June 8, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tigers week in review

The Tigers lost a chance Sunday night to sweep the season series from the Red Sox for the first time. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)

Tuesday night: Blue Jays 5, Tigers 3

WP: Dustin McGowan, LP: Joe Nathan

Wednesday night: Blue Jays 8, Tigers 2

WP: R.A. Dickey, LP: Rick Porcello

Thursday: Blue Jays 7, Tigers 3

WP: J.A. Happ, LP: Justin Verlander

Friday night: Tigers 6, Red Sox 2

WP: Drew Smyly, LP: Rubby De La Rosa

Saturday night: Tigers 8, Red Sox 6

WP: Max Scherzer, LP: Jon Lester

Best game

The 8-6 win on Saturday night was another clear sign that the Tigers might be turning things around since their 4-13 slump. It was the second straight win — the first two-game streak at Comerica Park in a month. Max Scherzer improved to 7-2 after going 623 innings and giving up four runs on 11 hits with nine strikeouts.

Worst game

Tuesday’s loss to the Blue Jays could have qualified for the best game, until the bullpen gave up five runs in the ninth inning. The Tigers scored three in the bottom half but couldn’t muster a bigger rally.

Looking ahead

Series: Four games at White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Ill.

First pitch: 8:10 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

TV/radio: FSD/1270-AM and 97.1-FM

Probable starters: Monday, RHP Rick Porcello (8-3, 3.69) vs. RHP Hector Noesi (1-3, 3.92); Tuesday, RHP Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) vs. LHP John Danks (4-5, 4.32); Wednesday, LHP Drew Smyly (3-4, 3.81) vs. RHP Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25); Thursday, RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 3.38) vs. LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.06).

Central focus: The Tigers begin a stretch of 14 games against Central Division foes, beginning with the White Sox, against whom the Tigers are 4-2 this season.

Series: Three games vs. Twins, Comerica Park, Detroit

First pitch: 7:08 Friday-Saturday; 4:10 p.m., Sunday.

TV/radio: FSD/1270-AM and 97.1

Probables: Friday: RHP Kyle Gibson (5-5, 3.91) vs. RHP Anibal Sanchez (2-2, 2.15), Saturday, RHP Sam Deduno (2-3, 3.83) vs. RHP Rick Porcello, Sunday: RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.65) vs. RHP Justin Verlander.

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