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Another Detroit Pitcher Starts Off With Blanks

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BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 13: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers walks back to the dugout against the Boston Red Sox during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 13: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers walks back to the dugout against the Boston Red Sox during Game Two of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park on October 13, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) — Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer held the Boston Red Sox hitless for 5 2-3 innings in Game 2 of the AL championship series on Sunday night.

Scherzer had a no-hitter until Shane Victorino singled with two outs in the sixth. It was the third straight playoff game in which the Tigers starter had a no-hitter after five.

Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the finale of the AL division series against Oakland on Thursday. In Game 1 of the ALCS, Anibal Sanchez left the game after six innings with a no-hitter intact. Three relievers stretched it into the ninth before Daniel Nava got Boston’s only hit with two outs to go.

Scherzer, the likely AL Cy Young winner, struck out 11 through six innings.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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