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Dodgers vs. Tigers: Zack Greinke, Max Scherzer face off in Detroit finale

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DETROIT -- The Dodgers have one cycle through their starting rotation left before the All-Star break. Zack Greinke starts it off on Wednesday morning, making his final start of the "first half" in the finale of a two-game series against the Tigers in Detroit.

Greinke will get to face a Tigers lineup without Victor Martinez, still dealing with soreness in his side, and Miguel Cabrera, getting a day off at first base. But Detroit didn't have the All-Star Martinez on Tuesday night either, and still managed to pound out 14 runs on 20 hits.

Don Kelly, hitting .236/.313/.292 this season with three doubles and no home runs in 99 plate appearances, gets the start at first base, batting fifth for the Tigers.

The Dodgers will send the same starting lineup as Tuesday night, hoping for the version that scored five runs in the first inning and not the one that had five runners reach base with no runs over the final eight innings.

Max Scherzer gets the start for Detroit, looking for his third straight win. With 139 strikeouts Scherzer has the most by a Tigers pitcher before the All-Star break since ... Scherzer had 152 strikeouts last year.

The Dodgers are 8-7 in interleague play this year, including 5-2 on the road.


Matt Kemp is 7-for-9 with three RBI in his last two games.

Hanley Ramirez is the designated hitter for the Dodgers on Wednesday. Dodgers DHs have a 13-game hitting streak dating back to 2013, during which time they are hitting .411 (23-for-56).

If Greinke (11-4) earns a win on Wednesday, he would be the first Dodgers pitcher with 12 wins before the All-Star break since Ramon Martinez in 1991 (12-3).