Tigers' Max Scherzer becomes first since Clemens in '97 to start 11-0

Detroit's Max Scherzer joined some elite company on Saturday night. (USATSI)
Detroit's Max Scherzer joined some elite company on Saturday night. (USATSI)

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On Saturday night, Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer made a bit of recent history. In defeating the Red Sox at home, Scherzer became the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1997 to start the season with an 11-0 record. At the same time, Scherzer became the first Tiger to go 11-0 since George Mullin in 1909.

Against Boston, Scherzer allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings of work and struck out six while walking none. On the season, Scherzer now has an ERA of 3.05 to go with an 0.91 WHIP and a 5.08 K/BB ratio. Coming into Saturday night's start, Scherzer ranked second to only Yu Darvish of the Rangers in strikeouts as a percentage of plate appearances. Given the strength of his peripheral numbers, Scherzer's ERA should really be lower than it already is.

Barring the unforeseen, Scherzer's next start will be Friday at Tampa Bay. That outing will provide him with the opportunity to becomes the first starter to begin the season 12-0 since ... Roger Clemens in 1986. That season, Clemens opened his eventual AL-MVP season with a mark of 14-0.

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Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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