Scherzer, Fielder earn Tigers' monthly awards

Scherzer, Fielder earn Tigers' monthly awards

DETROIT -- Max Scherzer and Prince Fielder were named Tigers Pitcher and Player of the Month, respectively, on Sunday.

Scherzer won four of the five games he pitched in August, and finished the month rattling off four straight as the Tigers jockey for position in the American League Central. Overall, the right-hander went 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA while striking out 44.

And his best performance, eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball against the White Sox on Saturday, didn't even count toward the voting. Scherzer matched a career high by notching his 15th win Saturday night and hasn't allowed more than two runs in a start since Aug. 5. He finished Saturday's start as the Major League leader in strikeouts with 204

For Fielder, the first baseman finished the month batting .370 with six doubles, seven home runs and 21 RBIs. It was by far his best batting average in any month this season -- the next closest a .330 average in May.

Fielder is seven RBIs away from his fifth 100-RBI season and if he continues his success into September, it could mark the first time in the 28-year-old's eight-year career that he hits .300.