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Probable Pitchers

Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Max Scherzer, RHP
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    Max Scherzer, last 3 starts
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    Max Scherzer, last 5 years vs. LAA
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A neck spasm nearly scratched Scherzer from last Saturday's start against the Indians, but it was fine by the time the Tigers hit the road Sunday. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA lifetime against the Angels, who have hit .162 off him.

Garrett Richards, RHP
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Richards said he doesn't care who the opposing pitcher is, but he'll face another AL ace. In his last start -- vs. Felix Hernandez -- Richards went eight innings, allowing just one run. He hasn't given up more than six hits in a start since May.

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Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Drew Smyly, LHP
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Consistency has been a season-long search for Smyly, generally hinging on how he fares against right-handed hitters. He fared well Sunday, no-hitting Cleveland for 4 2/3 innings en route to seven innings of one-run ball.

Tyler Skaggs, LHP
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In his last start Sunday, Skaggs fell victim to two bad innings (the first and seventh), when Seattle scored all five of its runs. In the five innings in between, Skaggs faced the minimum 15 batters and only one Mariner registered a hit.

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Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Justin Verlander, RHP
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Verlander said he changed up his arm action before his last outing against the D-backs, and it definitely helped. He dominated the D-backs early and gave up three runs -- the second time in four July starts that he gave up fewer than four.

Matt Shoemaker, RHP
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Shoemaker's most recent start was bookended by runs. He gave up a pair of two-run home runs to Adam Jones -- one in the first, one in the sixth -- but sat down 15 straight Orioles in between. It was just his second loss as a starter.

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Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Rick Porcello, RHP
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Porcello didn't miss a beat in his last outing, picking right up where he left off before the All-Star break. He went seven innings for his second straight start while giving up three runs.

Hector Santiago, LHP
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In just five innings on Tuesday, Santiago threw 99 pitches but only gave up two hits and no runs. He worked around three walks to strand five Baltimore hitters. Santiago has not thrown more than six innings since April 14 against Oakland.

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