DETROIT – Max Scherzer struck out 14 in 5 2-3 shutout innings hours after he was recalled from the minors, helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Sunday.
Scherzer allowed two hits, walked four and hit a batter in his first game with Detroit since he was sent down following an awful start. The right-hander fell just two strikeouts short of Mickey Lolich's team record despite being taken out in the sixth inning.
Scherzer was acquired from Arizona over the winter and went 1-4 with a 7.29 ERA in his first eight starts with the Tigers. He was only called back up because Armando Galarraga, Sunday's scheduled starter, pitched in relief on Friday and wasn't available.
The Tigers and Athletics conclude their series this afternoon at Comerica Park, with Justin Verlander scheduled to get the start for the Tigers against Trevor Cahill of Oakland.