OAKLAND -- The workload for right-hander Max Scherzer has been managed since he pitched in Detroit's regular-season finale last Wednesday in Kansas City, but his status for Game 4, if necessary, Wednesday night is not in doubt.
Scherzer threw a second bullpen session Monday at the Coliseum, but kept it to light throwing. That's not unusual for this time of year, when innings are piling up on pitchers who have been up all season. For Scherzer, who missed a start a week and a half ago with soreness in the deltoid area of his shoulder, it's a little more than that.
"He said he feels great," Jones said.
The Tigers kept sinkerballer Rick Porcello on the postseason roster as a long reliever in case they needed to make a quick hook on anyone or had to wait out an extra-inning game.
Kelly's phone buzzing after game-winning RBI
OAKLAND -- Fortunately for Don Kelly, text messages weigh nothing, no matter how many he has left on his phone.
After his walk-off sacrifice fly and hoist of Prince Fielder became dual highlights from Sunday's 5-4 win, Kelly was asked Monday how many messages he had received.
His answer was the number over the text messages icon on his phone. He had 49 messages waiting to be read, and he estimates about two to three times that he found time to read.
"I've tried to respond to as many people as I could," Kelly said.
Add them up, and by his rough guess, they outnumber the messages the utility man received after he pitched for the Tigers in a game last year.
"That was on national TV," Kelly said of the sac fly.
The Red Sox have made official their hiring of former Tigers scout Eddie Bane as a special assistant for player personnel. Bane spent the last two seasons as a Major League scout for the Tigers after previously working as the Angels' scouting director.The Tigers, who couldn't offer a similar role in their system, have not yet filled the opening. Teams normally fill scouting ranks in October, when contracts begin to run out.