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             === Scherzer takes ball in meeting with White Sox ===
 
 (Sports  Network) -  Staff  ace Max  Scherzer  will try  to  pitch Detroit  to
 another  win when the Tigers square off with the Chicago White Sox on Saturday
 night.
 
 In  game one of  this three-game series, the Tigers were able to collect a 2-1
 victory  behind a  strong outing from Doug Fister. The right-hander went eight
 innings,  allowing just  a single  run to  earn his  10th win  of the  season.
 Joaquin Benoit pitched a scoreless ninth inning to seal the game.
 
 Prince  Fielder  was 2-for-4 in  the contest  while Austin Jackson homered and
 Jose  Iglesias drove in  a run in his debut with the Tigers. Iglesias was sent
 to  Detroit as part  of the three-team trade between the Red Sox and White Sox
 earlier this week.
 
 The  Tigers have been  red hot recently with wins in six straight games and 10
 of  their last 11.  They are three games ahead of Cleveland for the AL Central
 lead.
 
 Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was scratched from Friday's starting
 lineup after taking ground balls during batting practice. Cabrera has been
 bothered by an abdominal injury.
 
 Getting tagged with the loss for Chicago was Hector Santiago, who pitched well
 but  not  enough to  win. Santiago allowed  two runs over  seven innings as he
 fell to 3-7 on the season.
 
 Alex  Rios went 2-for-3 and drove in the White Sox's lone run in the loss, the
 eighth straight for Chicago.
 
 Looking to build on the success he had in his last start, John Danks will take
 to the hill on Saturday afternoon for the White Sox.
 
 Danks missed a bulk of the season while recovering from a shoulder injury that
 ended  his  2012 season. He was  activated off the DL  on May 19 and since has
 started in 13 games.
 
 Most of those games have not gone Danks' way. The left-hander is just 2-8 with
 an ERA of 4.57 this season though he has pitched in at least six innings in 11
 of his 13 starts.
 
 That  included his  most recent effort when  he allowed two runs, one of which
 was  earned, over  six innings against Cleveland. The White Sox still lost the
 game,  3-2,  marking the third  straight game they  have dropped with Danks on
 the mound.
 
 In  the start  before that one, Danks pitched against this same Detroit squad.
 Though  he lasted  seven innings, he was also  lit up for six runs on 11 hits.
 Danks is now 4-8 with a 5.53 ERA during his career against the Tigers.
 
 Scherzer,  the MLB  wins leader,  will be  opposing Danks  in this  AL Central
 battle.
 
 Scherzer  currently owns  a 15-1  record --  tops in  the majors.  During what
 has  been  a career year for  the hard throwing right-hander, Scherzer is also
 among  the top  five pitchers in baseball in strikeouts (164) and WHIP (0.92).
 His 3.01 ERA is also among the top 20 in MLB as well.
 
 In  Scherzer's most  recent start, he pitched six scoreless innings and struck
 out  seven batters while  allowing just a single hit in a 10-0 win against the
 Phillies. Scherzer has now gone 2-1 since starting the All-Star Game.
 
 Like  Danks, Scherzer is  also just two starts from removed from pitching in a
 matchup  of  these two  teams. Scherzer  pitched well  in that outing, lasting
 eight  innings while allowing just two runs. The five strikeouts he had in the
 contest  were a season  low. In his career, Scherzer is 6-4 with a 2.49 ERA in
 14 starts against the White Sox.
 
 Detroit has a 5-3 edge over Chicago in the season series.
 
 
 08/03 09:11:26 ET