Rangers hand Max Scherzer first loss of 2013

Max Scherzer's record is no longer perfect.
Max Scherzer's record is no longer perfect. (USATSI)

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Max Scherzer will not go undefeated this season. The Tigers ace, who came into the weekend with a sparkling 13-0 record, suffered his first loss of 2013 at the hands of the Rangers on Saturday night. They tagged him for four runs in six innings in the 7-1 win.

Scherzer, 28, was the first pitcher to win his first 13 decisions since Roger Clemens in 1986. Only four times in his first 18 starts of the season did he leave the game with the score tied. He never once left a game in line for the loss. Pretty impressive considering the All-Star break is right around the corner.

In 19 starts this year, Scherzer has pitched to a 3.19 ERA with 152 strikeouts in 129 2/3 innings. His 4.90 K/BB is by far the best of his career, easily eclipsing his 3.85 K/BB from last season. Scherzer was elected to the All-Star Game for the first time this summer and stands a very good chance of starting the game for the AL team on Tuesday at Citi Field.

With the loss, the Tigers are now 51-42 and 1 1/2 games up on the Indians in the AL Central.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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