DETROIT -- If you were watching Justin Verlander in the first inning of Sunday's game, you might have turned off the TV. If you kept watching, you might be feeling a sense of relief right now.
Verlander walked two Cleveland Indians and needed 35 pitches to get out of the first inning, although he did not allow a run.
Things got progressively better for Verlander, who made it through seven innings without giving up a run. He also threw just 32 pitches in his last three innings combined for a total of 116.
Although the Tigers did not earn their 16th win of the season as the Indians salvaged a 4-0 win with Mike Aviles' grand slam off Joaquin Benoit in the ninth inning, in the long run the game could turn out to be a good thing.
That is, if Verlander has truly found something that he can repeat on a consistent basis.
"It felt great," Verlander said. "There were actually a few adjustments I made during the game, one of the things I've been working on in the bullpen, which I don't re...