Final in 11

Series: Game 4 of 4

Detroit won 3-1

Game 1: Monday, September 1
Game 2: Tuesday, September 2
Game 3: Wednesday, September 3
Game 4: Thursday, September 4
in 11

Tigers 11

(77-63, 42-33 away)

Indians 4

(72-67, 40-28 home)

    Coverage:  STOH

    7:05 PM ET, September 4, 2014

    Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio 

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    CLE 00010210000 4 7 0

    W: P. Coke (4-2)

    L: J. Tomlin (6-9)

    Tigers-Indians Preview


    Max Scherzer doesn't seem too concerned that he hasn't looked completely sharp over his last three starts for the Detroit Tigers.

    The right-hander looks to bounce back from his worst outing in more than two months Thursday night against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

    After yielding 10 runs in four innings of an 11-4 loss to Kansas City on June 17, Scherzer (15-5, 3.26 ERA) went 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA over a 10-start stretch. However, in three outings since that run of dominance, he's gone 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA.

    He gave up six runs and nine hits but also struck out 11 without a walk in 6 2/3 innings of a 6-3 defeat against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

    "The margin of error between success and failure, right now, is razor thin," Scherzer told MLB's official website. "You have to be really on top of your game to have success.

    "Really, in my mind, I felt I had great stuff (Saturday). But it only takes a couple pitches to get beat."

    Scherzer gave up seven runs and 12 hits in seven innings of an 11-10, 13-inning loss at Cleveland on May 21, but then yielded three runs and 12 hits while walking six in 11 2/3 innings to go 1-0 in his last two starts against the Indians (71-66).

    Cleveland is batting .308 against Scherzer this season, and won 7-0 on Wednesday after being outscored 16-3 in losing the first two of this four-game set.

    "Hopefully, we get some momentum from a game like this," said Indians catcher Yan Gomes, who is 10 for 25 in six contests since coming off the seven-day concussion list.

    Infielder Jose Ramirez, who has never faced Scherzer, had three hits after going 0 for 8 with four strikeouts in the first two of the set. He's 10 for 25 with three RBIs in his last six at Progressive Field.

    Teammate Michael Brantley is hitting .385 in six games for the Indians, who have won 14 of 21. Half of Brantley's 14 hits in 41 at-bats versus Scherzer have been doubles. He's 6 for 10 with three doubles against him this season.

    Cleveland's Trevor Bauer (5-7, 3.99) has allowed eight hits and struck out 15 while walking eight over 11 2/3 scoreless innings to go 1-0 in his last two starts. He walked five and yielded four hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-2, 11-inning victory at Kansas City on Saturday.

    Though the right-hander has a 4.42 ERA in three starts against the Tigers (76-63), he's 2-0 in those contests.

    Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez are a combined 9 for 26 versus Bauer.

    After resting his sore ankle during Sunday's finale against the White Sox, Cabrera is 8 for 13 in the series. He's 12 for 22 in his last five games in Cleveland.

    Catcher Alex Avila, who is 4 for 7 with a home run against Bauer, could return after sitting Wednesday to recover from being hit in the mask by a foul ball Tuesday.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW1W1
    Last 106-46-4

    Pitching Matchup

    M. Scherzer
    18-5, 3.15 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at DET
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Win
    T. Bauer
    5-8, 4.18 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/24 vs KC
    4.1 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. I. Kinsler, 2B M. Bourn, CF
    2. T. Collins, RF J. Ramirez, SS
    3. M. Cabrera, DH M. Brantley, LF
    4. V. Martinez, 1B C. Santana, 1B
    5. J. Martinez, RF J. Kipnis, 2B
    6. N. Castellanos, 3B Y. Gomes, C
    7. B. Holaday, C L. Chisenhall, 3B
    8. H. Perez, SS Z. Walters, DH
    9. R. Davis, LF T. Holt, RF

    Research Notes

    If any player can get to Max Scherzer tonight, it might be Michael Brantley. The Tribe outfielder leads all players with 9 career extra-base hits against Scherzer including 3 doubles in 2014.
    Following last night's shutout by Danny Salazar (9 K, 0 BB), Indians starters lead MLB in ERA and strikeouts per 9 innings since August 1st.
    Max Scherzer enters the night riding a 5-decision winning streak against the Indians... Scherzer is 1 win shy of tying Justin Verlander and Mike Maroth for the 2nd-longest winning streak by a Tigers starter against Cleveland in the last 30 years.
    Trevor Bauer has thrown his curveball 43.6 percent of the time in two strike counts, the fourth-highest rate among qualifying pitchers since the All-Star Break. Torii Hunter is in the 90th percentile in swing-and-miss percentage against curveballs thrown by righties this season.

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