Boesch's return to Tigers may come Tuesday
Outfielder dealing with sprained right thumb he re-injured vs. Tribe
BALTIMORE -- Outfielder Brennan Boesch is nearing a return from his thumb injury, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he might be able to come back on Tuesday.
Boesch came out of Wednesday's game in Cleveland after aggravating his sprained right thumb and did not play in the Tigers' weekend series in Baltimore until he pinch-hit in Sunday's 8-5 defeat.
Leyland said Boesch would hit off the tee before Sunday's finale, and if he does well in batting practice Monday, he could make it back for Tuesday's game with the Twins.
"He'll play if he's OK," Leyland said. "But I can't swear to that either. He's always ready to go, which I really admire about him. I love him. He's a tough kid."
Sore left wrist lands Guillen on disabled list
BALTIMORE -- Carlos Guillen is headed back to the disabled list again, plagued by problems from a sore left wrist.
Guillen was placed on the 15-day DL before Sunday's finale against the Orioles, retroactive to Saturday. The Tigers' second baseman apparently hurt his wrist on a swing a few days ago and said he should be fine after the 15 days expires.
"It's been bothering me for the last three or four days," Guillen said. "It probably needs some rest."
Guillen didn't play until July 16 because he was recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee. He's been struggling since, batting just .207 in 22 games, including a .105 mark in his last 10.
The Tigers recalled second baseman Will Rhymes from Triple-A Toledo to take Guillen's spot on the roster. He's batting .303 with Toledo this season and posted a .221 average in 19 games with the Tigers.
Valverde, Coke unavailable for series finale
BALTIMORE -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland said that relief pitchers Phil Coke and Jose Valverde were unavailable for Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Orioles.
Both pitchers threw in the first two games of the series. Coke struck out five without allowing a hit in 2 2/3 innings of setup work as the Tigers won on Friday and Saturday.
Valverde earned saves in both games. He's now converted 35 straight save chances to start the season, a team record.
Leyland wouldn't commit to who would close if the situation arose, but he seemed to lean toward Joaquin Benoit.
"[Coke and Valverde] need to be off," Leyland said. "Benoit will be available today. We'll see how it works out. If we have something to close, that would be a good thing."
Scherzer proves resiliency during gutty victory
BALTIMORE -- Max Scherzer didn't have the easiest time in winning his 12th game Saturday night, but he found his way.
Scherzer allowed two homers and five runs in the second inning as the Orioles jumped to a five-run lead. But he followed that with five shutout frames and the Tigers rallied for a 6-5 victory.
The right-hander didn't have much trouble until the seventh, when the Orioles put two on with one out. Scherzer (12-7) ended the inning by striking out J.J. Hardy in a tough eight-pitch at-bat.
"I was really impressed," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "That match-up with Hardy was almost like a playoff atmosphere. That was impressive that he hung in there like he did. He gave us a big shot in the arm. We needed to get through that."
Scherzer was charged with the five runs on seven hits. He struck out 10 without a walk, and Leyland said the extra day's rest Scherzer came in with might have helped him stay around for 120 pitches. But there's no question that Scherzer's settling down after the second proved crucial.
"After that, I was able to battle and have some quick innings," he said. "You just kind of go with it. I moved on from that because I was able to go out there and keep battling and give our team a chance to come back."
The Tigers set a club record Saturday with their eighth straight one-run victory. That broke a record set in 1944, when they did it seven times from July 18-29.
The Tigers have not swept the Orioles in Baltimore since May 27-29, 2005.
Manager Jim Leyland said Victor Martinez (sprained left knee) isn't ready yet to get behind the plate. He served as the designated hitter against O's left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes in Sunday's finale.
Alex Avila's 10-game hitting streak came to an end on Sunday. He hit .400 during that span (14-for-35).
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.