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Max Scherzer pitches first career complete game, outduels Chris Sale

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Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball. When you can turn down a 6-year, $144 million extension (and it's considered a good decision), you know you're doing something right. But for all the achievements by the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner (you may even refer to him as "ace" of the Detroit Tigers' staff these days thanks to Justin Verlander's recent struggles), Scherzer had never thrown a complete game in his big league career. Until Thursday night.

Scherzer struck out eight Chicago White Sox and scattered three hits while throwing 113 pitches in the 4-0 shutout (his first one of those too!). Then there was this: Scherzer was making his 179th career start, the most without a complete game in modern baseball history (since 1900). "I finally got the monkey off my back," said the 29-year-old. "I was finally able to go nine and finish the deal, so it's good feeling." And he accomplished the feat while outdueling another star hurler, lefty Chris Sale. "When you face Sale, you've got to bring your 'A' game," Scherzer said. "There's no room for error."

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