DETROIT It seems fitting now that the Tigers are playing a baseball version of the old "Whack-a-Mole" game. They get one problem fixed and another one pops up.
That's the way it was in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.
In front of a sellout crowd of 42,404, Max Scherzer found his more popular "blue-eye" style of pitching, giving up just one run on four hits while walking none and striking out nine in seven innings.
It was a delightful bounce-back game from Scherzer's last outing, in which he allowed three runs on seven hits while walking a career-high seven and striking out four in 4 23 innings in New York.
"I think he was on a mission today," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "I think he probably knew he needed to step it up, he wanted to step it up. Hes a smart guy. He figured it out.
"He was aggressive, pounded the strike zone, had a little extra on his fastball when he needed it today."
Leyland and pitching coach Jeff Jones had shown Scherzer ...