DETROIT -- Allen Webster has been waiting for more than a month to make amends for his last major league start.
Saturday night, he'll get that chance.
Webster will get a spot start Saturday night against Detroit. It will be his third this season.
The first one, on April 21, went well enough. Pitching against Kansas City, Webster went six innings and alllowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out five and walking just one.
But three weeks later, pitching against Minnesota, Webster lasted just an inning and two-thirds, rocked for eight runs on six hits.
"It was a bad day,'' said Webster, "just a bad day all around. My fastball command (was off). I try to learn from it, go from there and try not to let it happen again. I've wanted to put it behind me since a minute after it happened. It's tough (waiting). But I'm going to get my chance Saturday and go from there.''
Having already made two starts in the big leagues, Webster can feel more of a comfort factor this time around.
"All the guys made it comfortable for me from the first start,'' he said. "Coming up for the third one, I'm kind of figuring out where to go, what time to be where, stuff like that. It's getting a little easier.''
Webster went through a rough patch with his command at Triple A after that poor start in Boston, but recently pitched better.
"Just pounding the strike zone, throwing it in there and letting my team behind me make the plays,'' said Webster. "I was just missing a little bit.''
* John Farrell had outlined two straight starts at third base for Will Middlebrooks as this series began, but with Middlebrooks going 0-for-4 in the opener Thursday night, that plan changed.
Instead, Middlebrooks was on the bench and Jose Iglesias, who had hit safely in 19 of the last 20 games, was at third.
It marked the fourth time in the last seven games that Middlebrooks has been on the bench.
"I spoke with Will after the game (Thursday) night,'' said Farrell. "I just felt like, through competition, Iggy's playing well. In talking with (Middlebrooks) is starting to see the ball better. And yet, we've got that internal competition that we're responding to.''
Middlebrooks is hitting just .138 since coming off the DL on June 10.