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Scherzer wins 12th, has 11 Ks vs. Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The day after the Detroit Tigers traded for Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan made a point of showing why he is still manager Brad Ausmus' No. 1 option in the ninth inning.

Nathan struck out the side on 12 pitches to secure Max Scherzer's 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between two of the top three teams in the majors.

The six-time All-Star posted his 21st save in 26 chances after Joba Chamberlain gave up a run on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly in the eighth.

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AL Batting Average
Rank Name  BA
1 J. Altuve, Hou.338
2 R. Cano, Sea.329
3 V. Martinez, Det.323
4 A. Beltre, Tex.322
5 L. Chisenhall, Cle.317
6 M. Brantley, Cle.316
7 M. Cabrera, Det.314
8 M. Cabrera, Tor.311
9 M. Trout, LAA.309
10 K. Suzuki, Min.308
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AL Home Runs
Rank Name  HR
1 J. Abreu, CWS29
2 N. Cruz, Bal28
3 E. Encarnacion, Tor26
4t D. Ortiz, Bos24
4t M. Trout, LAA24
6 B. Moss, Oak23
7t J. Donaldson, Oak21
7t V. Martinez, Det21
9t C. Carter, Hou20
9t A. Pujols, LAA20
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AL Runs Batted In
Rank Name  RBI
1 M. Cabrera, Det80
2 M. Trout, LAA76
3t J. Abreu, CWS74
3t N. Cruz, Bal74
5t J. Donaldson, Oak72
5t D. Ortiz, Bos72
7 B. Moss, Oak71
8 E. Encarnacion, Tor70
9t A. Pujols, LAA66
9t K. Seager, Sea66
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