Justin Verlander was roughed up in his last start in Kansas City and it didn't bother him at all.
The Detroit Tigers ace would probably have a much different reaction if that happened during the heat of a pennant race.
Making his first start at Kauffman Stadium since last month's All-Star game, Verlander goes for a sixth consecutive winning decision against the Royals in Tuesday night's series opener.
Given the start by AL manager Ron Washington, Verlander was tagged for five first-inning runs in an 8-0 loss to the NL on July 10. The reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner's decision to hit triple digits on the radar gun instead of treating it like the first inning of a normal start didn't produce good results.
"I was able to laugh at it right away," Verlander said. "Obviously, you don't want to go out like that, but I had fun. That's why I don't try to throw 100 (mph) in the first inning, but this is for the fans. It doesn't usually work out too well for me."