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Series Preview: Tigers at Dodgers

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(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Detroit Tigers (39-33) at Los Angeles Dodgers (32-41)

Probable Pitchers:
Monday June 20, 10:10p:
RHP Brad Penny (5-5, 4.93, 36 K, 27 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Matt Kemp (2 for 5, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Juan Uribe (1 for 7, 3 K)

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LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-3, 2.28, 106 K, 31 BB)
Hitter to Fear: No Tiger has a hit against Kershaw.
Hitter to Fail: Miguel Cabrera (0 for 2, 1 K)

Tuesday June 21, 10:10p:
RHP Max Scherzer (9-2, 4.32, 80 K, 32 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Andre Ethier (5 for 12, 1 2B, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Matt Kemp (0 for 13, 4 K)

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RHP Chad Billingsley (5-6, 4.65, 80 K, 38 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Austin Jackson (2 for 3, 1 2B)
Hitter to Fail: Miguel Cabrera (0 for 12, 4 K)

Wednesday June 22, 3:10p:
RHP Rick Porcello (6-5, 4.18, 43 K, 24 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Jamey Carroll (4 for 8, 1 BB)
Hitter to Fail: Casey Blake (0 for 2)

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LHP Ted Lilly (5-6, 4.26, 60 K, 17 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Jhonny Peralta (2 for 6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Ramon Santiago (1 for 5, 1 K)

What to Watch For:
1. Penny returns to Dodger Stadium - Tigers pitcher Brad Penny played for the Dodgers from 2004-2008, he was a 16 game winner in 2006 and 2007 with them. He is career 4-4 with a 4.44 ERA against his old team. In his last 3 starts, Penny is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA.

2. Dodger pitchers struggling - The Tigers get to face Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, and veteran Ted Lilly, all who have been struggling as of late. Kershaw has not won a game since May 13th, Billingsley has an ERA of 11.20 in his last 3 starts, and Lilly has been struggling after pitching after the 5th inning.

3. V-Mart and his sizzling bat - Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is carrying a .329 average so far this season. In his last 10 games, he is 16 for 37 (.432) with 1 HR and 9 RBIs.

On Deck:
Tigers continue interleague play at home on Friday with a series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. On Sunday, the Tigers will officially retire Sparky Anderson's number at Comerica Park.