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Detroit Tigers
@ Los Angeles Dodgers

Sunday, May 23, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT
Dodger Stadium

Rick Porcello vs Hiroki Kuroda

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from left to right field at 10-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Rick Porcello

#48 / Pitcher / Detroit Tigers

6-5

200

R

R

Dec 27, 1988



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Rick Porcello 3-4 8 8 0 0 0 0 44.0 58 31 29 3 16 23 5.93 1.68

vs.


Hiroki Kuroda

#18 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers

6-1

190

R

R

Feb 10, 1975



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Hiroki Kuroda 5-1 8 8 0 0 0 0 53.1 54 24 17 4 14 39 2.87 1.27

Thank goodness, the game will be back on Fox Sports Detroit where it belongs. I'll never be a fan of the Fox network calling dibs for 25 percent of the teams in the MLB and proclaiming each game to be nationally televised. No, the Subway Series was nationally televised. The rest of the games? Regional interest.

So Big Fox gets to televise a few regional television games while subjecting fans of the teams to the likes of Dirk Stockton. Er, Dick. Well at least I researched what the names of the participants were unlike a certain play-by-play announcer who can't even tell 1984 from 1988 and needs to accept that it is time to retire.

What an abomination. OK, that said time to preview today's game.

What a mess the Tigers' rotation was for this series. You have the likes of Dontrelle Willis and Armando Galarraga starting in the first two games. Neither player deserves to be in the major leagues.

Things couldn't help but get better so Detroit's got Rick Porcello on the mound this afternoon, but he's going against one of the best Dodgers starters.

And Detroit is trying to avoid the sweep.

What a turnaround since the fun of Thursday night!

This is the fifth interleague start of Porcello's career. He's 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA in the other four. He's also 2-for-5 at the plate.

Meaningless but interesting stats from the game notes: The Tigers are 15-8 when Adam Everett starts and 10-13 when Ramon Santiago does. They're 16-10 when Gerald Laird starts, but 8-9 when Alex Avila does.