So many things have gone right for the Tigers so far this year, that it is hard to figure out what to get most excited about each night. In tonight’s 7-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, the amazing Chris Shelton went 3 for 4 including two triples to raise his season numbers to: .700/.727/1,750. Curtis Granderson got two hits including his second home run of the season and Ordonez added two singles as the red hot Tiger offense continued to pile up runs.
But the big story tonight was Justin Verlander who pitched 7 innings allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. Verlander had all his pitches working tonight – 98 MPH fastball, brilliant curve and solid change-up – and all were thrown with excellent control. Tonight, he looked like everything he has been built up to be. It was quite an exciting performance, the kind of game that makes you believe that the 5-0 Tigers could possibly be for real.
Minor League Notes
Highly touted 19 year old Cameron Maybin had two doubles and is now 4 for 9 in his first two professional games. His performance helped Western Michigan beat
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Virgil Vazquez pitched 6 innings of 1 run 3 hit ball as
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