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Max Scherzer tossed eight scoreless innings against the White Sox on Sunday to improve to 4-0 on the season (AP)

The Tigers continued a recent string of success against the White Sox by pulling off a series sweep to improve to 12-10 on the season. Detroit outscored the struggling White Sox 21-3 during the series and have won nine straight over the Chi Sox dating back to last season. The Tigers are now 4-2 against the AL Central and 6-3 at home

Win: Max Scherzer (4-0)

Loss: John Danks (0-3)

Save: Jose Valverde (5)

Hero: Max Scherzer

Scherzer delivered another quality start, tossing eight scoreless innings to move to  4-0 on the season. After manager Jim Leyland emphasized the need for Scherzer to be more efficient with his pitches following his start against Seattle earlier in the week, Scherzer did just that. He only needed 104 pitches in his eight innings of work. In his previous starts he had reached the 100 pitch mark by the fifth or sixth inning.

Key sequence: The bottom of the sixth

With the Tigers holding on to a 1-0 lead, they added a pair of big runs with two outs. Alex Avila started the rally with his two-out single and came around to score on a double by Brandon Inge. Austin Jackson followed with a double to score Inge and push the Tigers lead to 3-0.

Thoughts on game 7 of 162

Welcome sight: Newcomer Victor Martinez had a key three-RBI double in the opening inning of Detroit's 5-2 win over Kansas City in Friday's home opener at Comerica Park (AP)

Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer proved to be a winning combination for the Tigers in their home opening victory over the Royals on Friday. Scherzer provided the team with a quality start and Martinez provided early offense that made the difference in the 5-2 victory for Detroit in its first game of the season against an AL Central team.

Hero / key sequence: Victor Martinez endeared himself to the Detroit fans by changing the game in his first home at-bat at Comerica Park. Martinez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the first inning and drilled a three-RBI triple to the right center field gap. That hit sparked the four-run first inning and provided all the offense the Tigers needed.

Unsung hero: Jhonny Peralta.

Peralta has quietly gotten off to a decent start offensively and added to it by driving in Detroit’s other two runs in Friday’s win. Peralta had a two-out double that plated Martinez in the opening inning and added a sacrifice fly that gave the Tigers their fifth and final run. Peralta finished 2 for 3 and is batting .333 so far this season.

Max power: Scherzer went six strong innings, giving up just one run and striking out three to improve to 2-0 on the mound this season. He only had a little trouble in the third and fourth innings. He allowed the lone run in the third on a two-out triple by Melky Cabrera. In the fourth he worked out of a bases loaded jam by getting an infield ground out to end the inning.

Today: Vs. Kansas City, 4 p.m. Reliever turned starter Phil Coke will be making his first start of 2011.