Justin Verlander still hasn't lost to the Minnesota Twins in more than three years, though he came awfully close on Thursday.
The Detroit Tigers ace left after the seventh inning with the game tied. He benefited from a four-run rally that got him off the hook for what would have been his first loss to the Twins since April 2010.
However, that didn't brighten his mood because an eighth-inning run was enough to give the Twins a 7-6 win over his Tigers.
''Today was tough,'' Verlander said. ''I'd say frustrating was a good word for it.''
Verlander came into this season with a huge contract and a reputation as the best pitcher in the American League and perhaps all of baseball.
On May 5, after he dominated the Astros, it didn't appear that anything had changed. Verlander was 4-2 with a 1.55 ERA, something new for a pitcher who usually struggles in April.
That, though, is when everything changed.
In his last 20 starts, Verlander is 8-7 with a 4.45 ERA. He has talked about finding m...