MU IN THE MAJORS
♦ Detroit 5, Toronto 3: Tigers' Max Scherzer passes Verlander in K's, wins (Detroit Free Press)
The race for strikeout supremacy in the American League continued Tuesday night between teammates Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.
Scherzer took the AL lead with eight strikeouts, giving him a career-high 186 this season in the Tigers' 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night before 39,499 at Comerica Park.
Scherzer, who leads Verlander by six K's, also took the team lead in victories with 13 as the Tigers (65-57) kept pace with the Central-leading White Sox with 40 games left. They are two games behind Chicago, which beat New York.
MU IN THE MINORS
♦ Tepesch, Mendonca named Texas League players of the week (Lonestar Dugout)
A pair of Frisco RoughRiders swept the Texas League's weekly awards for the period of August 13-19. On Monday, the circuit announced that right-hander Nick Tepesch was its pitcher of the week and third baseman Tom Mendonca was the player of the week.
Tepesch, 23, hurled seven innings of two-hit shutout ball in his only start last week, walking one and striking out five. The University of Missouri product has a 3.57 earned-run average in 13 appearances (11 starts) at Double-A Frisco. Between the High- and Double-A levels this season, he has a 3.24 ERA in 147.1 innings.
♦ Bond, Peguero among candidates for Sept. call-up (Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area)
Prior to 2011's season-ending injury, Bond posted solid numbers at each minor league level. In 2010, he split time between Triple-A Fresno and Double-A Richmond, knocking in a combined 39 runs, with 27 doubles and five triples in 129 games. This season is no exception for the utility infielder; he is currently batting .343 (97-for-283) with 11 doubles, two triples and 28 RBI in 90 games.
“This season I have learned to be more consistent,” Bond said. “Not playing everyday and sitting the bench for a while and then going in randomly, I feel like I have been ready.”
He has played second base, third base and left field but spent the majority of his time being the designated hitter. As a pinch hitter he is hitting .421 (8-for-19) with a double and an RBI. Bond would be a great bat off the bench for the San Francisco Giants; the only problem is that he is not on the 40-man roster.
“I have always wanted to play in the big leagues,” Bond said. “It’s been on my mind since I was a little kid. That is my goal and if it happened I would be really excited.”
♦ Walters, Gibson show progress in rehab outings (mlb.com)
Gibson, meanwhile, made his second rehab start with Class A Advanced Fort Myers. The right-hander, who is coming off Tommy John surgery last September, gave up just one run on three hits over four innings.
He's now pitched in nine games in the Minors this season, posting a 2.49 ERA with 23 strikeouts and five walks in 21 2/3 innings.
♦ Texas Rangers Minor League Player To Watch: Brett Nicholas (Not Quite Ready Rangers)
2012 saw him begin the season with Myrtle Beach. It has been a season of his being almost completely a 1st baseman. In 97 games that he has played in, 86 have been at 1st base, 8 at catcher and 3 at the DH. This has been a big change for him as not being a bat off the bench but an everyday player. He has made the most of this change and it hitting .284/.339/.404 which is good for the highest batting average of any current Pelican. He has surpassed the 100 hit mark and is at 50 RBI.
Had it not been for the decision of Andrew Clark to retire after the 2nd game of the year, Nicholas may not have been given the playing time he has been. But Nicholas made the most of it, and has successfully made a point that he needs to be considered for promotion to Frisco.
♦ Who is Ryan Lollis? (forums.mlb.com)
I saw him at S-K. All I seem to remember he unloaded a couple missiles from RF, but could have been someone else.