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Floyd takes no-hitter into seventh in win

When Gavin Floyd takes the mound Saturday against the Tigers at Comerica Park, the right-hander would love to duplicate his last outing. He'd also gladly settle for a repeat performance of his outing against the Tigers three weeks ago.

Floyd took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Red Sox last Sunday before finally allowing a one-out single and eventually settling for the win. His only other win this season came in his April 14 start against the Tigers, in which he tossed six shutout innings, conceding just three hits.

Despite Floyd's no-hit bid, catcher A.J. Pierzynski said something like that can't become the focus when facing a team with a potent offense like the Red Sox or Tigers.

"Gavin pitched well and deserves a ton of credit for the way he held down a lineup that has been hot," Pierzynski said after Floyd's last outing. "There was never a thought of perfect game or no-hitter or any of that stuff. You are trying to get through because you know at any moment they could strike for a bloop and then a home run and they are right back in the game."

While Floyd tries to again channel his no-hit-type stuff, Tigers starter Max Scherzer has spent the past week trying to channel last season. Scherzer, along with manager Jim Leyland and pitching coach Jeff Jones, studied film earlier this week to compare the right-hander's mechanics with those from past seasons.

Unfortunately for Scherzer, his start to the 2012 campaign has been nothing like his 6-0 start a year ago. Scherzer takes the rubber Saturday sporting a 7.77 ERA to go along with his 1-3 record, reminiscent of his similarly disastrous beginning in 2010, when he started 1-4 with a 7.29 ERA.

"In 2010, I really needed an overhaul on the mechanics of the way my arm was working," Scherzer said. "So it took a couple bullpens to really be able to diagnose and be able to fix that. I don't feel like that's the case right now, per se. There are just a couple small little tweaks I need to make to be able to repeat consistently.

"I know I'm a good pitcher in this league and I'm very capable. I know next start I'll be right where I need to be."

White Sox: Sale moved from rotation to closer
Chris Sale's run as a member of the White Sox starting rotation came to a sudden halt Friday. Manager Robin Ventura announced that Sale would assume the club's closer role going forward.

Moving the 23-year-old southpaw back to the bullpen wasn't a matter of his performance -- he went 3-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts -- but instead a health concern. Sale had been feeling a mixture of tightness and soreness in his pitching elbow.

"Listen, we're not making this decision based upon what's best for the team," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "In this case, obviously he's starting and doing well. It would be a wonderful thing to keep him in [the rotation]. We're doing it because we feel it's best for him, his career and his health."

Dylan Axelrod will start in Sale's place Sunday and will have the first crack at securing the fifth spot in the rotation.

Tigers: Young expected back in lineup
Delmon Young is expected to be in the Tigers' starting lineup Saturday for the first time since his seven-game suspension for his arrest on charges of aggravated harassment.

The 26-year-old Young was eligible to play Friday night, but didn't appear in the Tigers' 5-4 walk-off victory.

In order to make room for Young on the roster, Detroit designated Brad Eldred for assignment.

Worth noting
• After just one multihit game in the White Sox first 22 contests, second baseman Gordon Beckham has three in the last four games. He's 8-for-14 in that span, raising his average from .153 to .233.

• The White Sox are 2-2 in their first four meetings with the Tigers this season, after dropping each of the last six in 2011.

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