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Tigers blow away Indians for 12th straight win, Max Scherzer improves to 17-1

Aug 8, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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Jim Leyland’s club are doing their best to make sure there will be no September drama in the American League Central this year.

The Tigers notched their 12th consecutive victory tonight with a 10-3 win over the Indians at Progressive Field. It wrapped up a four-game sweep of Cleveland and extended their lead to seven games in the division.

Detroit scored six runs in the third inning, chasing Indians’ starter Zach McAllister from the ballgame. They added two more in the fourth and fifth innings, which was more than enough for Max Scherzer, who gave up two runs over seven innings to improve to 17-1 on the year. Yes, wins aren’t everything, but consider that no other pitcher in MLB has more than 14 of them right now. With a 2.84 ERA and 175 strikeouts over 158 1/3 innings, Scherzer is looking like the early leader in the clubhouse for the AL Cy Young Award.

The Indians had designs on making their move in the AL Central this week, but they were so thoroughly beaten down that Indians manager Terry Francona let position player Ryan Raburn pitch the ninth inning tonight. He actually delivered a 1-2-3 inning, including a swinging strikeout of Matt Tuiasosopo, but that was a minor highlight in an otherwise disappointing week for Cleveland.

  1. 2dmo4 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Detroit may be bankrupt, but they own the Cleveland Indians.

  2. ryanprzy - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    The Tigers are ferocious. I can promise you that.

  3. sandrafluke2012 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    The Tigers traded Granderson for Jackson, Scherzer. This was pound for pound, the best trade in MLB history. Dombrowski is good

    • moogro - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:57 AM

      Yankees might’ve been in the playoff hunt with those two.

      • dan1111 - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:57 AM

        The Yankees might have been in the playoff hunt with any two random hitters taken from any other team’s starting lineup. But, fortunately for those of us who believe in everything that is good and right with the world, they ain’t got nothing.

      • spursareold - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        It was a three way trade with the D-Bags, so the Yankees never had Max to lose.

  4. kcrobert10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Just a heads up but next weekend 2 of the hottest teams in baseball are going to brawl in Detroit. Five games in four days its going to be a blast. Go royals…..

    • historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Thank dog it’s in the D. Grrrrrr!!!!!

      • kcrobert10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:13 AM

        Doesn’t matter where they play kc has beaten Detroit all yr last I checked.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      The Royals? Is this a joke? Both the Dodgers and Braves are hotter than the Royals

    • hgfrombc2 - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      “Doesn’t matter where they play kc has beaten Detroit all yr last I checked”.

      So 3-5 counts as beating them all year? Using your math, I can see why you still think they can catch the Tigers.

      • kcrobert10 - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Sure talk bad about the royals all you want but they have gone 16 out of 20 since the all star break including beating the tigers 2 times (oh the just happened to roll out verlander and sherzer in those wins). So yes I think the royals can make a run. Also be scared cause this team is extremely young and next yr you may want to not play them at all.

  5. jsally430 - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Sandra fluke….I think the Andrew miller and cameron maybin for dontrell was a bust you still got of the premier players of our generation. but even that trades not the greatest in history. idk about you but the Yankees buying babe Ruth for 125k was pretty awesome….even if it wasn’t a trade that’s still the best move ever

    • bjbroderick - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      I am assuming you are including the main player in that trade. Even giving Dontrell a contract extension sight unseen was totally worth it to get Cabrera locked up. That was a total fleecing. And we just end up signing the players we trade away to minor league deals anyway…

  6. beelza - Aug 9, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Detroit city is bankrupt – true. Tribe fans are so broke they can’t afford tickets to their hometeam’s games.

  7. barkleyblows - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    The city of Detroit maybe a dump. But Cleveland sports teams are horrendous. Looks like another collapse for the Injuns.

  8. moogro - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:58 AM


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      • nbjays - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:20 AM

        Sarcastic statement.


  9. janessa31888 - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Thanks for rubbing it in!!! Grrrrr!!! The only thing funny last night was Ryan Raburn pitching a scoreless ninth.He is is quite the utility player.
    With all that talent, the Tigers had better win the World Series. Even though I hate them, I don’t see why they wont be winning it all.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      If it makes you feel any better, y’all broke my heart twice rooting for you on a WS run. Twice.

  10. tigersfandan - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    As I am strongly anti-Raburn, that 9th inning could have been quite infuriating for me … if we weren’t wrapping up a four game sweep with a 10-3 victory!

  11. mungman69 - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Does anyone want to play the Tirgers in the playoffs?

  12. crystalinadumass - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Scherzer, Verlander, Cabrera, Fielder…Detroit’s got the talent to win it all this year. Royals may have won a handful of games, but you have to keep the wins coming for people to take your team serious. The way it stands, I don’t view them as a top team.

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