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Tigers Vs. Red Sox: Detroit Tries To Avoid Sweep In Beantown

The Detroit Tigers will try to salvage a victory from what has thus far been a dreadful series against the Boston Red Sox.

The Tigers have pretty well squandered any momentum they had after last weekend's three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. They have dropped the first three games of the four-game swing through Boston, falling 5.5 games back of AL Central-leading Chicago and 4.0 games back of Cleveland.

Max Scherzer will take one of the league's stranger stat lines to the hill Thursday. Scherzer, 4-3, has MLB's best strikeout rate at 12.0 per nine innings, but also an inflated 5.67 ERA. While rain-shortened, his last outing was representative of the season as a whole: 5.1 innings, nine strikeouts and three earned runs.

The Red Sox will start Josh Beckett, who is 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 Eastern.

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