Justin Verlander and Ubaldo Jimenez have already become quite familiar with each other this season.
They'll renew acquaintances again Friday night as Verlander and the Detroit Tigers host Jimenez and the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a three-game series.
Detroit (32-26) hopes Verlander can continue the recent dominance by the team's starting pitchers, while Cleveland (30-29) gets a chance to end its struggles and chip into the Tigers' 2 1/2-game lead in the AL Central.
Tigers starters have gone at least six innings in each of the last 13 games while allowing more than three runs once, posting a 2.49 ERA and 114 strikeouts over 94 innings - though the team is 6-7 over that span.
Detroit received another quality outing Thursday from Max Scherzer, who yielded one run across seven innings in a 5-2 home victory over Tampa Bay.
"We feed off each other, but we've also pushed the bar so dang high," Scherzer said. "Everybody wants to try to match that...