Blanton faces A's-killer Kenny Rogers

Blanton hopes to be more Jekyll than Hyde

After an encouraging 4-3 victory over the Tigers in the opener of a three-game series, the A's will send Joe Blanton to the mound to face veteran lefty Kenny Rogers, who has been deadly at McAfee Coliseum.

"What is [Rogers' record]? Undefeated here at the Coliseum," Nick Swisher joked after hitting two home runs in Tuesday's win. "[Rogers] is a gamer and a competitor. He's been doing it for years."

Rogers is actually 23-4 while pitching in Oakland during his 17-year career, but will be facing a positive Oakland club that answered a lot of questions on Tuesday that had surfaced over the weekend.

After starting the season with a .167 average, second baseman Mark Ellis returned to the lineup to go 2-for-4 with a double.

Starter Esteban Loaiza got past his nemesis, the fifth inning, as he allowed three runs and six hits through six innings while earning a no-decision.

The last question for the A's was answered by Huston Street, as he sent the Tigers down in order in the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Street, who had his streak of 21 straight saves snapped against the Rangers on Sunday, responded with an exclamation mark after striking out Chris Shelton, who is leading the American League in home runs and RBIs.

Pitching matchup
DET: LHP Kenny Rogers (2-1, 3.26 ERA)
The journeyman lefty is 23-4 at McAfee Coliseum. Rogers pitched a gem on May 2 last year, shutting out the A's for eight innings while giving up four hits in a 3-2 win.

OAK: RHP Joe Blanton (1-1, 4.50 ERA)
Blanton started the season almost perfect, going eight innings and not allowing a runner past first base at Seattle. His next start didn't go as well against the Twins, as he allowed 11 hits and seven runs in six innings. Blanton has never faced Detroit, and is 3-2 against the AL Central with a 2.77 ERA.

Player to watch
Frank Thomas has quite a reputation against Rogers. Thomas is 19-for-54 (.352) against the lefty during his career with 15 RBIs and five homers, four more than any other A's player.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
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On radio
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Up next
• Thursday: Athletics (LHP Barry Zito, 1-2, 7.53 ERA) vs. Tigers (RHP Jeremy Bonderman, 1-2, 6.23 ERA), 12:35 p.m. PT
• Friday: Athletics (RHP Rich Harden, 2-0, 3.66 ERA) vs. Angels (RHP John Lackey, 1-1, 5.73 ERA), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Saturday: Athletics (RHP Dan Haren, 0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Angels (RHP Jeff Weaver, 0-2, 5.12 ERA), 1:05 p.m. PT

Ryan Quinn is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.