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Kenta Maeda, Dodgers go for another sweep

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers try for their 17th series sweep of the season on Sunday, with Kenta Maeda and Tigers ace Justin Verlander squaring off in the series finale on Sunday morning at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Maeda is making his 20th start of the season, and after posting a 5.16 ERA in his first 10 starts the right-hander has a 2.38 ERA since June 9, with 51 strikeouts and 10 walks in 53 innings. Maeda is 7-1 with a save during that span.

Verlander allowed five runs in his last time out, but that snapped a string of five consecutive quality starts and came after a stretch of seven starts during which Verlander posted a 1.91 ERA in 47 innings, with 50 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Detroit’s ace has allowed 20 home runs in his 25 starts in 2017, though just six have come at home. Verlander’s slugging percentage allowed away from home this season is .467, but just .322 at Comerica Park, where Verlander is 96-50 in his career.

Records & streaks

Here are some things on the table for the Dodgers’ 2017 interleague finale:

A win would make the Dodgers 17-3 against American League teams this season, breaking the MLB record for most interleague wins in one season, surpassing ...

The Dodgers’ 13-game interleague winning streak is tied for the longest in MLB history.

The current six-game winning streak by the Dodgers is their sixth win streak of at least that length in 2017. They have win streaks of 11, 10, nine, six, six, and six games.

At 26-5 since July 14, the Dodgers are tied for the best 31-game stretch directly following the All-Star break in MLB history, tied with the 2013 Dodgers.

The Dodgers have won 52 of their last 61 games, the best 61-game stretch since the 1912 New York Giants.

Game info

Time: 10:10 a.m. PT

TV: SportNet LA