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Los Angeles at Detroit

Venue: Comerica Park
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Led by an offense that has gone on a tear over the past week, the Los Angeles Angels continued their dominance over the Detroit Tigers in the series opener.

The Angels could struggle to extend that power surge as they face 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on Saturday.

C.J. Wilson looks to set a franchise record by winning his 11th straight road decision when Los Angeles goes for an 11th consecutive victory over Detroit.

While the Angels (8-8) have scored 7.4 runs per game with 17 homers over the last seven contests, they've also hit .308 with 10 homers and averaged 6.9 runs during their run against the Tigers (7-6).

Albert Pujols hit his 497th home run Friday and Howie Kendrick added two of his own as Los Angeles pounded 10 of its 13 hits for extra bases in an 11-6 win that extended the longest active streak by one team over another.

Mike Trout added two doubles, leaving him 14 for 33 (.424) over his last seven games. The star outfielder has gone 18 for 45 (.400) with four homers and 15 RBIs during the streak against the Tigers.

Scherzer (0-1, 2.70 ERA) held Los Angeles to two runs and five hits over eight innings Sept. 7, 2012, before the Angels pushed across a run in the ninth for a 3-2 home win to start that streak. He's 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 22 innings over his last three meetings - all during that season.

The right-hander still seeks his first victory of 2014 after giving up four runs while striking out 10 over six innings Sunday in a 5-1 loss at San Diego. The lineup hasn't given Scherzer much help, scoring three runs in his three starts.

''There were times where he was unhittable, there were times when he was human," manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday. "You're going to have days like that, but he certainly kept us in the game.''

Wilson (2-1, 3.92), who has allowed three runs over 15 innings to win his last two starts, gave up two runs over seven Sunday while striking out nine in a 14-2 home victory over the New York Mets.

"(Pitching coach Mike) Butcher gave me a tip," Wilson told MLB's official website. "He thought I was opening up a little bit too much with my hips. That worked, and it was off to the races from there."

The left-hander has been in control on the road, going 10-0 with a 3.44 ERA in 13 starts dating to last season. He's trying to become the first Angel to win 11 straight away from home, surpassing Chuck Finley's 10-game run from 1997-1998.

Coincidentally, Scherzer was the last pitcher to win 11 consecutive road decisions from August 2012-August 2013.

Wilson could have a tough time matching that streak since he's 1-3 with a 9.38 ERA in his last five outings - four starts - at Comerica Park, including Game 5 of the 2011 ALCS while with Texas.

Former Angels outfielder Torii Hunter has gone 11 for 33 with two home runs when facing Wilson, while former Texas teammate Ian Kinsler is 8 for 18 with four extra-base hits.

Third baseman David Freese was a late scratch Friday due to tightness in his quad for the Angels, who are already missing outfielders Kole Calhoun and Josh Hamilton.

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Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Los Angeles2nd AL West2424.50065-5 W 1
Detroit3rd AL Central2821.5711 ½ 5-5 L 1
 
 

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Los Angeles
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E. AybarHamstring
C. CowgillWrist
M. MorinOblique
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Detroit
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Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
May 28LAALAA 12-2Wilson Farmer 
May 29LAA10:05 PM EDT  
May 30LAA10:05 PM EDT  
May 31LAA 8:05 PM EDT  
Aug 25DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Aug 26DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Aug 27DET 1:08 PM EDT