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Max Scherzer will pitch the most important game of his career Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park in Boston. Shareef Abdur-Rahim Jersey . Its Game 6 of the ALCS, and if the Tigers lose, their season is over, and the Red Sox go to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons searching for their third title over that span. If Scherzer and the Tigers win, it will force a Game 7 on Sunday night, with Justin Verlander on the hill against John Lackey. The interesting story is how Scherzer got to Detroit in the first place. In 2009, Scherzer was with the Arizona Diamondbacks, battling for the number five starter job with Yusmeiro Petit. Yes thats the same Petit, who came within one out of a perfect game, for the Giants back on September 6th against the Diamondbacks. Heading into that season, the D-Backs were a highly touted outfit. In fact, I found an old article from the Bleacher Report, that praised their starting rotation of Brandon Webb, Daren Haren, Doug Davis , Jon Garland and either Scherzer or Petit as the best in the National League West and arguably the tops in all the Majors. That year, Arizona was 70-92 and was needless to say a huge disappointment. Clearly a shake-up was in order. So on December 8, 2009, Arizona, Detroit and the New York Yankees concocted a monster three team deal involving seven players. Initially, it seemed the Yanks got the best of the swap, in acquiring up and coming slugging centre fielder Curtis Granderson, from the Tigers. Arizona landed two veteran arms in Edwin Jackson from Detroit and Ian Kennedy from the Yankees. Kennedy gave the D-backs one incredible season, but ultimately got traded to San Diego this season. Detroit picked up four young players a couple of which were highly rated prospects. They got centre fielder Austin Jackson and lefty reliever Phil Coke from the Yankees, and a couple of pitchers from Arizona, Daniel Schlereth and yes Max Scherzer. The deal didnt seem to help Arizona at all. The next season (2010) they tumbled to 65-97, and in-season replaced manager A.J Hinch with current skipper Kirk Gibson. The Yankees got two solid seasons out of Granderson and an injury plagued 2013. Now Granderson is set to enter free agency and is by no means a lock to return to the "Pinstripes". What do the Tigers have? Well they beat the Yankees a year ago to make it to the World Series where they ultimately lost to the Giants. Theyve got a right hander in Scherzer, whos poised to win his first Cy Young Award, a starting centre fielder in Jackson and serviceable reliever in Coke. Now with Scherzer pitching Saturday, theyve at least still got a chance to go to the World Seriesfor the third time in eight seasons. Sometimes, it takes a few years to analyze a trade, but clearly GM Dave Dombrowski and the Tigers won this one. As a bit of a footnote, to this story, I saw one rumour, this week, that after the season, Detroit might actually consider trading Scherzer in the off-season. That knocked me back a few steps, but Scherzer is eligible for arbitration after this season, and can become a free agent in 2015. Maybe the Tigers just dont think they can afford to have Scherzer and Justin Verlander on the same staff, or perhaps, they just want to keep growing and replenishing their system, the way they did with that epic three team deal in December of 2009. Stay tuned. A couple of former Blue Jays of World Series vintage were in the news this week. Darnell Colesa valuable bench player on the 93 team, was promoted by Milwaukee to manage their Triple-Afarm club at Nashville. Turner Ward a versatile outfield back-up with the club in 92 and 93 is the assistant hitting coach with Arizona. There is a chance he could be in for a promotion, since Don Baylor left the D-backs to become the hitting coach with the Angels. Ward was a huge fan favourite in Toronto. Zach Randolph Jersey . No such luck. Wiggins owned the end of Parkers impressive homecoming. The Kansas star scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, outplaying Parker down the stretch and helping the fifth-ranked Jayhawks knock off No. Jarell Martin Jersey . -- Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will be out three to six weeks with a stress fracture of the third finger of his right hand. http://www.thegrizzliesofficial.com/Authentic-Tyreke-Evans-Grizzlies-Jersey/ . The future hall of famers stole the show at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night, with Jagr moving into seventh place in all-time goal scoring and Brodeur stopping 29 shots as the Devils downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.People always talk about how Jimmy Anderson has been the main man in the England attack for years but Stuart Broads stats show he is now a leader in his own right. He proved during the Ashes, when he finished as Englands top wicket taker, that he can step up when needed and theres no doubt in my mind that he is bowling better than he ever has.He is at the peak of his powers and I think a lot of that is down to him knowing his body better than perhaps he did when he was younger and England keeping him fresh by resting him from the ODIs.Stuart will have to bowl different lines and lengths to get the success he got this summer when he plays in the UAE but he is more than capable of adapting, as well as finding reverse swing. A look back at some of Stuart Broads key wickets during his Test career He showed that when England played Pakistan in the Emirates three years ago, taking 13 wickets at a touch over 20 to become the top performing seamer on either side, and I think he can do it again.The lack of pace on subcontinental pitches means batsmen dont have to deal with much short stuff but because Stuart is so tall he can catch players by surprise, pin them back and make them fall over.His ability to bowl straight works really well in these conditions, too.Players like to come at you and score quickly on Asian wickets but Stuart can negate that by maintaining straight lines, frustrating batsmen and forcing them to play loose shots. James Anderson may have to drag his length back against Pakistan, says Dominic It might be a little bit more difficult in the UAE for Stuarts mate, Anderson.I get a little bit annoyed when I hear that Jimmy needs conventional swing to be a good bowler because you dont accrue the Test record he has wiithout being able to adapt to different tracks. Marc Gasol Jersey. But he may have to bring his length back, use a few subtleties in order to get his wickets and not expect to have batsmen nicking behind the way they did during The Ashes this summer - split fields and encouraging players to play across the line might be the way to go.The key to bowling in the UAE is to create pressure and not let batsmen get easy boundaries so every bowler will have to fulfil a holding role at some stage, including the spinners. The ECB give us exclusive access to England fast bowler Mark Wood as he explains what life on tour is like With that in mind, Mark Wood was always my preferred choice to Steve Finn as third seamer even before Finn got injured because of the impact that hes had in the Test arena already. Finn is a wicket taker but can also concede runs and thats not something Trevor Bayliss will want.Wood took crucial wickets this summer and I think he will be able to reverse swing the ball back into the right-handers but, like Simon Jones and Andrew Flintoff before him, also get the ball going the other way.There has been talk that, to get two spinners in, England could play Ben Stokes as third seamer, but I think it is a tad too early in his development for that, especially on pitches where it will be hard to take 20 wickets.Thats not to say I dont rate his bowling, though, as he can be a match-changer with both bat and ball and if he can find a regular level of consistency he can be the best all-rounder in world cricket. Englands tour of the UAE to play Pakistan is live on Sky Sports, starting with the opening Test, in Abu Dhabi, on Tuesday 13th October. You can also watch without a contract on NOW TV. 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