Orioles 14, Tigers 9
Max Scherzer managed to find one positive aspect about his final
spring training performance: It won’t mean a thing by the end of
Luke Scott homered twice off Scherzer and drove in seven runs to
carry the Baltimore Orioles over the Detroit Tigers 14-9 on
Scherzer yielded 12 runs, 11 earned, in 2 1-3 innings. Among the
nine hits he allowed was Jake Fox’s major league-leading 10th home
”I wanted to be dialed in today and I wasn’t,” Scherzer said.
”I look forward to making the adjustments I need to make going
into my first start.”
Scherzer is scheduled to pitch Sunday in New York and has been
chosen by manager Jim Leyland to start the home opener against
Kansas City on April 8.
The right-hander hopes that in a matter of days he will have
corrected the flaws that were quite apparent against the
”I was really flying open today. Everything was finishing off
to the first-base side,” Scherzer said. ”I just couldn’t make the
necessary adjustment during the game to fix that.”
He finished off the afternoon by throwing another 20 pitches in
the bullpen, and hopes his next side session will provide more
”I think I’ve got a couple things I’m doing wrong,” Scherzer
said. ”I’ve been in this situation before, and I know it will only
take one bullpen to fix it.”
He needs to correct things in a hurry. After going 12-11 with a
3.50 ERA with 184 strikeouts for Detroit last year, Scherzer went
1-3 with a 10.38 ERA this spring.
”It is what is. Spring training is over. Now it’s the season,”
he said. ”I wish I could have had a better spring training. I
didn’t. But at the end of the day, you pitch the season. That’s the
only thing that matters now, how I pitch in the season.”
Scherzer’s misery against the Orioles began almost instantly.
After two hits and a hit batter loaded the bases, he struck out
Vladimir Guerrero. But Scott followed by hitting an opposite-field,
3-2 pitch over the left-field wall.
”I didn’t want to walk in a run,” Scherzer said. ”I thought I
made a decent pitch there. He put a good swing on it, found barrel
on it and was able to get enough of it to get it out.”
Fox led off the second with a homer and Guerrero singled in a
run before Scott homered with two on. Scott came in with a .185
batting average, two homers and six RBIs.
Brian Roberts had three hits and scored three runs for the
Orioles, who built a 13-0 lead in the third inning. Zach Britton
allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings.
”He threw the ball well with the lead we had,” manager Buck
Showalter said. ”He had a good spring. You can tell why people
think a lot of his potential and future, including me now. He has a
chance to be a good one.”
Brennan Boesch homered for Detroit, which scored six runs in the
ninth off two minor league relievers.
NOTES: Orioles LHP Brian Matusz was struck by a line drive in a
simulated game, but Showalter said x-rays were not required and
that Matusz should be able to start the second game of the season,
as scheduled, in Tampa Bay. … The Tigers came in with an
AL-leading 2.76 ERA and were a major league-best 12-3 on the road.
… The Orioles cut eight players, including veteran LHP Mark
Hendrickson and OF Randy Winn, to reduce the roster to 30.