Pirates Vs. Tigers: Max Scherzer Strikes Out 15 Batters As Pittsburgh Drops Series Finale, 4-3

Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, opening a door for a late Tigers rally

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Pirates Vs. Tigers Recap: Max Scherzer Dominates Pittsburgh As Detroit Takes Series Finale, 4-3

The Pittsburgh Pirates' nightmare weekend in Detroit continued on Sunday, as Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer struck out a career-high 15 batters in just seven innings in Detroit's 4-3 victory.

While the Pirates hardly made contact on Scherzer, they did make the best of the few mistakes he made, as Rod Barajas and Neil Walker hit home runs in the fifth and sixth innings respectively.

Scherzer ended the day allowing just four hits to go with the two runs and 15 strike outs.

Kevin Correia was a big reason why the Pirates held the lead for a majority of the afternoon, as he allowed just one run on a Jhonny Peralta home run through his first six innings. The wheels would come off in the seventh, as the Tigers rallied for three runs off of Correia and reliever Tony Watson.

The Pirates did get an opportunity to come back late as Barajas hit a sac fly to bring home Josh Harrison to cut the score to 4-3, however it was not enough.

The Pirates return to action on Monday back home in Pittsburgh as they welcome the New York Mets to PNC Park.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers Lineups: Kevin Correia Making Scheduled Start

Here are the lineups for Sunday afternoon’s Pirates vs. Tigers matchup.

Jose Tabata RF
Neil Walker 2B
Andrew McCutchen CF
Pedro Alvarez DH
Garrett Jones 1B
Josh Harrison 3B
Rod Barajas C
Nate McLouth LF
Clint Barmes SS

Kevin Correia P

Don Kelly CF
Andy Dirks LF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Alex Avila C
Ryan Raburn 2B

Max Scherzer P

Kevin Correia does, in fact, get the start. With Indianapolis pitcher Jeff Locke being unexpectedly promoted, there was some initial speculation that Locke would take Correia’s place in the rotation, but it turned out that reliever Jason Grilli had been placed on the bereavement list.

Pedro Alvarez gets a break from playing in the field; he’ll be the Pirates’ designated hitter. Josh Harrison starts at third.

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Pirates Promote Jeff Locke, Place Jason Grilli On Bereavement List

The Pirates have placed setup man Jason Grilli on the bereavement list, and they have recalled lefty pitcher Jeff Locke to take his place. Grilli’s grandfather-in-law passed away.

Locke had been scheduled to pitch Sunday in Indianapolis, so the idea here, presumably, is that he’ll be ready to pitch out of the bullpen the next few days. (Kevin Correia is Sunday’s scheduled starter, and I’d initially thought/hoped that Locke would be taking his place in the rotation, but I don’t think the Pirates would make be likely to make a move with long-term implications as a result of a reliever going to the bereavement list.)

Locke had been pitching fairly well in the Indianapolis rotation, with 36 strikeouts and 10 walks and a 3.02 ERA in his first 47.2 innings. He pitched for the Pirates late last summer and struggled mightily with his command.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers: Pittsburgh Aims For Fourth Straight Interleague Series Win

After almost being no-hit by Detroit's Justin Verlander on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates recovered to take game two of their series with the Tigers, 4-3, on Saturday evening. With a win Sunday, the Pirates would capture their fourth straight interleague series.

Kevin Correia (1-4, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Pittsburgh, looking to avoid a loss in five straight starts. Correia last won on April 15, and has compiled a 0-4 record with a 5.79 ERA since that time. In his last start he gave up a season-high six runs in a 6-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Flamethrower Max Scherzer (2-3, 6.26) hits the hill for Detroit. Scherzer was 0-3 with a 9.88 ERA against National League foes during 2011 interleague play.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, please check out Bucs Dugout. For some perspective from the other dugout, please head over to Bless You Boys, SB Nation's Detroit Tigers blog. For more on this and every game, please check out the SB Nation MLB baseball hub page.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers Final Score: Pittsburgh Defeats Detroit, 4-3

After being blanked 6-0 on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 4-3.

The Pirates A.J. Burnett gets the win and brings his record to 2-2 on the season. He pitched six complete innings while giving up seven hits, two earned runs and struck out two Detroit batters while walking three. Andrew McCutchen led Pittsburgh's offense with a two-run homer in the first and fifth innings which accounted for all of the Pirates runs.

The series between these two teams wraps up on Sunday afternoon.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, please check out Bucs Dugout. For some perspective from the other dugout, please head over to Bless You Boys, SB Nation's Detroit Tigers blog. For more on this and every game, please check out the SB Nation MLB baseball hub page.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers: Saturday's Lineups For Pittsburgh And Detroit

The Pirates will be looking to take game two from the Detroit Tigers after losing 6-0 on Friday night when Justin Verlander came within two outs of a no hitter. Here are the lineups for today's game.

Here is the Pittsburgh Pirates' lineup:

1. Jose Tabata (R) RF
2. Josh Harrison (R) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
5. Neil Walker (S) DH
6. Rod Barajas (R) C
7. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
8. Yamaico Navarro (R) LF
9. Clint Barmes (R) SS

A.J. Burnett (2-2, 7.17 ERA in four starts at Comerica Park) toes the rubber for the Pirates.

The Tigers are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since April 18.

Here is the starting lineup for Detroit:

1. Don Kelly (L) CF
2. Andy Dirks (L) LF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Alex Avila (L) C
7. Brennan Boesch (L) RF
8. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
9. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B

Drew Smyly (5 IP, 4 ER on two two-run HR in his last start) will look to get back on track, as he takes the mound for the Tigers.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, please check out Bucs Dugout. For some perspective from the other dugout, please head over to Bless You Boys, SB Nation's Detroit Tigers blog. For more on this and every game, please check out the SB Nation MLB baseball hub page.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers: A.J. Burnett Takes The Mound In Detroit On Saturday

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to rebound from almost being no hit on Friday night when they again take on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

Justin Verlander held the Pirates hitless for eight innings on Friday in a 6-0 Tigers victory. Josh Harrison's soft liner to center field in the ninth inning was the only hit the Pittsburgh offense could muster against a dominant Verlander.

A.J. Burnett (1-2, 5.12) will take the mound for the Pirates on Saturday. Burnett has allowed just two runs and six hits over eight innings in each of his last two starts. Last season, as a member of the New York Yankees, Burnett went 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA against the Tigers.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, please check out Bucs Dugout. For some perspective from the other dugout, please head over to Bless You Boys, SB Nation's Detroit Tigers blog. For more on this and every game, please check out the SB Nation MLB baseball hub page.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers Recap: Justin Verlander No-Hitter Broken Up By Josh Harrison In 9th

The Pittsburgh Pirates offense was once again silent on Friday night as they opened interleague play against the Tigers. This time, however, they nearly made history by being the victims of Justin Verlander's third career no-hitter. But with just two outs left to go, Josh Harrison strolled to the batter's box and broke it up. Harrison promptly fell behind 0-2, and after a lazy foul fly ball into the stands along the right field line, he caught a Verlander curveball and went right back up the middle with it to end the no-hit bid. The ball landed just beyond second-base and the slow-footed Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta could not get to it. Verlander quickly retired Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen to finish the 6-0 Tigers' win.

The Bucs' batters were completely overmatched throughout the night, as Verlander easily worked went through the lineup with just 95 pitches in the first eight innings. As he's been known to do, Verlander seemed to get stronger as the evening wore on. He struck out the side in the 8th, with the Bucs providing little resistance at the plate. He finished the game with just 109 pitches and 12 strikeouts. But his bid to become just the fourth pitcher with three no-hitters would fall short, thanks to Harrison.

On offense, the Tigers' lineup poured it on early against Charlie Morton. Both Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder ripped doubles in the first inning to put Detroit up two. That's all the Tigers would need, but Delmon Young added two more RBIs and Verlander enjoyed a six-run cushion.

The Bucs will have a little bit of an easier task in second game on Saturday, with Drew Smyly going for Jim Leyland. The rookie has been sharp in seven games this season, but he's certainly no Verlander. A.J. Burnett will take the mound for the Bucs.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, please check out Bucs Dugout. For some perspective from the other dugout, please head over to Bless You Boys, SB Nation's Detroit Tigers blog. For more on this and every game, please check out the SB Nation MLB baseball hub page.

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Justin Verander Has No-Hitter Against Pirates Through 7 Innings

The Pirates left Washington last night feeling good, taking the season series against the Nationals with a power burst that included three early home runs off Jordan Zimmermann. The offense has come back down to earth on Friday night, however, as the Bucs opened interleague play against the best pitcher in the game -- Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.

Verlander already has two no-hitters to his credit, and he's making a bid for his third against the Pirates. He's is just six outs away, mowing down the Bucs lineup so far. Clint Hurdle's crew has drawn two walks, but they've put nothing else together against Verlander, who also has 9 strikeouts through seven innings.

We'll have plenty more on this series throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Pittsburgh, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all the latest news and updates as they become available. For more on this series and all things Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, please check out Bucs Dugout. For some perspective from the other dugout, please head over to Bless You Boys, SB Nation's Detroit Tigers blog. For more on this and every game, please check out the SB Nation MLB baseball hub page.

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Pirates Vs. Tigers: Pittsburgh Kicks Off Interleague Play Against Detroit

The Pittsburgh Pirates are coming off a season series win against the Washington Nationals, the Pirates kick off interleague play against the Tigers.

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