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Max Scherzer starting today following his brother’s death

Max Scherzer

Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer pitches against the Colorado Rockies during an interleague baseball game Sunday, June 17, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Max Scherzer is pitching against the Pirates this afternoon with a very heavy heart.

Scherzer has been away from the Tigers for the past couple of days due to “personal reasons,” but now we know some of the details regarding his absence. And they are heartbreaking.

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that Scherzer is pitching today, despite his younger brother Alex passing away three days ago. Scott Miller of has learned that he took his own life.

Just terrible. Our thoughts go out to Scherzer and his family. It’s little consolation, but he’s going to have a lot of people rooting for him today.