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Tigers, Pirates face quick turnaround for series finale

The break will be scarce for Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers visitors when they close out a two-game series on Wednesday.

The early afternoon game will begin no more than 12 hours after the Tigers won 5-3 on Tuesday in a rain-delayed competition.

Detroit ended a three-game losing streak and cooled the Pirates, who had won five of six and allowed a total of one run in their previous two games.

At the end of the series, Detroit right-hander Alex Faedo (1-2, 3.09 effective) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (2-5, 5.77).

Probably.

Detroit was initially scheduled to go with Tarik Skubal on Tuesday, but returned it on Wednesday when inclement weather seemed to disrupt Tuesday’s game. Then the storm came in time to delay the start by more than two hours instead of causing a stop in the game, so Skubal was reinstated and threw seven strong innings.

Faedo would have had his start delayed to Friday with a day off for the Tigers if Skubal had not pitched on Tuesday. Now, except for more unexpected moves, Faedo will start on Wednesday.

He made his Major League debut on May 4 against the Pirates, when he conceded two runs and eight hits in five innings with a ball base and a strikeout during an undecided one.

Faedo comes from a no-decision decision against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, when he conceded two runs and five hits in five innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

“His effort has been tremendous, (but) his execution has been below what we’ve seen,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “But if five innings and two runs are less than your best, that’s pretty good.”

Keller, after two relief appearances in what could be a season mark or break for the 26-year-old, had a solid start on May 31 in Los Angeles. Keller limited the Dodgers to two runs with two hits and five assists with five strikeouts in five innings. He got his first win as a starter, improving to 1-5 with an effectiveness of 6.21 in that role.

Something to watch for Wednesday is Keller’s use of his new release, A Sinker. He said he threw it once on May 18, but the pitch knocked down the Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras. Against Los Angeles, he worked on it more.

“It was something we played with, Mitch talked, he and Oscar (Marin, the pitching coach) started talking and we were playing in the bullpen,” Pirates coach Derek Shelton said. “He presented it and it looked like a really efficient release.”

Keller acknowledged that the sewer is still a work in progress.

“I still don’t think my command on that is really good,” Keller said. “Some of those shots that I was trying to get into the middle of were a back door called strike threes. It’s not where I want it to be yet, but I feel comfortable where I have more margin with the field.

“If I leave him in the middle of the zone or in the zone, he has enough movement where he’s going to keep the balance of the batters.”

In his career, Keller is 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA in three outings against the Tigers.

–Media at field level

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