DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer have been so successful this season, they're earning the right to be mentioned in the same breath with some of baseball's greats.
Cabrera homered and had an RBI single to help Scherzer become baseball's first 18-game winner as the Tigers beat the Royals 6-3 on Sunday to win the five-game series.
"Both of them are on a roll that you don't see very often," manager Jim Leyland said. "Tigers fans could go years without ever seeing something like that again."
Cabrera became the third player since 1921 to have at least 40 homers and 120 RBIs while batting .350 or better through 116 games, joining Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx, STATS said. "That's nice," Cabrera said with a touch of awe as he looked at a list of the company he joined.
Scherzer and Roger Clemens are the only pitchers since 1919 to have 18 wins in their first 19 decisions as starters, STATS said. Clemens did it with the Yankees in 2001, when he finished 20-3.
"It's great because I respect what he was able to do throughout his career and in that season," Scherzer said. "But the win-loss record is a little fluky. Every time I go out, the guys are putting up runs for me and are playing great defense, so I can't take credit for being 18-1."