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Scherzer Has Problems With Fastball

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Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) File.

Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) File.

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-RHP Max Scherzer had trouble locating his fastball Sunday and a high pitch count drove him out after five innings of a start against Cleveland. Scherzer threw 105 pitches in five innings, allowing 10 hits and dodging threats in every inning. Even in his only three-batter inning, the second, the middle hitter was thrown out at second trying to stretch a single. Scherzer had good stuff — nine strikeouts — but couldn’t spot his fastball. He has struck out nine hitters or more nine times this year.

–3B Omar Infante was not at second base for the first time since returning to the Tigers two weeks ago. He made his first start at third base since Oct. 3, 2010 on Sunday and turned in a four-hit game. His last hit was a score-tying two-run single in the bottom of the 10th inning — but it wouldn’t have been necessary had Infante been able to get a ground ball to the right side or a deep fly ball after CF Austin Jackson tripled to open the bottom of the ninth in a 5-5 game. “I feel bad because I had the opportunity for a walk-off and I don’t make contact in that situation,” he said. “It didn’t work out. But the team was never down all game (and) I had another situation.” Infante earlier hit his first home run after coming to Detroit in a trade with Miami, his ninth home run of the season.

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