Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer got word just a few days ago that his younger brother Alex had committed suicide. But he decided to carry on and make his scheduled start Saturday vs. the Pirates.
And he put together a truly inspiring performance.
The Tigers didn’t win and Scherzer was handed his fifth loss of the 2012 campaign, but he struck out seven batters and issued just one walk over six strong innings. He only really made one mistake, which Andrew McCutchen deposited it over the left field wall for a three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Scherzer understandably declined to talk to the media after the game, but his teammates stepped in.
“It’s a situation where I don’t think anyone can understand it unless you’ve gone through it,” said catcher Alex Avila. “It’s hard to put into words what he’s feeling. He’s a tough guy, and we’re all here for him.”
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Tigers 1, Pirates 4
Blue Jays 7, Marlins 1
Cardinals 8, Royals 2
Rockies 11, Rangers 7
Indians 1, Astros 8
Rays 6, Phillies 7
Twins 0, Reds 6
Nationals 3, Orioles 1
Braves 4, Red Sox 8
Dodgers 3, Angels 1
Brewers 6, White Sox 8
Giants 9, Athletics 8
Yankees 4, Mets 3
Mariners 5, Padres 1
Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 10
The Rockies activated first baseman Ian Desmond from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, the club announced. Cristhian Adames was designated for assignment to create roster space. Desmond is in Sunday’s lineup against the Diamondbacks, batting sixth.
Desmond, 31, signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies in December. In March, he was unfortunately hit by a pitch and suffered a broken left hand. He underwent surgery to repair the damage.
Desmond had been playing in extended spring training as a precursor to rehab games, but he looked so good that the Rockies decided to activate him from the disabled list a little early.
This wasn’t how Aaron Sanchez was supposed to make his triumphant return from the disabled list. The Blue Jays’ right-hander was activated for his first start on Sunday after undergoing a minor surgical procedure to have part of his fingernail removed. According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the surgery should have accelerated the healing process for a troublesome blister, and the team appeared confident in the right-hander’s ability to take the mound for the tail end of their homestand. Instead, Sanchez lasted just 13 pitches before exiting the game with a split nail on his right middle finger.
The team has yet to address Sanchez’s revised timetable for return, but Chisholm points out that they should be able to roll with their current rotation through May 9. If he sits out longer, the Jays could turn to left-hander J.A. Happ, who should be eligible to start sometime next month after he makes a full recovery from a bout of left elbow inflammation.
Sanchez, 24, entered Sunday with a 4.38 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.6 SO/9 through 12 1/3 innings with Toronto. He was replaced by right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera in the top of the second inning.