Justin Verlander was woeful early in his career against the Chicago White Sox, but he has dominated them over the last four seasons.
He and the Detroit Tigers will get their first look at the White Sox in 2013 in the opener of a three-game set at Comerica Park on Tuesday night.
Verlander (9-5, 3.54 ERA) went 2-9 with a 5.90 ERA in his first 14 starts against Chicago from 2006-09. Those days must seem like a distant memory now, with the right-hander going 12-1 with a 2.23 ERA in his last 13 outings versus the White Sox. That includes a 7-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA in eight home starts.
It could be another long night for Chicago (34-52) as its four available regulars with the most experience against Verlander have enjoyed little success. Alexei Ramirez is 11 for 50, Alex Rios is 8 for 33, Gordon Beckham is 5 for 28 and Adam Dunn 3 for 20 with two homers.
Verlander avoided his first five-start winless stretch in five seasons with seven scoreless innings in an 11-1 victory at Toronto on...