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UNDATED (AP) -- The Tigers are hoping the major league wins leader can lead them out of a mini-slump. Detroit turns to 17-1 Max Scherzer when they visit the White Sox tonight. Detroit has dropped three of four since running off a 12-game winning streak. Scherzer is 4-0, allowing just four earned runs in 28 1-3 innings since starting for the American League in the All-Star game next month.

The AL Central leading Tigers are starting to feel some pressure from up-and-coming Kanas City. The Royals have shot into second place in the division and are only four games back of the Tigers after winning 17 of their last 20. Bruce Chen will be making his sixth start for the Royals since coming out of the bullpen when he pitches against Miami tonight. Chen is 5-0.

Texas is riding the high of Yu Darvish's one-hit, 15-strikeout performance heading into the start of a home series against Milwaukee tonight. Yesterday's pitching gem against Houston ran the Rangers' winning streak to eight games and ended their road trip with a one-game lead over Oakland for the top spot in the AL West.

The A's are hoping Bartolo Colon got the bad pitching out of his system the last time out, as he's scheduled to take his 14-4 record to the mound at home against the Astros. Colon allowed five runs in 2 2-3 innings in his shortest outing of the season against Cincinnati. Before that he was 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in five previous starts.

The Dodgers hitters may have a tough time generating much offense when they host the Mets tonight. New York has Matt Harvey scheduled to start. He's 9-3 with a 2.09 ERA that is second best in the majors, behind L.A.'s Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers should be well represented on the mound with 11-3 Hyun-Jin Ryu getting the start. His .786 winning percentage is the highest for a rookie in Dodgers history.


Man dies in fall during Braves game

ATLANTA (AP) -- The mother of a Georgia man who died after falling from the upper deck of Turner Field in Atlanta Monday night says her son was a lifelong Braves fan.

Authorities say Ronald Lee Homer Jr., fell about 65 feet at the game between the Braves and Philadelphia, which had been delayed for nearly two hours by heavy rain.

The 30-year old Homer spoke with his mother Connie by cellphone as he and other fans waited for the rain to let up. His mother told The Associated Press, that Homer said the rain was beginning to slack off and indicated he was preparing to go into the seating area for the game.


Vickers back full-time

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Brian Vickers has picked up a full-time ride for the Sprint Cup Series with Michael Waltrip Racing starting next season. That marks a significant comeback by the 29-year old Vickers who had his racing career derailed in May 2010. That's when doctors discovered blood clots in his legs and lungs. Two months later he underwent two procedures to close a hole in his heart and insert a stent into a vein in his left leg.

He was medically cleared to return to racing in 2011 but his team struggled and he finished a disappointing 25th in the point standings. After the season he was dealt another blow when Red Bull pulled out of Cup racing leaving Vickers without a full-time ride.

Vickers snapped a 75-game winless streak in the Sprint Cups series with a win at New Hampshire last month.


Chiefs Charles sits out

UNDATED (AP) -- Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles sat out Chiefs practice after straining his right foot in Monday's workout.

Charles attended practice but joined the rest of the injured Chiefs away from the practice field. He wasn't wearing a boot and didn't appear to be limping.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said following the workout that Charles would play in Friday night's preseason game against San Francisco only if he's able.


US leds medal count

MOSCOW (AP) -- The United States holds the medal lead heading into Day 4 at the world championships in track and field. Half of the Americans six medals are gold. Among the events on the schedule are the men's 400 and 800 meters.

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