NEW YORK — During a season of nearly unprecedented pitching success, Max Scherzer relished a rare opportunity to talk about his bat.
“Definitely my own,” he said. “P-100, says Max Scherzer on it.”
Scherzer outpitched Matt Harvey in their All-Star rematch, striking out 11 and hitting a stunning RBI double that sent the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday.
Scherzer (19-1) joined Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only major-league pitchers to win 19 of their first 20 decisions in a season.
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But it was his big hit off a hard-throwing ace that had teammates talking — and Scherzer crowing.
“I’ve got a replay and I’m sending a text to everybody right now. It was definitely 96 (mph) down and away, and I laced it for a double,” Scherzer said. “I’m never going to shut up. I’m just going to keep talking trash the whole time.”
Andy Dirks had three hits off Harvey, who gave up a career-high 13 against Detroit’s powerful lineup.
• All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is not going to be activated from the seven-day concussion list when the Minnesota Twins begin a homestand next week.
• Pittsburgh placed leadoff hitter Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand.
• New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be back with the team Monday in Toronto after being sidelined earlier this month by a strained right calf.
• The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-handed reliever J.J. Putz, the former Mariner, on the 15-day DL with a dislocated right pinkie finger and recalled right-hander Chaz Roe from Class AAA Reno.