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    Starting Pitchers
    Detroit: Scherzer (6-0, 2.81 ERA)
    Pittsburgh: Correia (5-4, 3.97 ERA)

    Tigers-Pirates Preview
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    Detroit's Joe Louis was the heavyweight boxing champion the last time a Tigers pitcher was 7-0 before the end of May.

    Judging by his performance in interleague play last season, Max Scherzer might be the next one to accomplish that feat Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Scherzer (6-0, 2.81 ERA) had a chance to become the first seven-game winner in the majors Monday against Toronto but did not get a decision despite allowing one unearned run over seven innings.

    The right-hander will likely have a couple more opportunities to match Vern Kennedy's mark from 1938 and his best chance might come Saturday. During his first season in Detroit, Scherzer was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts against the NL, and he's 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his three outings this month.

    Scherzer, though, will face a Pittsburgh team that's seeking a season-high fourth straight win. The Pirates (21-23) have scored 20 runs over their past three games after totaling 15 during a season-high, six-game slide.

    They scored six of those runs in the sixth inning of Friday's series opener at PNC Park. Lyle Overbay led off that frame with a homer and Garrett Jones and Neil Walker followed with two-run doubles.

    Walker tacked on a three-run homer during the 10-1 win and finished with a career-best five RBIs. He's batting .328 in 18 home games this season and has driven in seven runs in his last three.

    The Tigers (22-22), meanwhile, have scored six times during a four-game skid after tallying 67 runs over a 10-1 stretch.

    "We're just not swinging the bats right now," manager Jim Leyland said. "It's as simple as that. We need to start scoring runs. We've got to find a way to break out of this."

    Leyland's team might have a chance to snap out of its slump with the struggling Kevin Correia (5-4, 3.97) starting Saturday. The right-hander has an 8.71 ERA over consecutive defeats after opening his first season in Pittsburgh 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA.

    He matched a season high with six runs allowed over four innings Sunday in Milwaukee.

    "I've felt so good out there the first eight or nine starts I've had," Correia told the team's website. "This was the first day I struggled getting the ball where I wanted to get it."

    Correia, who has never faced the Tigers, is 2-1 in his last five starts against AL opponents and was 0-1 with a 5.51 ERA in his three last season for San Diego.

    Scherzer, 1-0 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against Pittsburgh, is trying to become the first Tigers pitcher to start 7-0 since Jeremy Bonderman won his first eight decisions in 2007.

    With Friday's loss, Detroit fell to 63-28 in interleague play since the beginning of the 2006 season and one game behind Boston for the best record in the majors.

    Whether Brandon Inge can help them match the Red Sox again is unknown. The Tigers third baseman sat out Friday's game with sickness.

    The Pirates' Pedro Alvarez also re-aggravated a right quad injury and his status is uncertain for Saturday.

    Pittsburgh heads into that game 51-51 all-time at home during interleague play.

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    Default Re: Game 45 : Pirates vs. Tigers : 05.21.11 : Live Game Thread!

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    Detroit Tigers (22-22) at Pittsburgh Pirates (21-23), 7:05 p.m.

    (Sports Network) - Detroit will try to snap out of its recent funk when the Tigers look to claw out a victory this evening against the Pittsburgh Pirates in interleague action at PNC Park.

    The Pirates opened the three-game series with a 10-1 victory over the Tigers on Friday night. It was a rare interleague victory for Pittsburgh, which owned the worst interleague mark in the majors heading into Friday at 73-123.

    With the win the Pirates snapped a three-game slide against the Tigers and now own a 7-6 edge over Detroit at Pittsburgh.

    On Friday, Lyle Overbay belted a solo home run that started a six-run sixth inning for Pittsburgh, which did not look back from that point on.

    Neil Walker drove in career-high five runs that included a three-run homer for the Pirates, who have won three straight. Garrett Jones brought in two runs in the win.

    Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens (3-2) threw six solid innings, surrendering just one run on three hits and walked none.

    Ramon Santiago's home run was the only offense for Detroit, which has dropped four straight since reeling off seven consecutive wins.

    Tigers starter Brad Penny (4-4) had a three-start win streak snapped, allowing five runs on six hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

    Justin Verlander is the clear cut ace of the Detroit staff, but Max Scherzer has proven to be a very dangerous second option, and the 26-year-old will take the hill this evening looking to move to 7-0 on this young season.

    Scherzer did not land a decision the last time he toed the rubber, but the hard-throwing right-hander was still effective. Scherzer allowed just one run, which was unearned, through seven innings. He only struck out two batters, which was his lowest total on the year, but he also lowered his ERA to an impressive 2.81 on the season.

    If there is one knock on Scherzer's hot start it would be his performance on the road. In four games away from Comerica Park the right-hander is 3-0, but the record is misleading considering he possesses a 5.96 earned run average in those appearances. In 22 2/3 innings as the visitor Scherzer has allowed 15 runs on 26 hits and has also surrendered all eight of his home runs in opposing ball parks.

    This will be the fourth career appearance for Scherzer against Pittsburgh and the third start. The right-hander might be 1-0 against the Pirates, but he has allowed six runs on 15 hits in just 14 2/3 innings of work.

    After a surprising start to the season Kevin Correia seems to have returned to form, and that is a pitcher with a career record below .500 and a 4.52 earned run average.

    Since winning five of his first eight starts, the veteran right-hander has dropped back-to-back outings, and has done so in ugly fashion, allowing 11 runs -- 10 earned -- on 18 hits in just 10 1/3 innings of duty.

    The last time Correia toed the rubber the right-hander had his shortest outing of the season, lasting just four innings in a loss to Milwaukee. Correia was no match for the heavy hitting Brewers lineup, as he was tattooed for six runs on eight hits.

    This will be the first-ever start for Correia against the Tigers, and it will come at home where the savvy veteran has been dreadful. In four starts at PNC Park the right-hander has surrendered 16 runs on 26 hits in 18 innings of work.

    http://content.usatoday.com/sportsda.../05/21#preview

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