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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 08/03/2011

Leading off: Fister takes on Rangers in debut for Tigers

Game of the day: Texas at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. The Tigers hope newly-acquired starter Doug Fister will stabilize the back end of the rotation down the stretch for a team with a 4-17 record in games started by a pitcher other than its top four starters — Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Brad Penny. Fister, brought over in a deadline deal with Seattle, has a chance to leave a good first impression on his new team Wednesday when he makes his Detroit debut at home against the defending American League champions. The Tigers, who are seeking their first division title since 1987, could start by scoring the 6-foot-8 right-hander some runs. The Mariners plated two runs or less in 16 of Fister’s 21 starts this season — a major reason for his 3-12 record. Fister’s last win came on May 30 against Baltimore despite six quality starts in 10 outings since then. He’ll be opposed by Texas left-hander Matt Harrison, who is 3-0 with a 2.04 ERA in his past five starts.

Other game to watch: New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd has beaten Detroit, Cleveland and Boston in his three start since the All-Star Break. The Annapolis native pitched at least seven innings and allowed one earned run or fewer in each of those outings. He’ll try to add to that impressive stretch at home against the Yankees. New York turns to A.J. Burnett to deliver a third straight win to start the four-game series. The right-hander didn’t ring up a win during the month of July and hasn’t delivered a quality start since beating Milwaukee on June 29.

Florida 4, New York Mets 3 The Marlins plated a pair of runs on Justin Turner’s throwing error with one out in the top of the ninth to beat the Mets. Trailing by a run, Florida pinch-hitter Bryan Petersen hit a bases loaded grounder to second. Turner fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw to first sailed high and wide, and Logan Morrison and Mike Cameron scored to put the Marlins ahead. Leo Nunez closed out the win — which moved Florida back to the .500 mark for the season and into a tie with the Mets for third in the National League East — with his 31st save in 35 chances.

Boston 3, Cleveland 2 Jacoby Ellsbury’s one-out single to center brought home pinch runner Jared Saltalamacchia with the game-winning run as the Red Sox celebrated a walk-off victory Tuesday night. It was the centerfielder’s first career game-ending hit. In a game delayed by rain at the outset for nearly two hours, Boston didn’t do much against Cleveland starter David Huff but scored a pair of runs off the Indians’ bullpen. The Red Sox stayed a game ahead of the Yankees in the race for the best record in the American League with their sixth walk-off win of the season.

Stat you should know: 1 The number of losses by Tampa Bay starter David Price to Toronto after dropping a duel with Ricky Romero, 3-1. Price had eight wins and one no decision in his first nine career starts against the Blue Jays. The left-hander pitched well again, turning in a quality start (6.2 innings, 3 earned runs) on Tuesday, but Romero allowed just one run on one hit in eight strong innings to lead Toronto.

Star of the night: Mark Teixeira launched a pair of home runs — bringing his season total to 31 — to power the Yankees to a 6-0 win against the White Sox. The switch-hitting first baseman finished 3 for 4 with the two home runs and three RBI. With a two-run blast in the third inning, Teixeira reached the 30-home run plateau for the eighth consecutive season. He added a solo shot in the seventh for his third multi-home run game of the season. It was the 12th time he’s homered from both sides of the plate in the same game, setting a new major league record.

Chatter: “I had no idea who he was. No disrespect to him, but he’s not in our league and he just got traded over here.” — Detroit’s Brennan Boesch on facing new Rangers reliever Mike Adams. Boesch hit a go-ahead eighth inning homer off Adams, who was picked up from San Diego over the weekend, in the right-hander’s Texas debut. The solo home run — Boesch’s 16th of the season — proved the difference in the Tigers’ 6-5 win.

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