DETROIT Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has shown signs of regaining his dominance at times this season. But I never came away from those games believing he had turned the corner.
Now I think he has.
It all has to do with his curveball the best in the game until recently regaining its knee-buckling break for him in Wednesdays outing.
That, in turn, allowed Verlander to once again feast on right-handed hitters, who had been eating him alive this season.
Verlander escaped a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the first inning with one run. And the Washington Nationals didnt score another run in his six-inning stint, as Detroit won its fifth straight game, 11-1.
Jayson Werth hit a sacrifice fly for the first out in the first. Then Verlander got No. 5 hitter Adam LaRoche to go down swinging on a late-breaking curve, and Ian Desmond hit into a fielders choice to end the threat.
It was huge, Verlander said of the LaRoche whiff. You go down by two or three runs, and put your offen...