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Gavin Floyd expected to get start Wednesday vs. Tigers

A.J. Pierzynski

A.J. Pierzynski

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TONIGHT

TIGERS AT SOX

The facts: 7:10, CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.

The pitchers: Doug Fister (8-8, 3.54 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (10-10, 3.22).

Updated: October 12, 2012 6:16AM



Gavin Floyd [elbow flexor straing] will come off the disabled list and is expected to start Wednesday night in the third game of their crucial four-game series with the Tigers.

Francisco Liriano gets bumped off his regular turn to the bullpen, but if he isn’t needed in relief Wednesday he will likely get a start against the Twins in Minnesota this weekend, pitching coach Don Cooper said.

“I didn’t feel any pain where it affected the way I threw,’’ said Floyd, who threw 50 pitches in the bullpen Sunday. “It felt good, and I’m excited to see what we come up with.”

Floyd is 7-2 lifetime against the Tigers, including 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts this season. Cooper said he’d be more than pleased with six good innings Wednesday.

“I think realistically, six would be a huge bonus,’’ Cooper said. “If he can go for six innings and keep us in the game and give us a chance to win, huge bonus, huge shot in the arm. Gavin’s back and we can continue to untrack him.’’

“It’s a game,’’ Floyd said of the magnitude of facing the Tigers. “You just do your job. No matter if it’s playoffs or means a lot or doesn’t mean so much. You got to compete and try to and win.”

Tension-free zone

As the closer, Addison Reed has a read on the temperature of the pressure cooker. Around the Sox, it’s not too hot.

“I don’t sense any sort of tension or anybody trying to do too much,’’ Reed said before Monday’s game. “We’re a relaxed team and have been playing that way all year. If you start to tense up and do too much that can put you into a funk and get you out of a rhythm.’’

Reed pitched the ninth on Monday night. With almost a full season under his belt, Reed doesn’t feel much like a rookie any more.

“I don’t really just because the guys don’t treat us like rookies,’’ he said. “The situations and roles they’ve put us in to contribute … the way they act toward us.’’

Little progress

Adam Dunn did not swing a bat Monday and manager Robin Ventura said again he could miss the series with his strained oblique.

“You don’t know until he starts moving around, swinging the bat,’’ Ventura said.

Dunn said he came back too soon from the injury, which occurred on a check swing on Aug. 29 in Baltimore.

“It’s up to the player and how they heal,’’ Ventura said. “[Trainer] Herm [Schneider] has got him in there doing stuff and everybody heals differently so whenever he’s healthy he’ll go.’’



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