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Series Preview Pt. 2: Mariners at Tigers

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Seattle Mariners (33-31) at Detroit Tigers (34-29)

Probable Pitchers:
Saturday June 11, 7:05p:
RHP Michael Pineda (6-3, 2.33, 76 K)
Hitter to Fear: Alex Avila (1 for 3, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Austin Jackson (0 for 3, 2 K)

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RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 4.68, 72 K)
Hitter to Fear: Adam Kennedy (3 for 6, 1 2B, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Miguel Olivo (1 for 6, 4 K)

Sunday June 12 , 1:05p:
RHP Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.29, 97 K)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (8 for 17, 2 2B, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Alex Avila (0 for 4, 2 K)

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RHP Rick Porcello (6-3, 3.58, 38 K)
Hitter to Fear: Ichiro Suzuki (5 for 12, 1 2B, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Franklin Gutierrez (0 for 5, 3 K)

What to Watch For:
1. The bats of Boesch and Peralta - Brennan Boesch is 16 for 41 (.390) with 4 homeruns and 11 RBIs in his last 10 games. Boesch is 1 for 3 with a double against Michael Pineda.
Jhonny Peralta is 13 for 37 (.351) with 3 RBIS in his last 10. He is 7 for 22 with 3 RBIs against Sunday's starter Felix Hernandez.

2. Max Scherzer and his struggling command - Though he got the victory in his last start against the Rangers, Scherzer has still been struggling with his command. Bullpen coach Jeff Jones has said there is a minor mechanical problem that has kept him in front of his pitches. In his last 3 starts, Scherzer has given up 19 runs on 24 hits.

On Deck:
The Tampa Bay Rays come back into town for a make-up game on Monday. Phil Coke will start against rookie Alex Cobb.