DETROIT Max Scherzer is stern and focused on the mound. Hes all business with a ball in his right hand and a batter sizing him up 60 feet, 6 inches away.
And business has been great for Scherzer, whose vastly improved curveball has made him a likely All-Star and possible 20-game winner.
In the clubhouse, Scherzer is different. He can usually be found joking with somebody or running a pool on the latest major sporting event.
I try to stay positive, no matter what, Scherzer said. Im living my dream by playing baseball for a living. I enjoy every day I can play this game.
There are so many different characters on this team. We have all kinds of people from all kinds of different countries. (Justin) Verlander is a character all the time. Theres Latin music playing, and Im running all the pools. The one now is on the NBA Finals. We even have a video guy (Jeremy Kelch) who talks trash.
We sat in the dugout at Comerica Park before batting practice on the last home stand, discussing ...