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DETROIT —Max Scherzer headed off the mound and toward the dugout, where
manager Jim Leyland was waiting to offer a congratulatory handshake. Reggie Wayne Youth Jersey . After 15
strikeouts in seven innings, Scherzers day was done, and the only question was
whether the Detroit right-handers fine effort would go to waste. “Were in this
business to win,” Scherzer said. And win the Tigers did. Alex Avilas
tiebreaking, two-run single highlighted a three-run seventh that sent Detroit to
a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Scherzers 15 strikeouts
were the most by a Tigers pitcher in 40 years, and his teammates wiped out a 2-1
deficit to get him the victory. Mickey Lolich had 15 strikeouts for the Tigers
against Boston on Oct. 2, 1972, and set the club record of 16 in 1969, doing it
twice in less than three weeks. Scherzers 15 strikeouts were the most by a major
league pitcher this year. Miamis Anibal Sanchez had 14 against Arizona on April
28. “Weve wasted a few good performances this year already,” Avila said.
“Hopefully, that will kind of get us on a roll a little bit.” Detroit trails
first-place Cleveland by three games in the AL Central. Scherzer (3-3) threw 115
pitches. He allowed four hits, including two solo homers, and a walk. Avilas hit
made it 4-2. Pittsburgh scored a run in the ninth off Joaquin Benoit, but he
held on for his first save this season. Detroit closer Jose Valverde has a
strained back. Kevin Correia (1-5) allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus
innings. Scherzer gave up seven runs in 2 2-3 innings in his first start of the
season, and although hes been better since then, he entered Sundays game with a
6.26 ERA. He was locked in from the start, throwing his first 10 pitches for
strikes before finally missing the zone against Pedro Alvarez, the first hitter
of the second. Scherzer got Alvarez anyway for his third strikeout of the day.
“Even when Ive struggled, Ive always believed the next time I go out there that
Im going to have a great start, no matter what,” Scherzer said. “Thats always
been my belief ever since Ive been in the big leagues, and today was no
different.” All 15 of Scherzers strikeouts were swinging. The only other pitcher
since 1988 to strike out at least 15—all swinging—in a game was Houstons
Mike Scott, who fanned 15 Cincinnati Reds on June 8, 1990, according to STATS
LLC. “My changeup was really working well today. I was able to throw it to both
lefties and righties, and I was able to generate swing-and-misses out of it,”
Scherzer said. “I was able to throw it for a strike and throw it just underneath
the zone to help generate some swing-and-miss strikeouts.” Scherzer had struck
out five straight—and 10 for the game—when Rod Barajas homered with one
out in the fifth to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Jhonny Peralta answered with a
solo shot in the bottom half. Neil Walker hit a 407-foot homer in the sixth, and
Scherzers pitch count began creeping up, precluding a run at the big league
record of 20 strikeouts for a nine-inning game. Scherzer was actually on the
hook for a loss when Leyland offered his handshake after the top of the seventh,
the signal that a reliever would be entering in the eighth. But Prince Fielder
led off the bottom of the seventh with a blooper to left that dropped between
shortstop Clint Barmes and left fielder Nate McLouth. Barmes had a long way to
run because the infield was shifted around to the right, and when the ball hit
the ground, it bounced weirdly up off him into foul territory, enabling Fielder
to reach second with a double. Delmon Young followed with a tying single, and
Tony Watson relieved Correia. Peralta drew a walk one out later, and a passed
ball by Barajas allowed the runners to move up to second and third. The Pirates
brought the infield in, but Avilas base hit up the middle foiled that strategy
and made it 4-2. Detroit was without centre fielder Austin Jackson (abdominal
strain) and Valverde, but the Tigers ended up taking two of three from
Pittsburgh. Scherzer and Justin Verlander bookended the series with brilliant
pitching performances. Verlander threw a one-hit shutout Friday night, striking
out 12 and giving up only a ninth-inning single to Josh Harrison. The Pirates
struck out 17 times Sunday and 41 times in the series. NOTES: Detroits
Brennan Boesch had his 12-game hitting streak snapped. ... Pittsburgh dropped to
19-9 when scoring at least two runs. ... The Tigers are off Monday. The Pirates
return home and will send LHP Erik Bedard (2-5) to the mound against
Johan Santana (1-2) of the New York Mets. Andrew Luck
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6-1, 7-5 on Tuesday. Pat Angerer Jersey . Beckett pitched his best
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innings as the Red Sox shut out the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Tuesday, extending
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American Hockey League. “Thats definitely a big goal,” said Tanev, 22, about
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central defence or at fullback. The six-foot Ouimette, who turns 20 on June 18,
joined the Impacts development program in 2009.The Toronto Raptors announced the
signing of forward Quincy Acy to a multi-year contract. Acy had six points and
six rebounds in his NBA Summer League debut with Toronto on Friday. The Raptors
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