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Thursday, August 8th (All times Eastern)

Detroit Tigers (67-45) at Cleveland Indians (62-52), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Max Scherzer (16-1, 2.85) Cleveland - Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.47)

(Sports Network) - Major league wins leader Max Scherzer can add to that total and help the Detroit Tigers move farther ahead of their nearest pursuers on Thursday night, when they visit Progressive Field for the finale of a four- game series with the Cleveland Indians.

Detroit entered the series with a three-game lead on the Indians in the American League's Central Division, then stretched the edge to five games with wins on Monday and Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Prince Fielder stroked a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the 14th inning to lift the Tigers to their 11th straight victory with a 6-5 triumph over the Indians that extended the margin to six games.

Austin Jackson started the frame with a double off Bryan Shaw (2-3) before moving to third on Torii Hunter's fly out to right. After an intentional walk to Hernan Perez, Marc Rzepczynski entered from the bullpen and got Fielder in an 0-2 hole before the lefty slugger scorched a double into the gap in left- center field to bring home both runners.

Jeremy Bonderman (2-3) spun three scoreless innings of one- hit ball in relief to notch the victory, his first as a Tiger since Sept. 8, 2010. Joaquin Benoit secured his 14th save of the season, despite giving up a run in the bottom of the 14th.

Miguel Cabrera clubbed a two-run homer and Jackson added a solo shot for the Tigers, who are riding their longest winning streak since a 12-game spurt from Sept. 2-14, 2011.

Nick Swisher collected three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, while Yan Gomes smacked a solo homer and finished with two RBI for Cleveland, which had won 10 of 11 before dropping the first three of this series.

Scherzer, who won a career-best 16 times in 32 starts in 2012, ran his 2013 total to 16 on Aug. 3 when he twirled 7 2/3 innings of scoreless three-hit ball in a 3-0 defeat of the Chicago White Sox.

It was the second straight scoreless outing for the 29-year-old Missouri native, who tossed six innings of one-hit ball against Philadelphia in a 10-0 interleague win on July 29 - his 29th birthday.

Scherzer last faced the Indians on July 8 and got a no-decision after firing seven innings of two-run ball in a game the Tigers ultimately won, 4-2.

He is 7-4 in 14 career meetings with Cleveland and is unbeaten on the road - 6-0 - in 10 road starts thus far this season.

Saddled with the task of facing Scherzer and the Tigers is righty Zack McAllister, who's not won in five starts since May 23.

The Chillicothe, Ill. native was 4-3 on the season after a 12-3 defeat of the Boston Red Sox, but went on to lose three straight starts and has since picked up a pair of no-decisions.

He gave up three hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings of his most recent appearance on Aug. 3 in Miami - a game the Indians ultimately won, 4-3.

McAllister last faced Detroit on May 12 and got a no-decision there as well, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings of a 4-3 Cleveland win.

He's picked up no-decisions in each of four career meetings with the Tigers while toting a 2.28 ERA through 23 2/3 innings.

Detroit won nine of the initial 12 games between the teams in 2013, including three of four in a series at Cleveland between July 5 and July 8.

08/08 10:22:02 ET

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ORL 100
MIL 115
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IND 103
NYK 82
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MEM 99
DEN 69
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LAL 80
CHI 76
 
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DEP 72
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MSU 71
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ARMY 71
BU 67
 
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BRY 68
 
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MERC 75
CHAT 72
 
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LIU 67
CCST 55
 
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TOWS 74
COC 70
 
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UMASS 66
DAY 64
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FUR 59
ETST 55
 
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ODU 71
FIU 56
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RMU 87
FD 65
 
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FATL 61
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LIB 53
HIGH 72
 
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UNF 86
KNST 67
 
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FLGC 78
LIP 62
 
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OSU 80
MD 56
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Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
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STET 85
NKENTUCKY 75
 
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WAGN 75
SHU 64
 
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GMAS 68
STLU 60
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JVU 65
USCU 78
 
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VMI 70
WCU 85
 
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LATU 69
WKENT 56
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UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
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DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
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GSOUT 83
APP 46
 
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TENNM 81
EILL 51
 
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GHND 64
HC 54
 
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CIN 70
UCONN 58
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NDST 61
DEN 54
 
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SD 55
MAST 66
 
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UWMIL 71
ILLCH 65
 
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BEL 103
JVST 82
 
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SMISS 54
MARS 69
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TXSA 69
MTST 58
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PETE 49
RIDE 58
 
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SEMIZ 61
SIUE 75
 
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TENST 64
TENT 56
 
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NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
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SALA 89
LALAF 85
 
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ARKST 65
ARKLR 75
 
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TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
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TXARL 74
UGST 88
 
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MURST 85
EKENT 78
 
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NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
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MIZZ 53
KENT 69
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GONZ 64
PORT 46
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UTEP 71
UAB 69
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GRCN 78
UMKC 57
 
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WLVRN 78
CHIST 62
 
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USC 83
COL 83
 
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UCI 67
CPSL 57
 
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CSNO 73
HAW 84
 
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PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
2nd
SDU 67
SCU 62
 
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UCD 70
UCSB 64
 
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UCLA 69
UTAH 59
 
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PORST 54
MONT 73
 
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SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
2nd
CSFU 66
LBSU 57
 
2nd
GAELS 60
LMU 51
 
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WASU 37
CAL 39
 
2nd
BYU 36
USF 31
 
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NYI 2
BOS 5
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NYR 0
MON 1
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PHI 5
WIN 2
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TOR 1
ARI 3
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FLA 3
CLB 2
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TAM 5
DET 1
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STL 5
NAS 4
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CAL 0
MIN 1
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EDM 3
BUF 2
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SJS 6
ANA 2
 
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