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He almost does it again!
Justin Verlander almost does it again. As the Pittsburgh Pirates faced the Detroit Tigers tonight, Verlander almost completed his third career no-hitter. His first no-no came at home on June 12th, 2007, against the Milwaukee Brewers. His second was thrown last year on May 7th, in Toronto, against the Blue Jays. Now, with the Pirates visiting, Verlander put on another show in front of a sell-out crowd at Comerica Park. Throwing 109 pitches and 76 strikes, Verlander allowed only one hit and two walks while striking out 12 Brewers batters. Josh Harrison broke up the no-hitter in the ninth inning with one out on a breaking ball.
Justin Verlander is one of 28 MLB pitchers to have multiple no-hit games including the post-season. He has not been shy about the fact that he would like to throw a few more in his career.
The Detroit Tigers scored two runs in the first, fourth and seventh innings to solidify the 6-0 win.
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Justin Verlander came within two outs of his third career no-hitter, allowing only Josh Harrison's ninth-inning single in the Detroit Tigers' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
The 29-year-old Verlander, last year's AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, nearly became the sixth major league pitcher with at least three career no-hitters. But with one out...
Justin Verlander’s latest brush with greatness gives enough reason to expect more spectacular pitching from him this season — not that he hasn’t been dominant and otherworldly already, but the 6-foot-5 Detroit Tigers ace most definitely has plenty of nastiness to unleash come summer. He showed that in 2011, and gave a preview of what’s to come [...]
Someone Who Deserves a Raise...Justin Verlander, of course. He's currently 5-1 with a ERA of 2.13 and leads the Majors with a .80 WHIP (walks+hits/innings pitched). Last season he became just the sixth pitcher since 1968 to win the MVP award. The others: Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, Willie Hernandez, Roger Clemens, and Dennis Eckersley. Verlander threw his second career no-hitter...
DETROIT -- Clint Hurdle grew up in Michigan and dreamed about watching one of his beloved Tigers pitch a no-hitter.
Friday night, he almost got his wish.
The Big Rapids native, now the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, could only watch helplessly as Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against his team. Even when Josh Harrison's soft liner up the middle...
Baseball is a game of superstition, warranted or not. Most of the time it is warranted. That’s just how the game goes. Growing up playing the game for most of my life, and now coaching a fine bunch of young men at Burton Atherton, I often encourage players to do the same exact thing they [...]
Detroit Tigers, 19-20, 3 games behind Cleveland.
Last season on May 7 the Tigers were 16-18, and a whole 7 games behind Cleveland in the Central. Then Justin Verlander sparked the team with a no-hitter against the Blue Jays, they won their next 6, and improved their way to a Central Division title.
Could Verlander’s dominating one-hitter last night be the spark that turns the...
Well that was fun to watch. Who would have thought that last year’s MVP and Cy Young winner would take a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the league’s worst offense? Oh…right.
Justin Verlander threw his first complete game shutout of the year and he had a no-hitter going with one out in the ninth before Josh Harrison ruined it with an 0-2 flare up the middle. To compare...
DETROIT -- Justin Verlander can't pitch every game, so the Tigers are going to have to find a way to win on those other four days.
Manager Jim Leyland cautioned after Friday night's 6-0, one-hit shutout by Verlander that they would need rookie Drew Smyly to pitch well for the Tigers to create some momentum.
Kind of how most of the season has gone thus far for the Tigers...
No member of the Pittsburgh Pirates wanted to be involved with a Justin Verlander no-hitter. But the Detroit Tigers ace had one going heading into the ninth inning against the visiting Pirates on Friday night. With one out in the ninth, unheralded Josh Harrison singled off Verlander to avoid being no-hit. "No one wants to be part of a no-hitter, so it was nice to look...
DETROIT -- Less than 24 hours later, Tigers manager Jim Leyland was still raving about Justin Verlander's one-hit shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"Thats probably the best game Ive ever seen pitched, and Ive seen a lot of games -- over 3,000," Leyland said. "I dont know how to explain that.
"Anybody who was here last night probably saw one of the best...
Friday night, Justin Verlander threw no-hit baseball for 8.1 innings and simply overmatched the Pittsburgh Pirates in his 1-hit shutout. Yesterday, Brandon Morrow needed 107 pitches to dominate the Mets, allowing only 3 hits and one walk while striking out 8 in his shutout performance. These performances were great and some pitchers have been simply dominant all season. For a...
Justin Verlander gives up a basehit to Josh Harrison in the ninth inning? Maybe he should be demoted to the bullpen. At least it was the DH who got the hit. And if you're impressed by pitchers taking no-hitters into the late innings, just know that Nolan Ryan had a no-hitter in the seventh inning or later 31 times!
Let's get to the trots!
Home Run of the Day: Nick Markakis...
The Pirates open a three-game interleague series in Detroit on Friday night. Right-hander Charlie Morton will be on the hill for the Bucs. The Tigers will counter with ace right-hander Justin Verlander.
The Factor12 Rating (F12) is an analytic measurement utilizing league average performance to compare the value of all MLB pitchers.
(1) Justin Verlander regains the number one F12 Rating after pitching his latest masterpiece (7IP / 2H / 1ER / 1BB / 8K) against the Oakland Athletics. The 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner holds a 31.009 Factor12 Rating.