Some recent success against NL opponents has the Detroit Tigers feeling confident.
Interleague play has only added to the Colorado Rockies' struggles.
The Tigers look for a third consecutive victory while trying to extend the Rockies' season-high skid to nine games Friday night at Comerica Park.
Detroit (30-33) is perhaps the majors' biggest underachiever this season, but it improved to 6-3 against the NL after taking four of six at Cincinnati and Chicago over the last week.
"We've got to start winning two out of three,'' said manager Jim Leyland, whose team is third in the AL Central. "That's how you crawl back into the thing.''
Austin Jackson had three hits with three RBIs and Justin Verlander struck out eight over eight innings in Thursday's 5-3 win over the lowly Cubs. Two of Jackson's six hits in 22 at-bats since coming off the disabled list from an abdominal strain have left the park.
Though Detroit is 8-13 against the Rockies and lost two of three at Coors Field last se...