KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Justin Verlander has not been very sharp of late, but he's still putting the Detroit Tigers in position to win.
The right-hander tries for a fifth straight winning start by continuing his success against the host Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Verlander (8-4, 3.71 ERA) has won four in a row despite giving up 32 hits and posting a 4.85 ERA. He has allowed three runs over seven innings in each of his last three starts, most recently during Friday's 7-5 win over Cleveland.
"I've still got a ways to go," Verlander told the Tigers' official website after he allowed all his runs in the fifth inning. "I've still got some work to do. But it's nice to be able to go out there and get wins for our ballclub."
Fortunately for Verlander, Detroit (36-27) has scored 34 runs in those four outings. He has received an average 7.20 runs of support this season.
Verlander is 15-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 24 starts versus Kansas City (29-33), including 6-0 with a 2.81 ERA in his ...