To salvage a winning record on the current nine-game road trip, the Cardinals will have to sweep the three-game set from the Tigers. Right-handers Braden Looper and Brad Thompson, who have scored the only victories on the trip, will pitch Friday and Sunday.
With an off day for travel on Thursday and an off day before the start of their next homestand on Tuesday in St. Louis, the Cardinals' starters will have an extra day or two of rest.
Right-hander Adam Wainwright, who said his elbow had been bothering him earlier in the season, will have six days off before he pitches again Tuesday. Wainwright, who said his elbow didn't affect him in his last start in Los Angeles, didn't make it out of the third inning, giving up eight runs, walking four and fanning none.
NOTES AND QUOTES
--C Yadier Molina's 10-game hitting streak is his longest of his career by three games.
--The Cardinals have hit only two home runs this month -- both by LF Chris Duncan.
--Manager Tony La Russa, on struggling RHP Adam Wainwright: "We've got major issues with Adam pitching effectively. I don't think health is the issue."
--OF Rick Ankiel, hitting .318 with nine homers and 31 RBIs, is on the disabled list at Class AAA Memphis with an Achilles tendon injury.
--The Cardinals will have their first opportunity to use a designated hitter this season when interleague play begins Friday at Detroit. Last year, the Cardinals hit .342 in 38 at-bats but with only one homer and one RBI.