(caption) Detroit Tigers’ starting pitcher Max Scherzer smiles in the dugout after getting the Mariners out 1-2-3 in the eighth inning. Scherzer earned his fifth victory of the season going eight complete innings, giving up just one run on three hits while striking out seven and walking two Mariners batters. *** The Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 at Comerica Park in Detroit. Photos taken on Friday, July 2, 2010. ( John T. Greilick / The Detroit News )
Seager, 23, played in the NLDS but was left off the NLCS roster due to a lower back injury suffered in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks. He had three hits, including a triple, in 15 plate appearances in that series. During the regular season, Seager hit .295/.375/.479 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and 85 runs scored across 613 PA.
Charlie Culberson and Chris Taylor handled shortstop while Seager was absent. Both players were among the Dodgers’ best performers in the NLCS. With Seager back in the fold, Taylor will play mostly center field and Culberson will return to his bench role.