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As one of the game's top pitchers, Justin Verlander can accept a little more scrutiny.
He welcomes it, in fact. So there was no grousing from the Detroit ace when he took some heat after three straight ragged starts.
Instead, Verlander went back to work, and on Monday he returned to form a bit, striking out 13 in seven innings to lead the Tigers to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Detroit's Jhonny Peralta had four hits, and the Tigers held on for their sixth win in seven games.
''I expect the bar to be high,'' Verlander said. ''That's where I set it for myself.''
Verlander (6-4) hadn't pitched more than five innings in any of his previous three starts, struggling at times with his location. But he was sharp for the most part against Pittsburgh, allowing three runs and seven hits with two walks.
Joaquin Benoit allowed two runs - one earned - in the eighth. Jose Valverde finished for his sixth save in seven chances, striki...
BEST OF MAXIM
DETROIT The sheriff was back in town. Justin Verlander took the mound at Comerica Park on Monday, restoring law and order to his strike zone and the base paths.
Take a deep breath, Tigers fans. Your world or at least the land of your ace is back to normal.
Verlander struck out a season-high 13 and limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to three runs on seven hits over seven innings...
DETROIT -- Justin Verlander knows whats wrong with Justin Verlander.
Tinkering, he told me, is what I would call it.
Of course. Tinkering.
In his last three starts, Verlander has allowed 16 earned runs over 12-23 innings. Fans, scouts and opposing hitters would choose a different participle: Struggling. But Verlander didnt use that S-word once during a 15-minute conversation Friday...
DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander struck out 13 in seven innings, and Jhonny Peralta had four hits to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday.
It was Peralta's first four-hit game since June 4, 2010, when he was playing for Cleveland. Detroit has won six of seven.
Verlander (6-4) hadn't pitched more than five innings in any of his previous three...
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The Bucs are in Detroit for Memorial Day and interleague “rivalry week.” They’ll play two games in Detroit and then come to Pittsburgh for two more – kind of a first in the MLB schedules this year. Most teams are doing the same thing this week.
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Having Josh Bell...
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The post Pittsburgh...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
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Though Anibal Sanchez came two outs from recording his second career no-hitter last week, he seems more content with doing his part to help the Detroit Tigers continue their winning ways.
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Wandy Rodriguez won his fourth consecutive start, Pedro Alvarez had a two-run double and the Pittsburgh Pirates built an early four-run lead before holding off the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Sunday.
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Rodriguez (6-2) gave up three earned runs on seven hits in five innings to earn the victory. He struck out four...
Neil Walker ended a lengthy pitching duel with a home run in the top of the 11th inning Tuesday night, lifting the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
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While they have expanded the list, the rankings for the two spots where the Pittsburgh...