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Get these pitcher ranks a day in advance and grab waiver wire starters before your league does!Max Scherzer breaks up the left-handed block atop Tuesday’s rankings, but it’s not enough for him to rank number 1. That honor, once again, is bestowed upon Chris Sale. For those of you in keeper leagues, I have Sale as my 5th-ranked SP entering 2014. Onto today’s notes!It’s unusual to see so many Away games at the top, but today’s best pitchers all go on the road, and that alone isn’t enough to seriously impact their ranks.I don’t trust Bartolo Colon against the Rangers.Looks who’s last — it’s Jhoulys Chacin. He’s had good numbers at Coors this year, but that’ll end sooner or later. The home runs will eventually emerge. Right now they’re pretty much non-existent.For Monday’s rankings, click here.For an in-depth explanation of how these rankings were compiled, click here.For a 5-day look at the upcoming week in starting pitchers, click here.RankPitcherH/AOpponentProj. IPProj. ERProj.

Red Sox Take Important Step in Proving Playoff Readiness With Big Win Over Max Scherzer, Tigers

Though most players avoided admitting it, Tuesday night’s game felt like postseason baseball at Fenway Park. The matchup featured not only the best two teams in the American League in the Red Sox and Tigers, but also the star of each team’s respective pitching staff. It has been said that this year’s edition of the Boston Red Sox is built for the regular season, but ill-suited...

Miguel Cabrera, Max Scherzer Lead Teammates in Singing of ‘Sweet Caroline’ During Eighth Inning (Video)

Typically, the Fenway Faithful are responsible for belting out the words to “Sweet Caroline”  during the middle of the eighth inning, but a few members of the Detroit Tigers couldn’t help themselves from joining in on Monday afternoon. Holding a three-run lead against the Red Sox, the Tigers were feeling upbeat about their day, and they chose to commemorate the occasion with...

Sale, White Sox can't finish Yankees in 6-4 loss

Chris Sale was cruising along toward his latest gem against the New York Yankees. The only thing he failed to do was finish them off. Eduardo Nunez's two-run double capped a five-run eighth inning that rallied the Yankees past Sale and the Chicago White Sox 6-4 on Tuesday night for a crucial victory as they chase an AL playoff berth. Derek Jeter got the Yankees started on their...

Tigers join Red Sox fans in singing 'Sweet Caroline' (Video)

A few members of the Detroit Tigers joined the Boston Red Sox fans in singing the Neil Diamond classic "Sweet Caroline" in the middle of the eighth inning of Monday's game at Fenway Park. Your browser does not support iframes. Tigers catcher Brayan Pena wrapped his arms around Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer as they swayed to the music. We doubt that the Tigers...

Scherzer takes second loss of season

Jon Lester outdueled Max Scherzer and the Boston Red Sox beat Detroit 2-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Tigers right-hander's chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a 20-1 record.

Scherzer has rare defeat in Tigers' 2-1 loss

Max Scherzer will have to make at least one more start before reaching 20 victories. Boston's Jon Lester outdueled Scherzer as the Red Sox edged Detroit 2-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Tigers right-hander's chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a 20-1 record. ''We've got two of the top teams in the American League. We've got great...

Jon Lester Says He Couldn’t Worry About Max Scherzer, Focused on Giving Team Best Chance to Win (Video)

It was a battle of two aces on Tuesday night, but Jon Lester saved one of his best performances of the season for the occasion, and he was rewarded with a hard-earned win. The left-hander allowed only one run, and struck out a season-high nine batters over his seven innings of work. Lester outdueled Max Scherzer who was seeking his 20th win of the season, and looking to become...

Red Sox-Tigers Live: Jon Lester, Max Scherzer Face Off at Fenway in Battle of Aces

8 a.m. ET: Monday’s series opener between the Red Sox and Tigers was not what you would expect from the two highest-scoring teams in baseball. Both starters took shutouts into the seventh inning, with Detroit’s Doug Fister emerging victorious in a 3-0 Tigers win. Don’t be shocked if you see more of the same on Tuesday. The second matchup in a three-game series between the...

Game 140: Tigers at Red Sox - Lester looks to prevent win No. 20 for Scherzer

Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer Even without Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers showed why they are still considered the team to beat in the American League, shutting out the Boston Red Sox 3-0 in the series opener on Labor Day. Detroit (81-57) now trails Boston (82-57) by a half-game for the best record in the AL with a chance to overtake the top spot tonight. Jon Lester has...

Lester outduels Scherzer in Tigers' loss to Red Sox

If you wanted to know why Max Scherzer was not able to win his 20th game of the season Tuesday night, just look at the box score. When Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera (back in the lineup after missing three straight games), Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez go a combined 3-for-16 (.188) with zero RBIs, it's probably not going to be your night. Scherzer pitched extremely well...

Preview: Yankees vs White Sox (8/3/13)

With the Yanks now just 2.5 games out of the wild card, Hiroki Kuroda (11-10, 2.89 ERA) takes on Chris Sale (10-12, 2.99 ERA) in hopes of gaining more ground. Kuroda will also hope to stop the bleeding after two straight rough outings. The right hander was blasted for seven runs against the Rays on Aug. 23 and five more against the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Chris Stewart wondered afterward...

Oddsmakers Expect Tigers-Red Sox Series to Be ALCS Preview

The Detroit Tigers have played the Chicago Cubs four times in their postseason history yet somehow have yet to face the Red Sox in the playoffs. Think about that. If Bovada oddsmakers are correct, there will be a Tigers-Red Sox matchup in the American League Championship Series next month. Detroit is the +150 AL pennant favorite with Boston second at +300. It’s now all but a lock...

Jacoby Ellsbury Not in Red Sox Lineup, Shane Victorino to Hit Leadoff and Play Center Against Tigers

Jacoby Ellsbury has some good numbers against Detroit Tigers ace and Cy Young favorite Max Scherzer. However, when Scherzer takes the Fenway Park mound Tuesday night, the first batter he see will not be Ellsbury. Instead, Shane Victorino will lead off for the Red Sox in the second game of a three-game set with the Central-leading Tigers. As of Tuesday afternoon, it’s unclear why...
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