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♦ Max Scherzer could give Tigers another pitching ace (Detroit Free Press)
Max Scherzer retired the first 16 Yankees he faced Saturday.♦ Max Scherzer baffles Yankees despite Tigers' loss (Detroit News)
"He was really impressive," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
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Scherzer's line: seven innings, three hits, two runs, no walks, eight strikeouts, 81 pitches.
"He was dominant, throwing everything for a strike," said third baseman Don Kelly. "He's got the stuff. He was getting ahead of guys, which is huge."
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Leyland said: "I've seen this before from him. When he gets in a good slot and good release point and repeats it, that's what can happen. If I can get that all year -- that kind of consistency in his delivery -- I'd be one happy camper."
It was an outstanding outing all the same — one that pretty much told Scherzer that he's ready for the regular season to begin.
"I'm getting ready to say that," he said. "But the biggest thing I'm hanging my hat on is that in the last two starts, I haven't walked anybody.
"I'm getting ahead of the hitters. Now it's a matter of getting stretched out."
Manager Jim Leyland likes his starters to be able to throw 100 pitches in their first start of the season, if needed. Scherzer was up to 81 on Saturday — with fastballs topping out at 95 mph.