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Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 32,841

Dodgers strive to stay hot in series vs. Tigers

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Los Angeles Dodgers at Detroit Tigers

  1. After sweeping the Tigers in their first ever series at Detroit in June 2003, the Dodgers have been swept in both of their road series versus the Tigers since then (June 2008 and July 2014). However, the Dodgers are 14-3 in interleague play this season, the third-best mark by an NL team all-time behind the 2004 Cardinals (11-1) and 2002 Braves (15-3).
  2. The Dodgers finished off the two-game home sweep of the White Sox by walking off against Chicago on Wednesday, their MLB-leading 10th walkoff win of the season. Los Angeles has now recorded 16 sweeps this year, the Dodgers' most in a single season since 1974 (18) when they went on to lose to the A's in the World Series.
  3. The Tigers were swept earlier this week at Texas, allowing 22 runs over the final two games of the three-game series. Detroit has been swept three times since the All-Star break -- only the White Sox have been swept more times over that span (six times).
  4. Despite not making his MLB debut until April 25, rookie Cody Bellinger leads the Dodgers in home runs (34) and RBI (79). Since 1920 (when RBI became an official MLB statistic), only four rookies have led the Dodgers in homers and RBI through a season: Babe Herman (1926), Del Bissonette (1928), Eric Karros (1992) and Mike Piazza (1993).
  5. Rich Hill has not allowed more than three runs in any of his last nine starts, going 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA over that span (since June 21). His nine-start streak with three or fewer runs allowed is tied with James Paxton for the longest active streak in MLB (minimum one start this season).
  6. Since 2014, Jordan Zimmermann has posted a 2.11 ERA and .189 opponent batting average in four starts versus the Dodgers (his team won three of those four starts, though Zimmermann went just 0-1). Since joining the Tigers a season ago, Zimmermann is 1-4 in six starts versus NL opponents.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/18/2017 thru 8/20/2017

DETROIT -- It's a homecoming of sorts for manager Dave Roberts when his sky-flying Los Angeles Dodgers visit the Detroit Tigers for a weekend inter-league series beginning Friday night.

Roberts was selected by the Tigers out of UCLA in the 28th round of the 1994 amateur draft.

He moved slowly but steadily through the Detroit organization but an indication the Tigers didn't have him at the top of their prospect list might have come in 1996.

After hitting .303 for Lakeland of the Florida State League in 1995, Detroit assigned Roberts to the Visalia Oaks of the California League, a co-op team at the time, for the 1996 season.

Detroit traded Roberts to the Cleveland Indians in 1998 along with right-hander Tim Worrell for utility player Geronimo Berroa without him ever playing in a major league game for them.

But the Tigers started Roberts on a path that has taken him to being the manager of the team with the best record in baseball.

Los Angeles is 85-34 and hasn't lost a series since June 5-7 after Yasiel Puig hit a game-winning single in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

The Dodgers have won 50 of their last 59 games despite not having ace Clayton Kershaw, best known in Detroit as being the guy who threw to catcher Matthew Stafford, current quarterback for the Detroit Lions.

"When you look at what we've done, certainly every time (opposing teams) see us on the schedule they're going to bring their best," Roberts said. "Absolutely I think that our guys have set the bar for the league, and rightfully so."

The Dodgers will have lefty Rich Hill (8-4, 3.44 ERA) pitching for them. The University of Michigan product, 37, will be pitching on the Tigers' University of Michigan fan night.

Hill has only started twice against Detroit in 17 career appearances but is 2-0 with a 3.42 ERA against them. He did strike out eight while pitching seven scoreless inning against Detroit for Oakland last year.

"It's been an unbelievable year for them," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of the Dodgers. "I don't know if I was ever around a team that was that hot for that long. It seems like they're getting it from a bunch of different places, too. They've lost their best pitcher, and they continue to do it."

Detroit will have Jordan Zimmermann, Michael Fulmer and Justin Verlander working the series.

Zimmermann (7-9, 5.62 ERA) has had an off-on year for Detroit, mostly off. Zimmermann, 31, hasn't faced the Dodgers as a member of the Tigers but with Washington he made eight starts against Los Angeles and was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA.

Detroit brings a 53-67 record into the game and its staff ERA of 5.08 is second-worst in the majors after 28 runs in a three-game sweep by the Texas Rangers. Zimmermann is one of three Tiger starters who have a propensity for serving up home runs. Fulmer has, too, in recent outings and Verlander was dusted for three dingers in his start.

The Dodgers expect to activate first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (herniated disc) for the series, in which Roberts will have use of a designated hitter in each game.

Roberts thus won't have to move first baseman Cody Bellinger back to the outfield until next week. Gonzalez didn't burn it up on his rehab assignment, going 5-for-26 with a home run in eight games.

Updated August 17, 2017

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