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Series Preview: Tigers at Rockies

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(Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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Detroit Tigers (38-31) at Colorado Rockies (33-35)

Probable Pitchers:
Friday June 17, 8:40p:
RHP Rick Porcello (6-4, 3.61, 43 K, 22 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Ty Wigginton (2 for 3, 2B, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Seth Smith (0 for 3)

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RHP Jason Hammel (3-6, 3.65, 45 K, 27 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Jhonny Peralta (4 for 9, 1 2B, 3 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Victor Martinez (0 for 4)

Saturday June 18, 8:10p:
LHP Phil Coke (1-6, 3.69, 33 K, 19 BB)
Hitter to Fear: -
Hitter to Fail: *Ty Wigginton (1 for 4, 1 K)
*Ty Wigginton is the only Rockies player to face Coke

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RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-7, 4.63, 62 K, 31 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (3 for 8, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: None (All Tigers hitters are over .300 against Jimenez)

Sunday June 19, 3:10p:
RHP Justin Verlander (8-3, 2.66, 105 K, 26 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Troy Tulowitzki (1 for 2, 2B)
Hitter to Fail: Ty Wigginton (2 for 9, 3 K)

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*Aaron Cook (0-1, 3.97, 6 K, 6 BB)
Hitter to Fear: **Miguel Cabrera (2 for 4, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: -
*Subject to change, Rockies have not announced starter yet
**Miguel Cabrera is the only Tigers player to face Cook

What to Watch For:
1. Hammel sore back - Rockies starter Jason Hammel left his last start against the Dodgers after just 83 pitches. A sore back left him struggling with his command, only landing 42 of his 83 pitches for strikes. In his last 3 starts, Hammel is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA.

2. Jimenez not a Tiger killer - After a rough season thus far, Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound against the Tigers on Saturday night. He is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA against the Tigers. Cabrera, Martinez, Ordonez, and Santiago all have averages of .333 or higher against him.

3. Verlander on fire - Tigers starter Justin Verlander is 12-2 in Interleague Play. In his last 3 starts, he's 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and 29 strikeouts. Although he is not on fire with his bat, he is still looking for his first career hit. He is 0 for 16 career with 10 strikeouts. Not that it matters at all though.

4. Whose on 3rd? - Alex Avila will start at third base for the game tonight. Unless he has 5 or more errors, you'll likely see him there throughout the entire west coast trip. Don't forget, he did play third base at Alabama. Avila is hitting .424 with 6 RBIs in his last 10 games. I'm fine with him playing third.

On Deck:
Tigers travel to Los Angeles for a 3-game series against the Dodgers on Monday through Wednesday. Then it's back home on Friday for a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.