he's going to be as he continues to progress."

Richards brings a 4.21 ERA and a 2-1 record this season into his start in Detroit. He'll be opposed by Jacob Turner, a 21-year-old making just his fourth career Major League start and second of 2012.

Turner allowed one run on four hits against the Cardinals on June 21. The righty went five innings, striking out three batters and issuing five walks.

"I could tell that he had worked on some fundamental things like holding runners better and things of that nature -- and his velocity's back up now," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Hopefully he'll come up here and pitch a good game for us [Tuesday] night, because we need to win games."

Turner is starting Tuesday in place of Drew Smyly, who on Saturday landed on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain. Turner is the No. 10 prospect in baseball and the No. 1 prospect in the Tigers' organization.

"What I do like about him is he's a smart guy and he's very bright," Leyland said. "He knew he had to critique some things in his delivery to get the ball to the plate quicker and everything, and you can tell that he worked on that. I'm proud of him for that. He's smart enough to figure all that out."

Angels: Trout a terror on the basepaths
• Mike Trout has stolen 30 bases in 2012, making him one of just six rookies in Angels history to reach 30 steals and the first since Chad Curtis, who posted 43 steals in 1992. It took Trout just 66 games to accomplish the feat, and he'll have a chance to break the club's rookie record for steals in a season, which was set in 1984 when Gary Pettis stole 48 bags.

• Mark Trumbo is batting .305 (53-for-174) with 19 home runs and 43 RBIs since May 25. Trumbo leads the Angels with 25 homers and 62 RBIs in 2012. He's just five home runs away from becoming the first Angels player to go yard 30 times in a season since Kendrys Morales hit the mark in 2009. In two plate appearances against Turner, Trumbo is 0-for-2 with a couple of strikeouts.

• The Angels optioned third baseman Andrew Romine to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday night to make room for Richards.

Tigers: Cabrera approaching homer milestone
• Miguel Cabrera is batting .358 (87-for-243) with 22 doubles, 13 home runs and 52 RBIs over his last 60 games, dating back to May 10. He has 297 career home runs, needing three more to join Andres Galarraga as the only Venezuelan-born players to hit 300 big flies.

• Austin Jackson scored another run Monday night, marking the 13th straight game he has crossed the plate, a streak that dates back to June 30. It is the longest such streak by a Tigers player since Johnny Groth scored a run in 13 straight games for Detroit in August 1950.

• The Tigers optioned right-hander Luis Marte to Triple-A Toledo on Monday night to make room for Turner.

Worth noting
• Albert Pujols is batting .478 (22-for-46) with four home runs and eight RBIs in 14 career games against the Tigers. In 55 career games against the Angels, Jhonny Peralta has hit .322 (66-for-205) with nine home runs and 31 RBIs.

• The Tigers won Monday's game, 8-6, which was the first time in 2012 that Detroit and Los Angeles have played each other. Last year, the Angels won the season series, 4-3. Comments