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Matchup with Tigers is only the beginning

Matchup with Tigers is only the beginning

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers open the 14th season of Interleague Play on Friday with a three-game series at home against the Detroit Tigers, but not even the annual set of Freeway Series with the Angels will match the anticipation of two Interleague Series next month against the Red Sox and Yankees.

The series in Boston June 18, 19 and 20 will mark Manny Ramirez's return to Fenway Park for the first time since the Red Sox traded him to the Dodgers in 2008.

And the home series June 25-27 with the Yankees will be the first time the clubs have met since former Yankees manager Joe Torre switched dugouts.

The Dodgers are 5-4 against the Tigers, 2-1 at home. Saturday's game, with an unusual 4:10 p.m. PT start, will be televised nationally on FOX.

The Dodgers are 4-2 against Boston in the regular season, going 1-2 at Fenway Park in 2004. The clubs last met in a 2008 exhibition game played in front of a record 115,300 fans at Memorial Coliseum.

The Dodgers have played the Yankees only one previous series in the regular season, going 2-1 at home in 2004.

DODGERS IN INTERLEAGUE PLAY
Date Opponent Record vs.
5/21 DET 5-4
5/22 DET
5/23 DET
6/11 LAA 33-41
6/12 LAA
6/13 LAA
6/18 @BOS 4-2
6/19 @BOS
6/20 @BOS
6/22 @LAA 33-41
6/23 @LAA
6/24 @LAA
6/25 NYY 2-1
6/26 NYY
6/27 NYY

In addition, the Dodgers and Angels square off in their annual home-and-home series, June 11-13 at Dodger Stadium and June 22-24 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

The Dodgers are 33-41 against the Angels overall, 3-3 last year, 20-17 overall at Dodger Stadium, last swept a three-game home series from the Angels in 2006 and have never swept a series in Anaheim.

The Dodgers were 9-9 in Interleague Play last year and are 99-110 overall.

Torre, a member of Commissioner Bud Selig's advisory committee to improve the game, said there are no major changes to Interleague Play anticipated.

"I talked to the Commissioner and, when you look at it, Interleague Play has drawn people," said Torre. "I know from the Yankees playing the Mets, it sells out every time. We do a good job here on the coast. In Chicago, it's a positive rivalry. Maybe a few of the others are a reach, but you can't have everything perfect."

Torre said the only change he suggested would be to cut down the intercity series -- particularly in Los Angeles, but also New York, Chicago and the Bay Area -- from six games a year to three.

"We could alternate from one year to the next," he said, "but it really isn't fair when you have teams in the same division playing different teams. Then we play the Angels and they are so good and we play them six times, that's not easy to do."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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