Originally written on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 9/24/12

11 APR 2009: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) during the Detroit Tigers 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Verlander would not get a decision pitching 5 innings while allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander breezed through eight innings and Prince Fielder hit a solo homer, helping the Detroit Tigers steady themselves with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. Detroit entered one game behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central after being swept in a doubleheader by Minnesota on Sunday. Verlander (16-8) had little trouble with the Royals, who knocked him around for eight runs and 12 hits last month. The right-hander allowed two runs and nine hits this time, striking out eight without a walk. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth. Luke Hochevar (8-15) yielded six runs -- five earned -- and 12 hits in 7 1-3 innings. Alex Gordon homered for Kansas City. The Tigers play three more games at home against the Royals before finishing the regular season with a six-game trip to Minnesota and Kansas City. Fielder opened the scoring in the second with his 28th homer, and Alex Avila hit an RBI double later in the inning. Gordon's ...
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