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Max Scherzer starting for Tigers, with Miguel Cabrera at third base

Oct 3, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Max Scherzer was scratched from tonight’s scheduled start after injuring his ankle in the division-winning celebration Monday, but apparently he woke up this morning feeling a whole lot better.

Jim Leyland has changed plans, deciding to start Scherzer against the Royals after all, and Miguel Cabrera is also in the Tigers’ lineup at third base instead of taking the game off to preserve his batting average lead in the Triple Crown pursuit.

It’ll be a key start for Scherzer, because even before hurting his ankle celebrating he was a question mark for the playoffs due to lingering shoulder problems. He’s thrown just seven innings and 124 pitches in the past 20 days.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    This is just a test run for Scherzer. I doubt either player will be in the game long. By the end last night, they were playing guys I hadn’t even heard of (and they still only lost by 1).

    Miggy!!!!

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    If Miggy only has 3 at bats, he should still win the batting title even if Trout goes 4 for 4. Hamilton does not have a HR after 6 innings. Hamilton probably has only 1 at bat left in the game.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 3, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      After 8 innings, Hamilton has 1 single in 5 at bats. He is unlikely to get another at bat. The Triple Crown is easily in Miggy’s grasp.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      No HR for Hamy and Trout hit by a pitch in his first at-bat. I think this is it.

  3. philliesblow - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    So Scherzer has been having problems with his shoulder and he’s going to start with a less than 100% ankle that could affect his throwing motion? Not the brightest idea I’ve ever heard of.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    If Miggy gets hurt, Leyland will be second-guessed forever.

  5. legacybroken - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Trout also recorded an out which means Miggy’s BA is safe. We have our first triple crown winner in 45 years and hopefully Miggy is named AL MVP.

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