Doug Fister's return to the mound for the Detroit Tigers comes at a place he should know very well.
The right-hander comes off the disabled list Monday night to make his first appearance in Seattle and against the Mariners since they traded him to the Tigers last summer.
Fister allowed three hits and struck out three in 3 2-3 innings April 7 against Boston before he left the game with a left side strain. Though the recovery has been longer than he expected, Fister is finally ready to return.
"He's a little rusty, but he's ready to go," manager Jim Leyland told the Tigers' official website. "He feels totally confident that he's ready to go."
After breaking in with Seattle in 2009, Fister went 12-30 with a 3.82 ERA in 59 starts for the Mariners before Detroit acquired him in a six-player deal at last year's trade deadline.
He looks to help the Tigers avoid a fifth consecutive loss to Seattle (13-17), which outscored them 21-9 while sweeping a three-game set at Comerica Park last month.
"We played some good baseball (in Detroit) and we won in different types of games," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website.
Though the Mariners have won eight of the last 10 against the Tigers - all in Detroit -Seattle dropped two of three at home to Leyland's club last season.
Detroit took two of three from Chicago at home over the weekend despite totaling 10 runs. The Tigers have scored three or fewer runs in 14 of their 27 games.
"I have no idea (why we haven't been scoring)," Leyland said. "You can look at some numbers until you're blue in the face. You got to go out and make it happen."
Austin Jackson, Prince Fielder and Andy Dirks each homered in Sunday's 3-1 win as the Tigers pounded out 10 hits but went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
"It's good to get a lot of runners on base,' said Dirks, hitting .313 with two homers and seven RBIs in 15 games this season. "We didn't quite get the hit when we needed it, but we're coming around.'
Fielder, who has four homers and 13 RBIs, went 5 for 11 against the White Sox to bring his average back to .300. He's hit .304 (7 for 23) in six games against the Mariners.
Seattle pitchers yielded two runs in two straight victories over Minnesota following a season-high seven-game skid. Jesus Montero had a two-run double and Kyle Seager also drove in a run during Sunday's 5-2 victory over the Twins.
"We have a lot of confidence after getting the two wins and heading into the next series," second baseman Dustin Ackley said. "We know are pitching is going to help keep us in the game.
The Mariners hope Blake Beavan (1-3, 4.45) can bounce back from his worst start of the season when he faces Detroit for the first time. The right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits - including two homers - in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Montero, who went 5 for 14 with three RBIs against the Tigers last month, has batted .400 (8 for 20) in his last five games.
Seager is 7 for 18 (.389) with 10 RBIs in the last five.
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