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Thursday, August 14 (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Pirates (64-56) at Detroit Tigers (64-54), 1:08 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Pittsburgh - Francisco Liriano (3-8, 3.82) Detroit - Max Scherzer (13-4, 3.13)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Tigers could use a Cy Young performance from the reigning award winner.

With a supposedly formidable pitching staff suddenly in tatters, Max Scherzer takes the mound on Thursday afternoon when the Tigers host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the finale of a four-game, home-and-home series at Comerica Park.

The teams began the series with two games in Pittsburgh, both won by the Pirates, before shifting scenes to Detroit on Wednesday, where the Tigers were 8-4 winners.

The Tigers seemed impenetrable upon acquiring David Price from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline and establishing a rotation with three former Cy Young winners, but past ace Justin Verlander was pulled from Monday's game with right shoulder inflammation. Another non-Cy starter, Anibal Sanchez, is already on the disabled list with a pectoral muscle problem.

Verlander is likely to miss at least one start.

So the emphasis shifts to Scherzer, who's lost just once in his last nine starts and enters the game after tossing eight innings of one-run ball with 11 strikeouts on Saturday in Toronto. The bullpen couldn't hold a lead, though, and Detroit lost, 3-2, in 10 innings.

A win Thursday would make Scherzer the American League's win leader with 14. He's not met the Pirates since 2012, when he won, 4-3, after striking out 15 batters in seven innings.

He faces Pittsburgh veteran Francisco Liriano, who's posted an ugly 10.38 earned run average in two interleague starts this season. It's a stark contrast to last season, when he was 3-1 with a tidy 2.19 ERA against AL foes. That said, the only interleague loss last season was to the Tigers, who scored four times in five innings in a 6-5 win.

In five starts since the All-Star break, he's 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA.

In Liriano's last two starts, however, the Pirates have scored just two runs for him. He was a 2-1 loser against San Diego on Saturday in spite of allowing just three hits and two runs in seven innings.

Three of the past four Pittsburgh starts have failed to last six innings.

On Wednesday, Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Tigers, who are a half-game behind Kansas City for the AL Central lead. Nick Castellanos tripled and homered to go along with his two RBI and Alex Avila also hit a home run for Detroit, which snapped a four-game skid that included losses in Pittsburgh on Monday and Tuesday.

Buck Farmer made his major-league debut for the Tigers and allowed four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. Blaine Hardy (2-1) picked up the win after tossing two scoreless innings in relief.

Pirates starter Vance Worley (5-2) took the loss after giving up five runs -- three earned -- on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Travis Snider hit a two-run homer while Jordy Mercer and Russell Martin each had an RBI for Pittsburgh.

The Pirates sit 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.

08/14 10:28:16 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
Final
MIN 96
IND 100
Final
OKC 99
NOP 101
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UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
2nd
UTEP 48
ALCOR 17
 
1st
SEAT 21
SACST 10
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
Final
NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
2nd
WIN 3
PHI 1
 
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
3rd
ARI 3
SEA 14