Avisail Garcia is going to be used this month by the Tigers, but not overused. “He’s a very talented guy, obviously,” manager Jim Leyland said of his rookie outfielder, just up from Class AA on Sept. 1. “To me, he’s still in the category of ‘talented prospect.'” Garcia is 4-for-8 in five games, starting against left-handed pitching and playing as a late-inning defensive replacement. Leyland tries to downplay Garcia but can’t help gushing at the same time. “I love him,” the manager said. “He shows you absolutely no fear.”
–RHP Max Scherzer, Detroit’s hottest pitcher of late, will open the Tigers’ series against the Angels on Friday night. Scherzer is 9-1 in his last 12 starts going back to the end of June, but over his last five starts, he’s 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 55 innings. “He’s been able to learn from the times when he was struggling a little bit and wasn’t able to make those adjustments during the game,” C Alex Avila said. “If he gets himself in trouble, he either limits the damage or gets out of it. He’s got the stuff for an ace. Now he’s got the pitchability for it, too.” Scherzer has been going back and forth with RHP Justin Verlander for the major league strikeout lead. He’ll take 204 into his start against the Angels.
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