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Indians Vs. Tigers: Cleveland Can Take Season Series With A Win Over Detroit Saturday

The Cleveland Indians are a shell of the team that beat the AL Central-contending Detroit Tigers July 26, pulling within 3.5 games of the division lead with a 50-49 record.

Heading into Saturday's game, having been shut out 4-0 by Tigers ace Justin Verlander and Detroit's bullpen Friday, the Indians fell to 10-36 since that game.

They still have a 9-7 record against the Tigers, and they'll look to take the season series with a win Saturday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

Justin Masterson (11-13, 4.96 ERA) is on the mound for the Indians, bringing with him two wins this season against the Tigers. The last one came on Sept. 4, when he pitched six innings, allowing just two earned runs.

Masterson was hit hard in his last start, though, allowing six earned runs in six and two-thirds innings, taking his 13th loss of the season.

The Tigers counter with Anibal Sanchez, who's put up a 1-1 record against Cleveland this year with a 1.42 ERA.

First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.

Take a look at Let's Go Tribe for some more info on the Indians. Head over to Bless You Boys for more Tigers coverage, and check out Baseball Nation for even more news from around the league.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.