Posted June 27, 2013 on
AP on Fox
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Looking to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season, the Detroit Tigers appear to be sending the right pitcher to the mound.
Max Scherzer will try to become the majors' first 12-game winner and snap Detroit's three-game skid Friday night in the opener of a three-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
With a 3-1, 10-inning loss to the Angels on Thursday, the Tigers (42-35) were swept at home for the first time since April 24-26, 2012, versus Seattle.
Detroit, however, should feel confident about getting an 11-game road trip off to a strong start with Scherzer (11-0, 3.05 ERA) going in the opener.
Scherzer, tied with Washington's Jordan Zimmermann for the major league lead with 11 victories, has been particularly outstanding with 31 strikeouts and a 2.00 ERA during a four-start winning streak.
Scherzer allowed two runs - both in the first inning - over seven innings in a 10-3 victory over Boston on Saturday.
Now, he has a chance to become the first to win his first 12 decisions since Roger Clemens did it during a 14-0 stretch to begin his AL MVP season with Boston in 1986.
"It just means we're playing great team baseball and I'm going out there and doing my job,'' Scherzer said. "I'm credited a ton of run support. That's when you've got to give all the credit to your teammates. Every time I feel like I go deep into a game, they're going to pick me up. They have the whole entire season."
While Scherzer has benefited from the best run-support average in baseball at 7.84, the Tigers will have to regroup after being held to fewer than two runs for the first time in 20 games Thursday.
Scherzer is 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA in five career starts versus the Rays after fanning nine and giving up one run over seven innings in a 5-2 home win June 6. He's done a solid job holding down key hitters Desmond Jennings (1 for 9), Evan Longoria (2 for 11), Ben Zobrist (1 for 12) and Matt Joyce (2 for 13).
The Rays (41-38) have struggled offensively at home of late, averaging 2.6 runs and hitting .167 with runners in scoring position while dropping five of eight there.
James Loney has been one of the team's bright spots, batting .406 over an eight-game hit streak overall.
He had one of the team's two hits off Toronto's R.A. Dickey as Tampa Bay had its three-game win streak stopped in a 3-0 loss Wednesday.
"We didn't hit, I think, even one ball hard,'' manager Joe Maddon said.
Tampa Bay starter Alex Colome (1-0, 0.00) has yet to allow an earned run in two starts, giving up four unearned and 10 hits in 10 innings over that span.
The rookie right-hander lasted 4 1-3 innings, yielding three runs, five walks and five hits before leaving without a decision in a 7-5 loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Colome will get his first look at slugger Miguel Cabrera, who is batting .447 with four homers during an 12-game hitting streak.
Cabrera and Prince Fielder went a combined 11 for 21 to help the Tigers take two of three from Tampa Bay in Detroit earlier this month.
Cabrera is 13 for 25 in his last seven games versus the Rays, while Fielder is 8 for 15 in his last four.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Max Scherzer recorded his 12th victory of the season Friday night, as he struck out nine batters and led the Tigers to a 6-3 victory in Tampa Bay. In 16 starts Scherzer has been impressive boasting 131 strikeouts/25 walks and a 3.10 ERA. Obviously, this guy will be headed to New York next month for the midsummer classic.
Follow Sean on Twitter/FB...
Tigers slugger Prince Fielder hit a home run Friday on a 1-0 count that probably would be well on it’s way to Cuba if it wasn’t for that dump of a stadium in Tampa. In fact, Prince’s homer looked to take down Tropicana as it bounced off the the right field catwalk to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead in the 8th inning.
Kinda reminds you of this home run his dad hit years ago at County...
Detroit Tigers: 42-323, 1st Place (3.5 ahead of Cleveland).
Well, that did not go well (including those ground ball things we were looking at). What is it with the Angels anyway? Jason Beck looks at the disaster that was Game 75 in a bit appropriately titled “Breaking Down the Tigers’ Breakdown.” The most distressing thing about the game last night for me is that Porcello...
Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson was doing an interview and being asked to preview the Tigers series against the Tampa Bay Rays and apparently no one took notice of what was going on in the background. Don Kelly was taking off his towel and getting ready to get dressed and the camera picked up his bare ass and penis on camera. I’m sure this won’t be on YouTube...
DETROIT Bruce Rondon is back, but what are the implications?
The Detroit Tigers announced the recall of the pitcher they hope will be their closer of the future Friday afternoon. Detroit opens a three-game series tonight with the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.
How Rondon, 22, fits into the bullpen at this time will correlate directly with how well he performs. Rondon must...
The Detroit Tigers are on a losing streak, how long will this losing streak last? The Tigers lost last nights game to the Angels 3-1 and it was a wasted pitching performance by Doug Fister. Fister pitched for 7 innings and only gave up 1 run. The Tigers could get anything going with their offense. Detroit only put one run on the board and they were held scoreless after the 2nd inning...
The Detroit Tigers have recalled reliever Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo.
The move was announced before Friday night's game at Tampa Bay. Right-hander Evan Reed was optioned to Toledo.
Rondon went 1-1 with 14 saves in 30 games with Toledo.
''He's not being brought back as a closer,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''Sixth, seventh, sometimes...
It's evident that the Detroit Tigers are going to be on the market for bullpen help this summer. Names such as Jonathan Papelbon, Jesse Crain and Kevin Gregg have been floated, but what type of arm they acquire will be determined by what they are willing to give up. Detroit has the capital available to make any deal, and Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the team is also willing...
Anibal Sanchez's regular turn in the Detroit Tigers' rotation is today, and he'll be replaced by rookie Jose Alvarez. His turn will again come up on Monday, but at this point Tigers manager Jim Leyland doesn't know what the future holds for the right-hander, according to Chris Iott of Mlive.com.
"I don't know," Leyland said. "That's not...
DETROIT How do you explain the Detroit Tigers getting totally dominated by a team that almost everybody else is kicking down the street like a can?
There is no bigger disappointment in baseball right now than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They keep adding mega-money superstars Albert Pujols last year and Josh Hamilton this year and cant become contenders. They have Mike...
Last year, we were pro-Mike Trout. The AL MVP debate pitted the Triple Crown against overall performance, and we came down on the side of evaluating players by things other than batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. Unfortunately, being pro-Mike Trout meant that we were perceived to be inherently anti-Miguel Cabrera. It’s not that we had anything against Cabrera, but...
Entering the 2013 season, the defending American League champion Tigers were on the short list of World Series contenders again. While the Angels added the big piece (Josh Hamilton) and the Blue Jays made the most noise, it’s the Detroit Tigers who entered the winter closest to World Championship caliber.Basically halfway through the season Detroit is doing exactly what it has...
DETROIT (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat Detroit 3-1 on Thursday for their ninth straight victory over the Tigers.
Mike Trout had four hits and was in the middle of the decisive rally for the Angels, who completed a three-game sweep. Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings in a tight duel with Detroit right-hander...