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Phillies-Tigers Preview 7-27-13

DETROIT (AP) – The Philadelphia Phillies have made almost every opposing starter look like an All-Star while struggling offensively this week.

That doesn’t bode well considering they will face an actual one Saturday.

Max Scherzer seeks his major league-leading 15th victory as the Detroit Tigers attempt to hand the Phillies a season-worst seventh consecutive loss.

Scherzer (14-1, 3.14 ERA), who pitched a perfect opening inning for the AL in the All-Star game, came out of the break sharp Monday, allowing two solo homers and two other hits over eight innings in a 7-3 road victory over the Chicago White Sox. The right-hander won for the 20th time in his last 30 starts since Aug. 10, the most in the majors in that span.

“I was working ahead in the count, had four pitches going,” Scherzer, who could become the first Tigers pitcher to start 15-1 dating back to at least 1919, told the team’s official website. “I felt that made me effective and allowed me to have some quick innings. No walks – that’s always a recipe for success.”

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