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Tigers broom White Sox with second consecutive shutout

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Final - 4.24.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago White Sox 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 X 3 9 1
WP: Max Scherzer (4 - 0)
SV: Jose Valverde (5)
LP: John Danks (0 - 3)

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BOX

KEY STAT(S)

8 IP, 0 R: Max Scherzer's key numbers today. He also struck out seven

9: The Tigers' current nine-game winning streak against the White Sox dating back to last season is the longest it was been since 1923.

KEY PLAY(S)

Brandon Inge and Austin Jackson hit back-to-back doubles with two outs in the sixth inning to extend Detroit's lead to 3-0.

KEY THOUGHTS

Hey, this baseball thing is pretty fun after all, isn't it? Beating division opponents is always important. Beating the White Sox by giving up just three runs all weekend -- and shutout out Chicago twice -- is all the better.

Pitching was obviously key all weekend -- though from Chicago's point of view, a continued hitting slump that began way before this weekend could be blamed. Tigers pitchers did not allow hits before the fourth inning in any game. Scherzer and Verlander did what they were expected to do, and Brad Penny showed a bit of what the Tigers hoped to find in signing him during the offseason.

Scherzer became the first Tigers pitcher since Jeremy Bonderman in 2007 to win his first four starts decisions, if you enjoy such stats.

Tigers bats came alive as well. Detroit finally got to Mark Buehrle on Friday, which is something we haven't seen too often. Saturday, Edwin Jackson was left out to dry. Sum total: 18 runs for Detroit in the first two games of the series before John Danks limited them to three in series finale.

Of course, the team did go just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and tallied just a single run after loading the bases with no outs in the fourth.

Austin Jackson had five hits in the series, improving his batting average from .162 to .193 in the process.

So all in all, things are going pretty well. A bad day for an off day, before Seattle comes to town for a series beginning on Tuesday.