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DET@BOS: Scherzer strikes out nine over 6 1/3 innings

With a rotation shuffling its way through the current road trip, the Indians are hoping recent callup Chris Seddon can right the ship as they close out their nine-game swing away from Progressive Field with a Sunday afternoon showdown with the Tigers.

Hey, after all, Seddon hasn't lost a Major League ballgame since 2007. Seddon, though, has just one win in that span, which came during a short stint with the Mariners in 2010 when he appeared out of the bullpen 14 times. The Indians are hoping the 28-year-old can carry over his impressive Triple-A numbers, though, where this season he is 11-5 with a 3.44 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 123 innings.

"He's pitched very well at Triple-A," Indians manager Manny Acta said of Seddon. "Our staff felt that he could come up here and compete and give us a chance to win. He has pitched very well the whole year. He has four pitches that he throws over the plate. He's been good."

The big league club could use any sort of help, as the rotation is struggling. Through eight games on the road trip, starters are 0-7 with a 12.08 ERA.

Meanwhile, the Tigers counter with a pitcher that has been steady as of late. Max Scherzer finished July with a 3-1 record and 3.62 ERA for the month. He struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings his last start, but did give up five runs to the Red Sox.

"He's been pretty consistent obviously for a while now," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "His first start after the break was not too good. Scherzer's one of those guys blessed with explosive stuff when he has it. Pretty explosive. That's probably indicated by the strikeouts. He's a perfectionist. Sometimes, most of the time, that works for him, sometimes it works against him."

Indians: Carrera swinging the bat well since callup
Ezequiel Carrera, who was recalled from Triple-A after the Indians designated veteran Johnny Damon for assignment on Friday, is 4-for-7 with two runs. His sixth-inning single on Saturday broke up Detroit pitcher Doug Fister's perfect game.

Tigers: Coke available out of bullpen
Reliever Phil Coke was available out of the bullpen on Saturday but did not pitch. This comes a day after he was unavailable, as the left-hander attempts to work through some issues on the mound. Coke has given up a combined three runs in his last two outings and admits he is feeling uncomfortable on the mound.

"It has a lot to do with your psyche," he said. "When you're comfortable and you feel at home, you're breathing easy, you're focused on what you're doing. It's all part of being in the big leagues because if you're not focused one moment, bad things happen. Bad things happen in a hurry."

Worth noting
Seddon was holding lefties to just .194 at the plate with Columbus before his callup, and with Leyland liking to stack his lineup according to which side a pitcher throws from, expect the Tigers manager to load the order with right-handed hitters. Comments