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Posts Tagged ‘Justin Verlander.’

Tonight’s feature pitching matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Justin Verlander as Detroit visits Texas

Justin Verlander (megasportsnews.com photo)

Yu Darvish (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

There’s going to be a dynamite pitching matchup tonight in Arlington, Texas as the Detroit Tigers visit the Texas Rangers.

Two of the American League’s top right-handers will hook up, Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander.

The 26-year-old Darvish is the ace of the Rangers’ starting rotation and baseball’s strikeout leader with 80.

The 30-year-old Verlander, a perennial Cy Young Award candidate, is the ace of the Detroit staff. He has led the American League in strikeouts in three of the past four seasons.

 

REDS POSTGAME NOTES: Detroit Tigers 3 Cincinnati 2

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CINCINNATI, OHIO — The Cincinnati Reds lost a tough game Saturday to the Detroit Tigers, before a crowd of 42,443 in 85 degree temperatures. The game played in 3 hours, 6 minutes.

* The Reds are now 6-2 wearing their Red Alternate Jersey Tops.

* Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 15 games, batting .547 during the streak (29-for-53), 9 doubles, 3 home runs, 10 RBI’s. His 9 intentional bases on balls leads MLB. He is batting .412 (42-for-102) at home.

* Votto and Jay Bruce have combined for 65 extra-base hits, a league-high for duo. Over in the American League, Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers have combined for 64 extra-base hits.

Joey Votto extended his hit streak to 15 games (megasportsnews.com file)

* Losing pitcher Sean Marshall had not given up a run in his last 10 relief appearances coming into Saturday’s game.

* Kristopher Negron had his first MLB plate appearance and he drew a walk.

* Todd Frazier knocked in the Reds only runs on a 101-mph fastball from Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

* Reds’ starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo had his 6th quality start in 12 this year. He has made 213 starts in the last 7 years, which is a tie for 2nd most in MLB in that time with Cleveland’s Derek Lowe.

* Arroyo has given up 11 homers on the year after two to the Tigers on Saturday.

* Arroyo’s 5th inning base bit off Verlander was the first by a pitcher off the Detroit ace since the Cardinals Adam Wainright did it in 2009.

* The Reds are 8-9 vs. Detroit.

* The Reds have been in first-place for 17 days.

* Since April 19, the Reds have the best MLB record at 28-18. The Dodgers are 2nd at 28-19, Tampa Bay is 27-19 and the Yankees are 26-19.

* Since April 19, the Reds have the 6th-best team ERA at 3.38. Leading the way is Tampa Bay at 2.89, Anaheim at 3.17, San Francisco at 3.22, the Dodgers at 3.24 and Washington at 3.33.

 

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TIGERS POSTGAME NOTES: Detroit 3, Cincinnati 2

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CINCINNATI, OHIO — With 42,443 fans in attendance at Great American Ball Park, the Detroit Tigers beat the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.

It was the 5th sellout of the season, 8th largest crowd in the history of GABP and the highest non-Opening Day attendance and non-playoff attendance in history.

Detroit ace Justin Verlander was tough on the Reds striking out 9, but they made him throw 127 pitches (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

* Detroit ace Justin Verlander threw 30 pitches in the 4th inning and 37 pitches in the 5th inning. He tied his shortest outing of the season, previous was 6.0 ( 3 times vs. Texas, at the Yankees and at Boston). His 127 pitches Saturday is the 2nd-highest of the season. Had 131 at Kansas City. Is 16-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 22 Interleague game starts.

* Verlander ended a personal 3-game losing streak with the no-decision.

* Verlander is 0-21 batting against National League teams.

* Verlander pitched in his 55th straight start of at least 6 innings.

* Prince Fielder homered in Great American Ball Park, a place he knows well from his days in Milwaukee. His 4th inning blast was his 23rd against the Reds and 12th at Great American Ball Park. It was also his 28th career Interleague home run.

* CF Austin Jackson made his first appearance since May 16. He had been out of action since May 17 recovering from an abdominal strain.

* Hernan Perez, just up from Class-A Advanced Lakeland, made his debut in the 8th inning and grounded out.

 

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Indians beat Verlander to sweep Tigers, 2-1

 

The Cleveland Indians believe in themselves, even if their fans and media don’t.

They just swept the Detroit Tigers, the hands-down choice to win the AL Central Division.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Justin Masterson outdueled Justin Verlander on Thursday afternoon to beat Detroit for the first time in his career, as the first-place Indians held off the Tigers, 2-1. Masterson, now 2-3 on the season, came into the game 0-4 against the Tigers.

The Indians lead the reeling Tigers by six games.

The Tigers have lost 6 of their last 8 games.

Detroit struggled during the series. They stranded 30 runners in the series and went just 3 of 28 (.107) with runners in scoring position. The Motown teams 3-4-5 hitters went 0-12 with runners at secord or third base. Those hitters are Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young.

Shin-Soo Choo homered on the third pitch of the game from Verlander, who falls to 5-2. The Tribe has won eight times in 10 games.

 

 

Tigers’ Verlander just misses third no-hitter; one-hits Pirates in 6-0 win

 

Justin Verlander (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Detroit Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander pitched a terrific game at Comerica Park on Friday night.

The 29-year-old righthander came within two outs of his third no-hitter, allowing only one hit, Josh Harrison’s ninth-inning single in a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Entering the ninth inning, Verlander had only thrown 95 pitches. He got ahead of Harrison with 1 out and a 1-2 breaking ball which was hit for a soft liner up the middle which shortstop Jhonny Peralta could not get to.

Verlander, now 5-1 on the season, threw the sixth career shutout, his 16th complete game and the 51st straight regular-season start where he pitched at least six innings.

The 29-year-old Virginia native, the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, has a career record of 112-58 with a 3.47 ERA and 1,283 strikeouts.

Verlander has two no-hitters in his career: June 12, 2007 against Milwaukee and May 7, 2011 vs. Toronto.

 

 

Info compiled from Detroit Tigers & Major League Baseball news

 

 

 

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