July 25, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - After a 5-3 victory for the American League in the 2014 All-Star game, the Mizzou Tigers in the pros look to continue their track towards October in the second half of the season. Detroit Tiger ace Max Scherzer earned the victory for the A.L in the Midsummer Classic, followed by a seven-inning, 11 strikeout victory, improving his overall record to 12-3. As Scherzer and teammate Ian Kinsler have proven themselves as the most dominant former Tigers in the pros, others are on the prowl to prove themselves as quality players in Major League Baseball. Here is a look at what all of your Tigers have been up to since the All-Star break.
Max Scherzer - Detroit Tigers - Seventh Season - Starting Pitcher
After earning his 12th win of the season, Max Scherzer is now tied for the most wins in the majors with an overall record of 12-3. His most recent victory came in a seven-inning effort against the Angels on July 24, giving up three earned runs on six hits and striking out 11 batters. Scherzer also earned himself his first All-Star game victory of his career, striking out two and giving up one hit in one inning pitched, giving the American League home-field advantage in the October classic.
Ian Kinsler - Detroit Tigers - Ninth Season - Second Base
The Tiger leadoff hitter has cooled down since a hot June and early July. Kinsler's batting average just recently dropped below .300 to .293. His impact this year on the first-place Detroit Tiger team has been tremendous to say the least. Kinsler leads the team with 121 hits and 66 runs. After a slow start to the second half of the season following his fourth All-Star game appearance, look for Kinsler to get back on track this weekend against the Angels in the Tiger's push for October.
Kyle Gibson - Minnesota Twins - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
Since last checking in with Kyle Gibson, he has developed a 1-1 record in his last two outings, keeping him at an even 8-8 on the year with a 4.19 ERA. In Gibson's most recent victory against the Mariners July 9, he went six innings giving up no earned runs on seven hits and three strikeouts. Lower back stiffness has caused Gibson to miss his last two starts, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the former Tiger should be back in the rotation early next week.
Aaron Crow - Kansas City Royals - Fourth Season - Relief Pitcher
Aaron Crow is off to a great start since the All-Star break. In his most recent outing on July 24, Crow earned himself a victory after coming in relief and striking out the side, improving his overall record to 5-1. In 42.1 innings pitched this season Crow has compiled a 2.55 ERA and is holding hitters to a .219 clip. He has now only given up five hits and two earned runs in his last nine appearances. http://m.mlb.com/video/v34788503/?c_id=mlb
Nick Tepesch - Texas Rangers - Second Season - Starting Pitcher
After 11 starts, Nick Tepesch made his first appearance from the Texas bullpen on July 22 giving up three hits and one earned run, eventually tagged with his sixth loss of the season. Tepesch is now 3-6 on the year with a 4.87 ERA. On July 11, Tepesch struck out two over six solid innings of work, allowing three runs on six hits against the Angels.
Matt Stites - Arizona Diamondbacks - First Season - Relief Pitcher
Rookie Matt Stites has now seen action in 14 games this season since getting the call to the bigs. In 13.2 innings pitched he has struck out 13 batters. Stites is still looking for his first career victory in the pros, but had a solid two inning hold against Detroit on July 21, giving up no hits, no runs and no walks.
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