Tigers back in action tonight against the Twins, at Comerica at 7:05

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Robertson gets the call against Twins

04/26/2006 9:00 PM ET

By Sandy Burgin / Special to MLB.com

The Tigers, fresh off a very successful 6-3 West Coast road trip, return to Comerica Park on Friday to begin a seven-game homestand.The Tigers will send left-hander Nate Robertson to the mound to face the Twins and Brad Radke.

Radke has been somewhat of a Tigers tamer as he has a career record of 19-6 with a 4.49 ERA against Detroit.

Both pitchers are 2-2 on the season.

The 13 wins by the Tigers so far this month are the most wins during the month of April by the club since it posted a 15-7 record in April 1993.

"We are doing just fine," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "We are going to work on making adjustments with two strikes and hitting better with two outs. We will talk about that and try to improve on them.

Despite noting needed improvements, Leyland was quick to applaud his club's recent road trip.

"I don't want to be negative, I don't think that's fair," Leyland said. "After a trip like this, these kids played their [rear ends] off. If you wan to get into the elite whatever it's just we need to do a few things, yet. No question about it.

"I like what we have to work with, so I am very pleased. We pitched tremendous on this trip. For the most part we played good defense. We won some close games, and I'm very happy with them."

Pitching matchup
MIN: RHP Brad Radke (2-2, 7.50 ERA)
Radke has given up eight home runs so far this season.

DET: LHP Nate Robertson (2-2, 4.98 ERA)
Robertson is coming off seven scoreless innings in Seattle last Saturday.

Player to watch
Placido Polanco has hit safely in 15 of the 20 games he has played thus far. He is one of the best two-strike hitters in baseball and is hitting .289.