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Justin Verlander shakes off All-Star drubbing with near-shutout

Jul 15, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

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Justin Verlander pitched three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings Sunday as the Tigers topped the Orioles 4-0.

It was Verlander’s first start since he gave up five runs in an inning in losing Tuesday’s All-Star Game for the American League.

Verlander struck out eight and walked two. He’s second in the AL with 136 strikeouts, four behind Felix Hernandez. Jose Valverde pitched the final inning today with Verlander at 117 pitches after eight.

Verlander was just 5-4 after 13 outings this season, but now he’s now reeled off five wins in six starts — even though he hasn’t lowered his ERA much in the process — he should be right back among the Cy Young leaders in the AL.

With the win today, Verlander is 7-0 lifetime in 10 career starts against the Orioles.

  1. ponsonbybritt - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    So even though it was 4-0, it’s a “near shutout”?

    OK.

    • Jeremy T - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      It doesn’t go in the stat book as a shutout for Verlander unless it’s a complete game

  2. artisan3m - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Interesting there is no mention (yet) of Matt Harrison’s complete game shutout in Seattle. The Rangers blanked the Mariners 4-0 and Harrison, who had a less that spectacular outing in the All-Star game also, picked up his 12th win. Justin deserved recognition for today’s outing ~ but so does Harrison for going the distance.

    • beefytrout - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      First thing I thought of… the 2 guys who gave up 8 combined runs in 2 IP in the ASG end up throwing 17 combined shutout innings in their next start after.

      • kpow55 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:34 AM

        Big difference between the NL all stars and the Orioles and the Mariners whom combined couldn’t scrape together 3 legitimate all stars if they had to.

  3. michiganhockey11 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Glad to see Ms. Upton didn’t get inside his head. Way to go JV.

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