Found June 22, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
Mlb-rays-tigers-aug
Detroit -- Baseball is a game of imperfections and failure, yet somehow most of that has eluded Max Scherzer this season. Scherzer held the Boston Red Sox to two runs on six hits in a 10-3 Tigers victory Friday night at Comerica Park to become the first Tigers pitcher to win 11 consecutive decisions to start the season. How wowed is Scherzer by what he's done? "Not too much," Scherzer said. "Because I realize it takes so many other teammates to put me in that position. This is a credit to the Detroit Tigers to be in this position. "I know Ive pitched well, and I know Ive given my team a chance to win, but it doesnt always work out that way. To be 11-0 means that everybody else around me has done their job. I couldnt be happier for everybody else." Fine, if Scherzer isn't going to pat himself on the back, it's up to his teammates to do so. "Eleven-and-0 right now is pretty impressive," Torii Hunter said. "If you have that for the season, you're doing really well. I think he has 15-20 more starts or something. "He can go 20-and-something. Maybe 30-0. Can he go 27-0? Right now, he's an alien. Eleven-and-0. That's perfect. Nobody is perfect in baseball. But Max is. That's awesome." Scherzer (11-0, 3.05 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) is also the first pitcher to start 11-0 since Roger Clemens did so in 1997 with the Toronto Blue Jays. While Scherzer didn't know much about George Mullin, the last Tigers pitcher to start a season 11-0 way back in 1909, he has heard of Clemens. "Its nice," Scherzer said about being mentioned with Clemens. "You cant get too caught up in the win-loss record, because it can be fluky at times. My offense has picked me up every single game, and Im going out there and doing my job." Scherzer does have a point. His 7.84 runs of support are the most in baseball. Scherzer seemed happier for Victor Martinez, who had five RBIs, including a grand slam, than he was for himself. "You could tell he was so pumped up to hit that home run, because he knows the context of the game," Scherzer said. "I was pumped up too for him. Gave him a big chest bump." Scherzer also extended his streak of getting at least six strikeouts to 15 straight starts to begin the season. Boston's Pedro Martinez is the only other pitcher to do so, going 15 straight in 1999 and an AL-record 29 straight in 2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It's also impressive that Scherzer was able to do this to the Red Sox, a team that had traditionally had his number. Before Friday, Scherzer was 1-3 with a 9.21 ERA in six career starts against the Red Sox. "This is a real good team, a real good offensive team," manager Jim Leyland said. "Very good baseball team, that's why they're leading the East right now. Those are tough outs. I thought he did a terrific job." Eight of the nine Red Sox batters came into the game hitting .262 or better and four were hitting over .300. "First time he threw fastballs and after that he started throwing curves and sliders," Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He's got good stuff. He stayed out of the middle of the plate and made it tough for us." Now Scherzer is going to make it tough on his fans. One fan was shown on the scoreboard with "11-0" shaved into his head. Scherzer didn't see it, but he appreciated the vote of confidence. "Thats a great haircut," Scherzer said. "I wonder if he can edge that 11 into a 2, help me out a little bit. Maybe put it somewhere else, a 12. Its fun when the fans get into it, get behind you. Just means theyre fans of the Detroit Tigers."
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES
NICE TO MEET YOU

Verlander encounters his giant bobblehead

Your browser does not support iframes.Some baseball fans would consider Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander to be larger than life.After all, the man did win both the American League Cy Young Award and MVP Award in the same season in 2011, a feat that hadn't been accomplished by a pitcher since Dennis Eckersley did so in 1992.On Saturday, Verlander may have met his match, though...

Tigers DFA Jose Valverde, recall Alburquerque and Garcia from Triple-A Toledo

The short lived Jose Valverde return/experiment for the Detroit Tigers appears to be over. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Tigers designated for assignment the 35-year old closer after a stretch of bad outings allowing 11 runs and 6 home runs in 7 1/3 innings. It also appeared more and more likely that Valverde would be shown the door after manager Jim Leyland commented...

Game 77: Red Sox at Tigers - Hot-hitting Sox face Scherzer (10-0)

Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer After splitting the first two games, the Boston Red Sox (45-31) and Detroit Tigers (40-32) tangle in tonight’s Game 3 from Comerica Park. The Sox offense exploded for 10 runs, led by right fielder Shane Victorino, who went 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs. Boston’s batters must have thought the same as Red Sox Nation: No lead is safe. ...

Two Miguel Cabreras?

DETROIT - Chase Salazar got to live out a childhood dream for many people Friday when he put on a Detroit Tigers No. 24 uniform and played the body double for slugger Miguel Cabrera during a commercial shoot for FOX Sports at Comerica Park. While other extras told him they had spent six hours trying to perfect Cabrera's swing in hopes of being selected, Salazar got the part...

Detroit Tigers Grades, Games 72-74: Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly Get It Done Again

A nice extended weekend for the Detroit Tigers, as they took three of four games from the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox. And we’ve got the Tigers’ grades for the final three games in that set — a loss Friday and wins Saturday and Sunday. The Lineup 1. Austin Jackson: A. The Tigers’ center fielder took Friday night off, then came back to spark wins on Saturday and Sunday...

First pitch: Valverde designated for assignment

DANA WAKIJIFOXSPORTSDETROIT.COM DETROIT -- The move that Tigers fans were hoping for happened Friday. Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski announced the team was designating closer Jose Valverde for assignment. Dombrowski said they asked Valverde if he'd be willing to go to Triple-A Toledo if he cleared waivers but did not receive a definitive answer from him...

Kate Upton Throws a Little Jab at Justin Verlander via Twitter

If we needed any confirmation that Kate Upton doesn’t like Justin Verlander as much as she allegedly used to, a happy birthday tweet she sent to Frank Viola III on Wednesday confirmed it. What does Frank Viola III, a son of the famed left-handed pitcher with a similar name, have to do with ex-SuperCouple Kate ‘n’ Justin? He’s one of Verlander‘s best friends and, apparently...

Laying Down the Law in Detroit

Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer The new sheriff rolled into town on his horse, gently bringing her to a stop outside of the stadium. He peered up at the bright sun from under his dusty black hat, squinting slightly and surveyed the scene around him. This town was ready for a new law man, a strong and dominating type of law man needed to put the riffraff in its place. No more...

Victor Martinez Makes Diving Backhanded Flip to Retire Jacoby Ellsbury at First Base (Video)

It wasn’t the most graceful play of the MLB season, but it was impressive nonetheless — especially for a former catcher. Victor Martinez, playing first base, knocked down a scorching grounder off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury with a diving stop. He got to his feet, barehanded the baseball, dove forward and flipped the ball back to pitcher Drew Smyly for the out. Ellsbury gave his...

The Tigers interested in a couple of Marlin relievers?

According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck (via MLBTradeRumors.com), the Tigers had a scout at this weekend’s Giants/Marlins game as Detroit is said to have an interest in Miami relievers Steve Cishek and Ryan Webb. The Tigers had a scout at this weekend’s Marlins-Giants series at San Francisco. Detroit has been rumored to have interest in Miami relievers who could hit the trade market...

Fister, Tigers come up short against Red Sox

DETROIT (AP) -- Shane Victorino homered and hit three singles, driving in five runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 10-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night. Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer for Detroit, which nearly rallied from a 6-1 deficit but couldn't come through against the Boston bullpen. Jon Lester (7-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings,...

Cabrera gets taste of limelight, stars in commercial

DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera, baseball's incredibly underexposed superstar, got a little taste of the Hollywood life Friday morning. Cabrera took part in a movie-like production for a 90-second commercial to promote the launch of the Fox Sports 1 television network. He's one of the top athletes featured in the spot that will be aired for the first time July 16 during FOX'...

Victor Martinez's no-look play at first

Rod says, "Look out, Victor" but he didn't look. He blindly flipped a perfect ball to Drew Smyly who was covering first for the out. The feeling that the Tigers were going to come back and win this game, for me, came on this play. Too special. Looooook out. But don't look out. You know. Your browser does not support iframes.  
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.