♦ Heavy-hearted Max Scherzer pitches well two days after brother's death
How he pushed through the day, much less endured a baseball game, was known only to Max Scherzer.
But he pitched Saturday at PNC Park, and pitched well, two days after his brother, Alex, died.
Scherzer technically was the loser in a 4-1 Pirates victory over the Tigers as 38,734 watched, most of them unaware Detroit's man on the mound was dealing with personal grief on an extraordinary level.
"It's a situation where I don't think anyone can understand it unless you've gone through it," said Tigers catcher Alex Avila, aware of how close Scherzer was to his younger brother, 24, who died from causes not officially disclosed.
Alex Scherzer had a degree in economics, as well as a masters in business administration, each from the University of Missouri. He worked for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Much in the fashion of his brother, a business finance major broker when Max was at Missouri, Alex was known as a statistics wizard.
♦ Max Scherzer returns to pitch for Tigers after his brother's death (Detroit News)
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