Max Scherzer Wins 21st as Tigers Clinch AL Central

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Max Scherzer racked up 10 more strike outs to earn his 21st victory of the season and the Detroit Tigers clinched the AL Central for the third year in a row. Scherzer did  hand out six walks, but held the Twins scoreless over seven innings. He is the odds-on favorite to win the American League Cy Young award and finishes the season with a 21-3 record, 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 214 2/3 innings. As early as the opening inning, Scherzer was pumped up in this one and  he finished the regular season on a high note. He'll be a fantasy ace again in 2014. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Andre Ethier (ankle) hasn't recovered as hoped from his sprained ankle, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted that he's worried that Ethier might not be available for the first round of the playoffs. Ethier has been sent back to Los Angeles to have his left ankle examined and we should learn more in the next few days.
  • Jonathan Schoop made his major league debut in the 158th game of the season on Wednesday night in Baltimore. went 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs scored in the Orioles 9-5 win over the Blue Jays. Schoop is the Orioles top infield prospect and should be picked up in keeper and dynasty formats as he'll be a name to keep in an eye on next year.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) returned to the Red Sox lineup on Wednesday and went 1-for-2 with two runs scored before leaving in the fifth inning. Ellsbury will continue to ease his way back into the lineup in the final few games.
  • Todd Helton had quite the sendoff in his final career game at Coors Field, going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Red Sox.
  • Mike Zunino went 2-for-4 with two solo homers in Wednesday's 6-0 victory over the Royals. Zunino has not had the offensive year that the Mariners had hoped for with his .215 batting average with five homers and 14 RBI in 49 games. However, there is a high upside with Zunino and fantasy owners should have his name on your draft list next year.
  • Billy Hamilton made his third straight start on Wednesday afternoon and was caught stealing for the first time since be recalled from Triple-A.  Hamilton was a perfect 13-for-13 stealing bases before being caught in this one.
  • Starling Marte went 2-for-4 with three stolen bases on Wednesday in the Pirates loss to the Cubs in Chicago. The three steals give him 40 for the season, which puts him third behind Jean Segura (44) and Eric Young Jr. (42) for the NL lead.
  • B.J. Upton got a rare start on Wednesday night and promptly went 0-for-3. Nothing new for Upton to not contribute offensively for the Braves. Upton has not had a single hit since September 12th and for those fantasy owners that thought his season could not get any worse in the final month, Upton pulled it off.