Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 7/13)

Game 1: Friday, July 12
Game 2: Saturday, July 13
Game 3: Sunday, July 14

Rangers 7

(54-40, 27-21 away)

Tigers 1

(51-42, 28-19 home)

    Coverage:  FOX

    7:15 PM ET, July 13, 2013

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    DET 000100000 1 6 1

    W: D. Holland (8-4)

    L: M. Scherzer (13-1)

    Rangers-Tigers Preview

    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.

    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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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L3
    Last 108-25-5

    Pitching Matchup

    D. Holland
    10-9, 3.42 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 vs LAA
    4.2 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND
    M. Scherzer
    21-3, 2.90 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at MIN
    7.0 IP, 0 ER
    Dec = Win

    Gameday Lineups

    1. I. Kinsler, 2B A. Jackson, CF
    2. L. Martin, CF T. Hunter, RF
    3. N. Cruz, RF M. Cabrera, 3B
    4. A. Beltre, 3B P. Fielder, 1B
    5. A. Pierzynski, C V. Martinez, DH
    6. E. Andrus, SS J. Peralta, SS
    7. M. Moreland, 1B M. Tuiasosopo, LF
    8. J. Profar, DH B. Pena, C
    9. D. Murphy, LF H. Perez, 2B

    Research Notes

    Adrian Beltre has hit .348 with four home runs against fastballs in the month of July. Prior to July, Beltre hit just .275 with six HRs against fastballs.
    Victor Martinez is batting .462 with three extra-base hits against off-speed pitches in the month of July. Prior to July, Martinez hit only .144 with just one extra-base hit against off-speed pitches.

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