DETROIT -- Yes, Tigers fans, that was really Justin Verlander on the mound Saturday night.
He may have looked like Jamie Moyer or late-career Frank Tanana, but it was the Tigers ace trying to survive a game without his legendary fastball. It didn't go well.
Verlander did strike out seven batters in his five innings mostly with his changeup and curveball but the lack of a working fastball meant that he gave up six hits, five walks and four runs.
"That happens to me about once or twice a season," a frustrated Verlander said. "My bullpen before the game was the best I've had this season, but it didn't carry over to the game."
He started the game like the heater was the only thing he had getting up to 95 mph as he threw fastballs on 13 of his first 15 pitches. The problem was that he couldn't get them over the plate. By the time he started mixing in some off-speed pitches, Nick Swisher had hit an RBI double and, for just the the third time in his career, Verlander had walked a ba...