Max Scherzer pitched six innings of one-run ball and struck out 10 in Detroit's 5-1 win over Baltimore on Monday.
Scherzer, still unbeaten on the year, is the AL's first 10-game winner. He's very fortunate to have such a record -- Anibal Sanchez has a better ERA (2.76 to 3.08) and is just 6-5 -- but it also goes to show how talented he is; that he can be 10-0 and he's not even pitching over his head. His 10-strikeout game tonight was his fifth of the year.
Drew Smyly pitched three perfect innings for his second career save Monday in a 5-1 game against the Orioles.
Under other circumstances, we'd question Jim Leyland leaving his best or second best reliever in to throw three innings in a four-run game. Smyly, though, needed just 33 pitches to get his nine outs, so he may need only one day off before he's ready to work again.
Omar Infante went 4-for-4 and swiped his third base Monday against the Orioles.
With limited home run power and stolen base speed, Infante brings more to the table for the Tigers than he does for fantasy teams. He does have his average up to .308 at the moment, but he's more likely to come in closer to the .280-.290 range the rest of the way.
Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Monday that an MRI on Anibal Sanchez's right shoulder showed no structural damage.
Encouraging news for the Tigers, though Sanchez was placed on the disabled list Monday. The hope is that he'll be ready to return right around when he's eligible at the end of the month.
The Tigers will call up left-hander Jose Alvarez to start Thursday against the Red Sox.
Alvarez will fill in for Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) in the starting rotation. The 24-year-old left-hander struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball against the Indians on June 9 and should carry some value in AL-only leagues for now.
Tigers recalled OF Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo.
Garcia takes Anibal Sanchez's place on the active roster and will provide a bat off the bench until the Tigers call up Jose Alvarez to start Thursday's game. The 22-year-old is batting .288/.324/.455 with two homers and 10 RBI in 24 games at the major league level this season.