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Detroit’s Scherzer improves to 13-0

The Associated Press

TORONTO — Max Scherzer worked into the seventh inning to become the first pitcher in 27 years to get off to a 13-0 start, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Alex Avila hit a three-run homer and Victor Martinez belted a solo shot as Detroit beat Toronto for the eighth time in 10 meetings.

Scherzer allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight and walked one in 61 / 3 innings. He is the first pitcher to begin the season with 13 wins and no losses since Roger Clemens was 14-0 for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.

Rangers land Ramirez

ARLINGTON, Texas — Manny Ramirez is apparently cutting his long dreadlocks for another shot at the major leagues.

The Texas Rangers said they had agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with the 41-year-old slugger, who hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2011 with Tampa Bay.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said part of the deal was Ramirez, twice suspended for testing positive for banned drugs, agreeing to cut his hair and “comply with our minor-league rules on appearance and discipline.”


• Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez grounded out twice and turned a double play in the second game of his minor-league rehab stint with Class A Charleston.

• The Cleveland Indians activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the paternity list.

• The Diamondbacks put infielder Willie Bloomquist (hand) on the 15-day disabled list.

• The White Sox put slugger Paul Konerko (back) and reliever Jesse Crain (shoulder) on the 15-day DL.

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