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Series Preview: Tigers at Royals

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(Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)
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Detroit Tigers (89-64) at Kansas City Royals (67-87)

Probable Pitchers:
Tuesday September 20, 8:10p:
RHP Brad Penny (10-10, 5.07, 71 K, 57 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Jeff Francoeur (4 for 12, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Eric Hosmer (0 for 3)

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RHP Luis Mendoza (0-0, -)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (1 for 2, 1 HR, 3 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Ramon Santiago (0 for 2)

Wednesday September 21, 8:10p:
RHP Max Scherzer (14-9, 4.39, 162 K, 53 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Johnny Giavotella (4 for 5, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Mike Moustakas (0 for 6)

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RHP Felipe Paulino (3-10, 4.49, 116 K, 51 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Austin Jackson (2 for 2, 1 3B, 1 BB)
Hitter to Fail: Victor Martinez (0 for 3, 2 K)

What to Watch For:
1. Penny still inconsistent - Tigers starter Brad Penny has been unable to find some consistency all season. Although he hasn't lost a game since August 28th, he has only won 3 games out of his last 10. He is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his career against Kansas City.

2. Tiger bats remain hot - Miguel Cabrera has been the most consistent bat all season and is currently hitting .323 in his last 10 games. Other Tigers to join him in hitting + .300 in their last 10 - Brandon Inge (.400), Don Kelly (.320), Magglio Ordonez (.438), Ryan Raburn (.407), and Ramon Santiago (.345).

On Deck:
Tigers return home on Thursday for their final 7 games of the season. They will welcome Baltimore for 4-games and then Cleveland for 3.