BOSTON (AP) – Max Scherzer had the help of Miguel Cabrera, among others, in his last start as the Detroit Tigers’ offense kept alive his bid to become the second pitcher in history to win 20 of his first 21 decisions in a season.
It’s unclear if he’ll have that kind of support this time around, as Cabrera’s status remains uncertain for Scherzer’s second chance to become the first 20-game winner in the majors Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox.
Scherzer (19-1, 2.90 ERA) is looking to join Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only pitchers to begin a season 20-1. He went 6-0 with a 1.48 ERA in his previous seven starts before allowing six runs – five earned – in five innings Thursday.
The Tigers, though, scored four times in the bottom of the ninth, capped by Torii Hunter’s three-run homer, for a 7-6 win over Oakland that got the right-hander off the hook.
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