Series Preview: Tigers at Indians

Detroit Tigers (61-53) at Cleveland Indians (56-56)

Probable Pitchers:
Tuesday August 9, 7:05p:
RHP Doug Fister (4-12, 3.29, 89 K, 32 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Michael Brantley (3 for 8, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Carlos Santana (0 for 5, 1 K)

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RHP Justin Masterson (9-7, 2.63, 121 K, 43 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Austin Jackson (5 for 12, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Alex Avila (0 for 8, 4 K)

Wednesday August 10, 7:05p:
RHP Rick Porcello (11-6, 4.49, 73 K, 30 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Carlos Santana (3 for 6, 2 HR, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Michael Brantley (3 for 13)

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RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-9, 4.64, 125 K, 54 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (4 for 10, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Ryan Raburn (0 for 1)

Thursday August 11, 7:05p:
RHP Justin Verlander (16-5, 2.30, 186 K, 38 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Michael Brantley (7 for 16, 1 3B, 4 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Asdrubal Cabrera (5 for 30, 11 K)

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RHP Fausto Carmona (5-11, 5.19, 70 K, 40 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Victor Martinez (4 for 9, 3 2B)
Hitter to Fail: Wilson Betemit (1 for 10, 1 K)

What to Watch For:
1. Porcello still on fire - Tigers starter Rick Porcello didn't get the win in his last start against the Royals, but he hasn't lost a game since June 28th. He is 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA in his last 3 starts. Even more impressive, he is career 4-0 with a 2.32 ERA against the Cleveland Indians.

2. Valverde goes for Tigers history - Tigers closer Jose Valverde has converted 32 saves for the Tigers this season. With his next save opportunity, he could pass Willie Hernandez for most consecutive saves in Tigers history.

On Deck:
Tigers travel to Baltimore to take on the Orioles on Friday for a 3-game series.

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