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Tigers Score Early to Beat Rangers; Cubs Fall, Caps Win

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

UNDATED (WHTC/WKZO) – Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta each drove in two runs, while the Tigers scored five times in the first inning, en route to a 7-2 victory over visiting Texas last night. Doug Fister picked up his first win since June 16th, allowing just two runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking a pair of Rangers over six innings of work. The Tigers (51-41) remain 2.5 games ahead of Cleveland for the AL Central lead after the Indians blanked visiting Kansas City last night, 3-0. Max Scherzer takes a second shot for his 14th win of the year of the year without a loss as he gets the start of the middle of the series tonight for the Bengals; Derek Holland takes the mound for the Rangers. Hear the game on WHTC in Holland and WKZO in Kalamazoo, with coverage beginning at 6:50 PM.

Carlos Beltran collected three hits, while Joe Kelly allowed three hits with four strikouts over five-plus innings in another spot start out of the bullpen, as visiting St. Louis beat the Cubs yesterday, 3-2. The series at Wrigley Field in Chicago continues this evening.

Rain wiped out the White Sox' game in Philadelphia last night, so the two teams will play a day/night doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park today.

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Jeff Holm's two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning plated the winning run, as the Whitecaps edged visiting Clinton last night, 3-2. West Michigan opens up a three-game series versus Kane County at Fifth Third Ballpark this evening. Off the field, the Cougars' parent club, the Chicago Cubs, announced yesterday that disabled pitcher Scott Baker would start for Kane County in Sunday's contest versus the Caps. The one-time Minnesota righthander is coming back from Tommy John surgery, and will be restricted to four innings or 65 pitches, whichever comes first.

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