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Venue: Comerica Park
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Max Scherzer came up short in his first bid for a 14-0 start. He could have a better chance in his second one.

The Detroit Tigers starter is unbeaten in seven regular-season outings against the Texas Rangers heading into Saturday night's matchup at Comerica Park.

Scherzer (13-0, 3.06 ERA) is attempting to become the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to open with 14 straight wins, and the first to take a 14-0 mark into the All-Star break. His six-start win streak ended Monday in Cleveland as he gave up two runs over seven innings in a 4-2, 10-inning victory.

The right-hander has been fortunate to own the majors' best run support average at 7.57. He extended his streak of consecutive regular-season starts without a defeat to 19, and his run of 18 in a row such outings to begin a season matches the fourth-longest streak since 1916.

He's 15-1 with a 2.99 ERA over his last 20 home starts, including two in last year's postseason. Scherzer is also 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA in the regular season against the Rangers.

"For me, I know I have to bring my 'A' game against them," Scherzer told the Tigers' official website. "They're talented from top to bottom. They do a really good job with speed and power - speed at the top of the lineup, power in the middle of the lineup."

Scherzer went 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA in two 2011 ALCS starts against the Rangers (53-40), who feel he has improved since then.

"He's got a tremendous slider and a turbo sinker," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He works fast and throws strikes."

Washington will hand the ball to Derek Holland (7-4, 3.19).

The Rangers are 5-0 in Holland's starts against the Tigers (51-41), including two in the 2011 ALCS. He has a 4.94 ERA in those games, however.

"I've got to match Scherzer pitch for pitch," Holland said. "He's 13-0 for a reason, so I have to do everything I can to match him."

Holland improved to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his last seven road starts by allowing five runs over 6 2-3 innings of an 8-5 win over Baltimore on Monday.

Miguel Cabrera, five RBIs shy of 100, is hitting a major league-best .418 against left-handers. He's 3 for 3 with two homers against Holland this year.

"The last time, he took care of me," Holland said. "This time, I have to take care of him. But I can't take for granted the rest of the lineup. They have some pretty good hitters."

That includes Victor Martinez, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games in Friday's 7-2 victory in the opener of this three-game set. He is batting .446 with 10 runs during the streak.

Texas has totaled four runs during a three-game slide as Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz combined to go 0 for 8 on Friday.

"We need to get to the break, give everyone a break, and get it together," Washington said.

Beltre's 13-game hitting streak was snapped while Cruz had been 10 for 29 during a seven-game run.

The Tigers are 9-12 when opponents start left-handers.

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Probable Starters

Derek Holland, LHP
2013 stats
118.2 Innings Pitched 123.2
7-4 Wins-Losses 13-0
3.19 Earned Run Average 3.06
32 Walks 29
114 Strikeouts 146
103 Pitches Per Start 106
Career vs. opponent
16.1 Innings Pitched 43.0
0-0 Wins-Losses 4-0
3.31 Earned Run Average 3.35

Max Scherzer, RHP
Weather
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Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
83°F65°F9mph/E47%6%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Texas5th AL West815.3488 ½ 3-7 W 1
Detroit2nd AL Central169.640 ½ 5-5 W 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Max Scherzer
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Cruz186105.333
Pierzynski3110103.323
Kinsler165013.313
Beltre134003.308
Moreland113003.273
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Derek Holland
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Pena73211.429
Cabrera83213.375
Peralta62002.333
Hunter3711259.297
Jackson61103.167
 

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