Scherzer struck out 14 in 5 2-3 shutout innings hours after he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo, helping the
Scherzer allowed two hits, walked four and hit a batter in his first game since he was sent down following a rough opening stretch of the season. He was only called back up because
The right-hander fell just two strikeouts short of Mickey Lolich's team record despite being taken out in the sixth inning.
"I don't want to get crazy and carried away, because this was one outing, but obviously that was pretty impressive," Tigers manager
Scherzer was acquired from Arizona over the winter and went 1-4 with a 7.29 ERA in his first eight starts with the Tigers. He fixed a mechanical flaw and gave up one run in 15 innings over two starts with the
"My arm was wrapping too much around my body - it's very complex, but I needed to shorten my arm action," he said. "That's what I did, and all of a sudden, my fastball had that zip again."
"They got the leadoff hitter on in every inning and scored in all but one of them," Braden said. "I'm not a math major, but that doesn't seem good for me. Plus we were going against a team that had just woke up
Detroit scored single runs in the first four innings and five of the first six. Cabrera doubled in a run in the third and hit a three-run shot in the Tigers' five-run eighth.
Scherzer (2-4) struck out seven in the first three innings.
"I could tell from the first inning from his velocity and the life on his fastball that he was going to have a good game," Tigers catcher
Scherzer struck out the first two batters of the sixth, then narrowly missed on a 3-2 pitch to Cust. He then hit Ellis with his 113th pitch and was removed by manager Jim Leyland. The crowd of 32,510 saluted Scherzer's effort with a standing ovation.
"That meant a lot," Scherzer said. "These are some of the best fans in baseball, so for them to give me that kind of support - it tickles me to death."
Detroit put the game away with five runs off
"There's not a lot you can do with Cabrera," Oakland manager