The Rangers try to even their road series at Detroit and end one of the best starts by a pitcher in 37 years when left-hander Derek Holland faces Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer, who has started the season with a 13-0 record. First pitch is at 6:15 p.m. on FOX Channel 4 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540 AM.
Holland (7-4, 3.19 ERA): Holland has allowed four earned runs or fewer in 17 of his 18 starts. He is on one of his best streaks of the season, going 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his past three starts. He is 11th in the American League in ERA and seventh with 114 strikeouts. Holland is on regular rest after throwing a career-high 125 pitches in his last start Monday against Baltimore, an 8-5 Rangers win. He allowed three earned runs and 10 hits in 6⅔ innings. Holland has worked seven-plus innings and allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his 18 starts. He'll need that kind of effort going up against Scherzer. Holland has started against the Tigers once this season, allowing four runs in 4⅔ innings. He allowed two home runs, both to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. Holland is 0-0 with a 3.31 ERA in three regular-season starts against the Tigers.
Scherzer (13-0, 3.06 ERA): Scherzer takes his second crack at becoming the first pitcher in major league history to go into the All-Star break with a 14-0 record. He can become the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to start the season 14-0. Scherzer has devastating stuff with one of the best fastballs in the game and a slider and sinker to go with it. He is equally tough on right-handed and left-handed batters. Righties are batting .184 against him and lefties .209 versus him. Scherzer has a 4.01 ERA this season at Comerica Park. He is 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers.
Hitters: A.J. Pierzynski (10-for-31, 1 HR, 5 RBIs) has had success against Scherzer. Miguel Cabrera (3-for-8, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) and Torii Hunter (11-for-37, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) lead a tough lineup against Holland.