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Series Preview: Indians at Tigers

Cleveland Indians (62-58) at Detroit Tigers (65-58)

Probable Pitchers:
Friday August 19, 7:05p:
RHP Josh Tomlin (12-5, 3.97, 81 K, 20 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Wilson Betemit (7 for 15, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Alex Avila (0 for 3, 1 K)

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RHP Max Scherzer (12-7, 4.37, 130 K, 45 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Shin-Soo Choo (7 for 12, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Michael Brantley (1 for 12, 1 K)

Saturday August 20, 7:05p:
LHP David Huff (1-1, 0.51, 15 K, 4 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Delmon Young (6 for 17, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Miguel Cabrera (0 for 2)

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RHP Doug Fister (4-13, 3.59, 94 K, 33 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Shin-Soo Choo (5 for 12, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Carlos Santana (0 for 5, 1 K)

Sunday August 21, 1:05p:
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-9, 4.48, 136 K, 56 BB
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (5 for 14, 1 2B, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Magglio Ordonez (1 for 7, 1 K)

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RHP Rick Porcello (11-8, 4.98, 78 K, 31 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Carlos Santana (5 for 9, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Michael Brantley (3 for 13)

What to Watch For:
1. Porcello not an Indians fan - Tigers starter Rick Porcello has not pitched well against the Indians this year. In his last start against them, he gave up 8 earned runs on 11 hits while only lasting 3.2 innings. He is, however, 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA against the Tribe in his career.

2. Iron man Avila - Friday night's game will be the 13th consecutive game Alex Avila has caught. Back-up catcher Victor Martinez is still trying to get his knees back to 100%. Not to worry though, Avila is hitting .390 with 6 RBIs in his previous 12 games.

3. Jimenez looks to rebound - Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez didn't have his best outing in his last start. He gave up 4 earned runs on 9 hits against the White Sox. In his start against Detroit earlier this month he pitched 8 innings, giving up 0 earned runs on 5 hits. He is 2-2 with a 3.75 ERA against Detroit in his career.

On Deck:
Tigers go right to Tampa Bay for a 4-game series starting on Monday. Justin Verlander is scheduled to open the series.