Tigers' Scherzer emerges among AL's best

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By NOAH TRISTER, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer finally lost Saturday night in his final start before the All-Star break, but that rough outing did little to detract from what the Detroit right-hander has accomplished over the last year.

On a staff that includes former MVP Justin Verlander, Scherzer has earned the most attention lately. At 28, he's in the prime of his career, and whether he starts Tuesday's All-Star game or not, he's a big reason why the Tigers are again leading the AL Central.

Since the All-Star break in 2012, Scherzer is 21-3 with a 2.99 ERA in 34 starts. His 13-1 mark this year helped him emerge as perhaps the favorite to start the All-Star game at Citi Field in New York.

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