Tigers' Scherzer pulled with shoulder fatigue

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DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer has been lifted from Tuesday night's start against Oakland after only two innings because of a fatigued throwing shoulder.

He's scheduled to have an MRI.

Scherzer, who has been brilliant of late, allowed a run and two hits, striking out four. He'd thrown only 44 pitches when left-hander Darin Downs came on from the bullpen to start the third.

Detroit led 2-1 when he Scherzer left.

Scherzer entered the game with a 16-6 record and a 3.77 ERA, as well as a major league-leading 220 strikeouts.

Detroit trails the first-place Chicago White Sox by three games in the AL Central.