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Series Preview: Tigers at Orioles

Detroit Tigers (62-55) at Baltimore Orioles (45-70)

Probable Pitchers:
Friday August 12, 7:05p:
RHP Brad Penny (7-9, 4.92, 53 K, 43 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Mark Reynolds (6 for 14, 1 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Nick Markakis (2 for 7, 2 K)

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RHP Alfredo Simon (3-5, 4.08, 39 K, 15 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (1 for 1, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Alex Avila (0 for 1, 1 K)

Saturday August 13, 7:05p:
RHP Max Scherzer (11-7, 4.33, 120 K, 45 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Adam Jones (4 for 6, 2 2B)
Hitter to Fail: Chris Davis (1 for 5, 2 K)

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RHP Jeremy Guthrie (5-15, 4.38, 94 K, 47 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Magglio Ordonez (6 for 10, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Victor Martinez (1 for 9, 1 K)

Sunday August 14, 1:35p:
RHP Doug Fister (4-12, 3.37, 89 K, 32 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Felix Pie (3 for 7)
Hitter to Fail: Nolan Reimold (0 for 5, 1 K)

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LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (5-9, 5.49, 64 K, 37 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Austin Jackson (2 for 4, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Miguel Cabrera (0 for 4)

What to Watch For:
1. Penny Watch - Tigers starter Brad Penny gets his first start since August 4th and his first night game since July 1st. In his last 3 starts he is 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA.

2. Boesch injury update - Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch has been diagnosed with a second-degree sprain on his right thumb. He has said it's gotten a lot better and the swelling has gone down drastically. We could see him return late in this series if all goes according to plan.

3. Oriole pitcher to fear - Baltimore sends Jeremy Guthrie to the mound on Saturday night to face Max Scherzer. His numbers are not too impressive, as he has not gotten the run support from the Orioles. He is 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA in his last 3 starts. He has also been able to tame the Tigers over his career - 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 31 strikeouts.

On Deck:
Tigers return home on Monday to face the Twins for a 3-game series.