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Scherzer spins near shutout: Tigers 7, Mariners 1

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Final - 7.2.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle Mariners 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Detroit Tigers 0 4 0 0 1 0 2 0 X 7 10 0
WP: Max Scherzer (5 - 6)
LP: Doug Fister (3 - 4)

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It's July 4 weekend, so forgive me for an abbreviated recap tonight.

Max Scherzer was on his game. Only a fastball deposited in the stands by Franklin Gutierrez stood between Scherzer and a shutout appearance. He went eight inning on 109 pitches for the longest appearance of his young career. He also struck out seven and allowed three hits.

Even without Miguel Cabrera in the lineup -- a late scratch with soreness in his back -- the Tigers managed to put together their fair share of runs. A key double by Don Kelly in the second inning put two on the board, then Austin Jackson added another pair. Johnny Damon homered.

Brennan Boesch was key all over the place with three hits and a terrific catch and throw in the ninth inning to help turn a double play behind Phil Coke.