BOSTON -- Red Sox right-hander Derek Lowe makes his final start of the season against the Tigers tonight. The next time he pitches in a Tigers game, it theoretically could be for the Tigers. Lowe can be a free agent after this season. Even though he hasn't had his best season this year, he could interest the Tigers if they decide to pursue a veteran starting pitcher in the off-season. Lowe might not take much as much persuading to come to Detroit as some other pitchers. He's a native of Dearborn, went to Dearborn Edsel Ford, and still has family and friends in the metro Detroit area. It's unfair to expect Lowe to handicap where he'll pitch next season; his main focus now is trying to help the Red Sox reach the post-season. But on Thursday, when it was mentioned to him that people are starting to wonder if the Tigers will pursue him, Lowe said nothing that ruled out Detroit as a possible destination. "One thing about being a free agent is that teams that pursue you are ones that you thought might not pursue you," he said. "That's the beauty of it. "There are a lot of teams this year that have gotten competitive, and Detroit is one of them. You look at their team, and the hitting is phenomenal. They have a great young pitching staff. If you could add a starter and some pieces, you've got yourself a very good team. "The beauty of our team is that you have absolutely bona-fide true aces," Lowe continued, referring to Boston starters Curt Schilling and Pedro Martinez. "Everyone gets pushed down in the lineup. If you get a front-line starter for the Tigers, and let those kids go down a slot in the rotation, you take a lot of pressure off them, and they could be even better, I think." In evaluating whether Lowe is a top-of-the-rotation starter, consider this: Although he's only 8-for-25 in quality starts this season, he won 38 games combined in the two seasons before this one. The only big-league pitcher to win more games over that span was Toronto's Roy Halladay. Lowe had those strong seasons in a home park known for hitting, Fenway Park. On Thursday, Lowe added a final thought about Detroit and Comerica Park: "A pitcher's park, too, by the way." Derek seems extremly high on Detroit and right now I would say he is the front-runner to come here after this year. We will see how good he is tonight.