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CLE@LAD: Ryu strikes out eight over seven frames

Hyun-Jin Ryu should get a little more help this time around.

In the left-hander's last outing, he was backed by a Dodgers lineup that was missing Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Juan Uribe as manager Don Mattingly looked to rest his starters on a getaway day against the Indians.

Ryu pitched well enough to win, allowing just a two-run home run across seven innings and even supplying two hits and an RBI at the plate. But it wasn't enough for him to notch his 10th win of the season.

Ryu (9-4, 3.08 ERA) said he understood that the team's regulars needed a breather, but with an off-day on Monday, the Dodgers should be fresh on Tuesday, ready to take on the Tigers in an Interleague series.

If Ryu pitches as well as he did Wednesday against the Indians -- his eighth quality start in nine outings -- the Dodgers could be in good shape.

"Overall, everything was good," Ryu said through an interpreter on Wednesday. "Pitch count was good, control was good. Strikeout count was up there.

"Besides the one home run, I think I was pretty comfortable across the seven innings."

Ryu will match up against embattled Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who has pitched better of late after altering his windup to generate more forward motion in mid-June.

After allowing seven runs in back-to-back outings, Verlander and his tweaked delivery have produced three straight quality starts.

The right-hander is 7-7 with a 4.71 ERA this season, but he's coming off a six-inning, two-run performance against the A's.

"I feel like I'm still a power pitcher with the work I'm putting in," Verlander said after his windup adjustment. "It's going to come back."

Dodgers: Ellis to play against mentor
For the first time, catcher A.J. Ellis will have the chance to play against an old friend and mentor -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.

Ellis and Ausmus used to live together while teammates with the Dodgers in the final two years of Ausmus' playing career.

"I wasn't a Major League catcher until I spent two years with Brad," Ellis said. "Earlier this year, the Tigers were playing the Indians and we were in New York, and I saw [Miguel] Cabrera get ejected on a check swing, and I sort of forgot who was managing, and here comes Brad running out to take up the argument, and I had to tell everybody to watch. To see the full transition, having been a player and now being a manager, it was funny seeing him yelling."

Ellis missed the Tigers when the two teams played in April, as he had just been sidelined with knee surgery, but he kept up with the job Ausmus is doing in Detroit.

"Obviously, he's doing a great job," Ellis said. "He righted the ship when they were scuffling, and they're back playing the caliber of baseball to make them World Series contenders again."

Tigers: Krol makes quick trip back to Detroit
Ian Krol's return from the Minors came a bit earlier than anticipated, when the Tigers lost another lefty reliever to injury.

Patrick McCoy pulled his right hamstring while racing the Rays' Ben Zobrist to first base on an infield single Saturday. McCoy was placed on the disabled list Sunday, and Krol was back in the Tigers' clubhouse. He didn't record an out Sunday, exiting the game against Tampa Bay after allowing back-to-back singles in the sixth.

Krol pitched a scoreless inning for Class A West Michigan on Friday. He was still with the Whitecaps in Fort Wayne, Ind., when he got the call that he needed to head back to Detroit.

"Everything's great. Everything's good to go," Krol said. "It's good to be back."

Worth noting
• Recalled on Thursday, Dodgers infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right hip flexor. Infielder Carlos Triunfel was recalled to replace him.

• Verlander is 22-2 with a 2.56 ERA in his career against National League teams.

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