User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Scherzer, Tigers shut down White Sox

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

CHICAGO (AP) - Max Scherzer wasn't at his best Wednesday.

Advertisement
But it was more than enough to beat the White Sox.

Scherzer threw six scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 to finish a two-game sweep.

Scherzer (3-1) won his third straight start, allowing four hits while striking out seven to become the first pitcher in team history with at least seven strikeouts in each of his first six starts.

He also became the first in the majors to do it since Tim Lincecum began the 2010 season with at least six strikeouts in his first seven starts.

But it was the three walks and 105 pitches that gnawed at the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner.

''They fought me all the way through the whole at-bat,'' Scherzer said. ''I just thought I could have been a little more efficient so I could have pitched deeper into the game.''

Scherzer beat the White Sox for the second straight time, following up his April 24 win when he went six innings and allowed two runs in a 7-4 victory.

He also helped Tigers win for the fourth time in five games, and shut down the powerful White Sox offense for the second straight day.

''Yeah, we missed out on a couple of opportunities today and yesterday too, but those guys are pretty good pitchers and have been for a while,'' White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers said.

''They do some good things in those situations and get the job done. We just have to find a way to battle through on some of those and get some runs across.''

On Tuesday, Justin Verlander and two relievers held the White Sox to seven hits in a 4-3 Detroit win.

Scherzer and the Tigers continued that Wednesday against a team that started the day first in the American League in runs and second in home runs and slugging, coming within one out of a shutout.

''There's 29 other managers that would like to be able to do that,'' Detroit's Brad Ausmus said of starting Verlander and Scherzer on consecutive days.

Chicago's Robin Ventura is certainly one of those managers. As with Flowers, he heaped praise on Scherzer.

''He's great, he's always tough. You get some guys on, you get opportunities and that's when good pitchers really show their stuff. He did that today,'' Ventura said. ''We at least got him a high pitch count and he couldn't get eight or nine innings. But, he's just tough.''

The Tigers got all the runs they needed in a four-run fourth, when Detroit scored four times against Hector Noesi (0-2). Bryan Holaday capped the rally with a two-run double.

Noesi, making a spot start for Chicago, went 3 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and five hits. He breezed through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth in his first start of the season.

''We don't know much about the guy, and I don't think he has been extended that far so it may have been a combination of the hitters getting a chance to see him a few times and also maybe because he hadn't been as deep into a game this year,'' Ausmus said. ''He could have been getting a little tired as well.''

The White Sox challenged Scherzer as well, but left seven runners on against the Tigers righty.

''I'm very cognizant of what they're able to do and always willing to give them credit,'' Scherzer said. ''Today I thought they did a good job of battling me but when push came to shove I thought I was better.''

NOTES: The Tigers announced that left-hander Robbie Ray will make his major-league debut Tuesday in Detroit against the Astros. Ray, 22, was acquired this offseason from the Nationals as part of the trade that sent starter Doug Fister to Washington, and will start in place of injured starter Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez is on the disabled list with a laceration on his right middle finger and threw from flat ground prior to Wednesday's game. . C Alex Avila missed his second straight game with back spasms. . Robin Ventura said LHP Chris Sale is ''feeling better'' but a rehab start is a possibility if his recovery continues to be extended. Sale has been on the disabled list since April 22 - retroactive to April 18 - with a flexor muscle strain in his left arm. Ventura also said RHP Felipe Paulino (right rotator cuff inflammation) will have a rehab assignment coming up ''pretty soon.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: MVP and Cy Young Odds
Kemp lifts Dodgers past Braves
Pirates hand Giants sixth straight loss
White Sox pound Tigers as road 'dogs
O's walk-off past Angels in 12 innings
Marlins beat Nats for 6th straight win
Hamels, Phillies blank Mets, 6-0
Reds shut out D-backs, 'under' hits
Iwakuma, Mariners down Indians
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
18-8 L26 Guarantees, +7,887 TY
12-3 L5 Days, 14-6 L20 Totals
15-5 L20 Totals, +2,757 This Year
4-1 L5 G-Plays, +2,223 This Year
5-1 L6 Guarantees, 7-1 L8 Totals
6-3 L9 Over/Unders, +2,219 TY
7-3 +433 L10, +2,088 This Year
17-6 L23 G-Plays, +1,675 TY
7-2 L3 Days, 23-10 L33 Streak
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 14-8 +629 L7 Days
2-0 Y'day, 23-12 +1,402 L35 Run
6-2, +449 L8 Guaranteed Plays
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Antony Dinero
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 7962
Bruce Marshall + 3044
John Fisher + 2444
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 3459
James Manos + 2542
Dave Cokin + 1531
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2164
Matt Zylbert + 1859
Tony Stoffo + 1342
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 1348
Doc's Sports + 1137
Kyle Hunter + 876
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3589
Doc's Sports + 1507
Kevin Rogers + 1504
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2522
The Gold Sheet + 1152
Bruce Marshall + 1091
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!