In his last start, Max Scherzer made a change to his changeup that paid big dividends for the right-hander. He'll get to try out the revamped offspeed pitch for a second time Wednesday night against the White Sox.
The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner registered double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season in his last start, fanning 11 in a win against the Angels.
It had something to do with a tweaked grip he used on his changeup -- which he threw 19 times and got Angels hitters to miss on four of their 10 swings against, according to data from MLB.com's Gameday.
"I haven't been getting the swings and misses I've been looking for on that pitch," Scherzer said. "I made a little adjustment on my grip, and I felt like I had a lot more consistency with it and it had a lot more downward action, and I was able to collect some swings and misses and strikeouts with that pitch."
Scherzer picked up his 12th win and went seven innings against Los Angeles, but his Wednesday opponent, Hector Noesi, is coming off his best start of a season that has literally been all over the place.
Pitching for his third team of the 2014 campaign, Noesi went a season-high 7 2/3 innings against the Twins on Thursday and gave up two runs on just three hits. Noesi has settled in a bit lately, allowing three earned runs or fewer in three of his last four outings.
"The strides he's made are impressive from when we got him to what he's doing now, where he's at," manager Robin Ventura said of Noesi. "To be able to go out and give you this, it's definitely steps in the right direction."
White Sox: Top pick Rodon will move up in Minors
Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 overall pick of last month's First-Year Player Draft, will be assigned to Class A Winston-Salem on Wednesday.
A North Carolina State product, Rodon made two appearances in the Arizona Rookie League in the last two weeks. He allowed two earned runs and four hits and struck out five in a combined three innings.
The 21-year-old was recently dubbed the club's top prospect by MLB.com and 23rd in all of baseball.
Tigers: Castellanos day-to-day with finger contusion
Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was listed as day-to-day after being scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a finger contusion on his right hand.
Miguel Cabrera shifted to third base, while Victor Martinez played first in the 11-4 loss to the White Sox.
Castellanos is hitting .264/.310/.399, with six homers and 37 RBIs, in his first full Major League season. The 22-year-old has appeared in 91 of the Tigers' 103 games this season.
• The Tigers are 15-6 when Scherzer starts this season, their best record for any starter.
• White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 games Tuesday night. It's the rookie's second 18-game hitting streak of the season. An 0-for-4 game on July 5 is the only hitless showing Abreu has logged in his last 37 contests.
• This series against Chicago is the Tigers' last intradivisional series for nearly a month. Detroit is 23-20 against the American League Central, but won't play anyone in the division until facing the Twins on Aug. 22-24.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.