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Dodgers Vs. Tigers Preview: Ryu And Verlander Put Strengths To Test

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The Los Angeles Dodgers begin a two-game series in Detroit against the Tigers in what could be another look at a potential World Series matchup. Both teams enter tonight’s game as the leader in their respective divisions. The Dodgers and Tigers split the two games played at Dodger Stadium in early April.

On the mound for the Dodgers is Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4, 3.08), who has been stellar on the road this season. Ryu’s gone 6-1 with a 1.62 ERA in eight starts away from Chavez Ravine. The left-hander is coming off a no-decision after going seven innings and giving up two runs. Ryu is making his first career start against the Tigers.

Starting opposite Ryu is Justin Verlander (7-7, 4.71 ERA), who hasn’t been himself this season and has struggled mightily after being one of the most consistent pitchers in since 2006. The right hander won his last start against the Oakland Athletics, allowing just two runs in six innings.

The win was Verlander’s first in his last six starts. Verlander looks to build on his last outing as he has been dominant in Interleague play with a 22-2 record and a 2.56 ERA in 29 career interleague starts.

The brief two-game series will pit the two team’s strengths against one another. The Tigers are 13-2 in their last 15 Interleague games and Verlander is 13-0 with a 1.23 ERA when facing NL competition at home.

Meanwhile the Dodgers hold the best road record in MLB and are 9-1 in their last 10 games in American League ballparks.

Dodgers Lineup

2B: Gordon

RF: Puig

DH: Ramirez

1B: Gonzalez

LF: Kemp

CF: Ethier

3B: Uribe

C: Ellis

SS: Rojas

P: Ryu

Tigers Lineup

CF: Jackson

2B: Kinsler

1B: Cabrera

DH: J. Martinez

RF: Hunter

3B: Castellanos

C: Avila

SS: Suarez

LF: Davis

P: Verlander
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