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Preview: Rangers (7-7) at Tigers (6-4)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: July 13, 2013 7:15 PM EDT
  

Max Scherzer came up short in his first bid for a 14-0 start. He could have a better chance in his second one.

The Detroit Tigers starter is unbeaten in seven regular-season outings against the Texas Rangers heading into Saturday night's matchup at Comerica Park.

Scherzer (13-0, 3.06 ERA) is attempting to become the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to open with 14 straight wins, and the first to take a 14-0 mark into the All-Star break. His six-start win streak ended Monday in Cleveland as he gave up two runs over seven innings in a 4-2, 10-inning victory.

The right-hander has been fortunate to own the majors' best run support average at 7.57. He extended his streak of consecutive regular-season starts without a defeat to 19, and his run of 18 in a row such outings to begin a season matches the fourth-longest streak since 1916.

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He's 15-1 with a 2.99 ERA over his last 20 home starts, including two in last year's postseason. Scherzer is also 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA in the regular season against the Rangers.

"For me, I know I have to bring my 'A' game against them," Scherzer told the Tigers' official website. "They're talented from top to bottom. They do a really good job with speed and power - speed at the top of the lineup, power in the middle of the lineup."

Scherzer went 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA in two 2011 ALCS starts against the Rangers (53-40), who feel he has improved since then.

"He's got a tremendous slider and a turbo sinker," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He works fast and throws strikes."

Washington will hand the ball to Derek Holland (7-4, 3.19).

The Rangers are 5-0 in Holland's starts against the Tigers (51-41), including two in the 2011 ALCS. He has a 4.94 ERA in those games, however.

"I've got to match Scherzer pitch for pitch," Holland said. "He's 13-0 for a reason, so I have to do everything I can to match him."

Holland improved to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his last seven road starts by allowing five runs over 6 2-3 innings of an 8-5 win over Baltimore on Monday.

Miguel Cabrera, five RBIs shy of 100, is hitting a major league-best .418 against left-handers. He's 3 for 3 with two homers against Holland this year.

"The last time, he took care of me," Holland said. "This time, I have to take care of him. But I can't take for granted the rest of the lineup. They have some pretty good hitters."

That includes Victor Martinez, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games in Friday's 7-2 victory in the opener of this three-game set. He is batting .446 with 10 runs during the streak.

Texas has totaled four runs during a three-game slide as Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz combined to go 0 for 8 on Friday.

"We need to get to the break, give everyone a break, and get it together," Washington said.

Beltre's 13-game hitting streak was snapped while Cruz had been 10 for 29 during a seven-game run.

The Tigers are 9-12 when opponents start left-handers.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Rangers at Tigers
Fri, Jul 12 Final 2 to 7
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Rangers at Tigers
Sat, Jul 13 Final 7 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Rangers at Tigers
Sun, Jul 14 Final 0 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  +142   -155   8 
 DET  -152   +135   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  +139   -150   8 
 DET  -154   +130   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 TEX  40%   28%   54% 
 DET  60%   72%   46% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 12, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TEX 2 Under: 9 
 DET 7 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 8 Over: 19 
 TEX 11 Cover: +100 
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 May 18, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Under: 9 
 TEX 7 Cover: +120 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 2 Cover: +113 
 TEX 1 Under: 3 
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 May 16, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 DET 4 Over: 14 
 TEX 10 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Saturday, Jul 13
 
    Twins at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Phillies
3:05 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Orioles
4:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Braves
4:05 PM EDT
    Astros at Rays
4:10 PM EDT
    Royals at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Rangers at Tigers
7:15 PM EDT
    Nationals at Marlins
7:15 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Cubs
7:15 PM EDT
    Mets at Pirates
7:15 PM EDT
    Rockies at Dodgers
7:15 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Angels at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Giants at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Brewers at Diamondbacks
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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