Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 6/29/12

11 APR 2009: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) during the Detroit Tigers 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Verlander would not get a decision pitching 5 innings while allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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By STEVE KORNACKISpecial to FOXSportsDetroit.com ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Justin Verlander did nothing to add to his legend Friday night. Oh, he was striking out Tampa Bay Rays like nobodys business. But he couldnt match David Price in stringing zeroes along the scoreboard, and a three-start winning streak ended. Verlander is now 8-5 despite a 2.69 ERA. He struck out eight in six innings, and re-gained the league lead in that department ahead of Tigers teammate Max Scherzer with 121. Verlander's 123 23 innings are the most in the majors. And, at the age of 29, he is climbing among the giants in the franchises pitching pantheon. Verlander is 115-62 since coming up for two starts at the end of the 2005 season. He is two wins away from matching Denny McLain, who was 117-62 in Detroit before his arm and life fell apart. The fact that McLains winning percentage (.654) is just an eyelash ahead of Verlanders .650 says much about how dominating hes been. McLain, in 1968, was the last T...
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