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            === Surging Tigers go for sweep of hapless White Sox ===
 (Sports  Network) - The Detroit Tigers will try to complete a three-game sweep
 of  the Chicago White  Sox when the two teams match up in an AL Central battle
 at Comerica Park on Sunday.
 Doug Fister shut down the White Sox on Friday night as the Tigers earned a 2-1
 victory to open up the three-game set.
 Saturday  was  much of the same  as another strong pitching performance from a
 Detroit starter carried Detroit in a 3-0 victory.
 Max  Scherzer was just  about as dominant as he has been all season in earning
 his  Major  League-leading 16th win  in the  contest. The right-hander gave up
 just  three  hits over 7  2/3 innings of work  while striking out six batters.
 Recent trade acquisition Jose Veras got the final out in the eighth inning and
 then  Joaquin Benoit shut  the door with a scoreless ninth as he picked up his
 12th save.
 The Tigers were powered on offense by solo home runs from Torii Hunter, Jhonny
 Peralta and Jose Iglesias, another trade pickup by the Tigers. Detroit has won
 seven  straight games and  11 of its last 12 and remained three games ahead of
 the Indians for the Al Central lead.
 Miguel  Cabrera was  not in the lineup  for the second straight night after he
 was scratched from the lineup on Friday with an abdominal injury.
 John  Danks fell to  2-9 on the season despite allowing just three runs on six
 hits in seven innings of work for the White Sox. Chicago went just 4-for-20 as
 a  team  and had no extra-base  hits. The loss  was the ninth straight for the
 White Sox.
 Coming  off his impressive MLB debut, rookie Andre Rienzo will try to keep the
 success going when he finishes the series for the White Sox.
 Rienzo  was  called up to make  a start on  Tuesday and certainly left a solid
 impression.  The 25-year-old Brazilian pitched seven innings and did not allow
 an  earned run, though three unearned runs came across, while striking out six
 batters  against  Cleveland. Even  though he  did not  factor in the decision,
 expectations have obviously elevated for the pitcher.
 An  undrafted  free agent signing  in 2006, Rienzo  spent the beginning of the
 2013  season with  the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. In 20 starts he compiled an
 8-6 record and a 4.06 ERA.
 At  24 years  old, Rick Porcello is actually younger than his opposing pitcher
 in  this contest. Porcello originally came up at the age of 20 during the 2009
 season for the Tigers and since has been a fixture in the rotation.
 On  Sunday Porcello will be making his 20th start of the season as he looks to
 improve on his 8-6 record and 4.49 ERA.
 Porcello had a very nice July as he went a perfect 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four
 starts  during  the month. The  most recent of  those outings came last Sunday
 when he allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings against the Phillies.
 Two  of  Porcello's four starts  in July actually  came against the White Sox.
 While  picking  up wins in  each contest, Porcello also  posted a 2.08 ERA and
 struck  out seven  batters  in  13 innings.  In  his  career against  Chicago,
 Porcello is 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
 Detroit has a 6-3 edge over Chicago in the season series.
 08/04 09:33:31 ET