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Verlander dominates on mound, laughs at plate as Tigers win

Another start, another win for Justin Verlander
Another start, another win for Justin Verlander

Final - 6.19.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 1 2 1 0 0 3 0 2 9 13 1
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
WP: Justin Verlander (9 - 3)
LP: Aaron Cook (0 - 2)

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1 ER, 9 IP: Justin Verlander narrowly missed the complete-game shutout, allowing only a home run to Ty Wiggington.


When manager Jim Leyland wrote Justin Verlander's name on the starting pitcher line.


"Wizard" Don Kelly hit a triple!


Here's what I like about Justin Verlander: On the mound, he's as serious as can be. A real bulldog of a pitcher. He's going to give his team a chance to win pretty much every time he's on the mound. But when he's not standing on the rubber? He looks like he's having the time of his life. Today for instance. Trying for his first major league hit, he nearly had his first major league hit by pitch instead when a ball came up and in. What did he do? Laughed about it, and looked back to the dugout to enjoy the laugh with the rest of the team. After he flew out to right field, he still had a smile on his face as he came back to the dugout. When Verlander's having fun, you can't help but have fun along with him. But if you're the opposing team, it's not going to be too much fun to stand at the plate.

As for what Verlander did on the mound: another dominating performance: four hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. This makes five consecutive starts that he converted into wins. His last loss came in April, fittingly enough.

By the way: Verlander went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts today. Detroit only has one more interleague series on the road, and that is Monday-Wednesday at the Dodgers, so it looks like another season without a hit for J.V. He is now 0-for-20 in his career. Good thing that pitching thing worked out.

Interesting stat: Detroit may have won just one of three games in Denver, but the number of runs scored and runs allowed was equal at 19 for the series.

Nice to see Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera take advantage of some of that thin air at last, as they had back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to pile on a bit.

Also nice to see Alex Avila batting fifth when Victor Martinez had the day off.

And interestingly, Magglio Ordonez had another day off. He made just one start in Colorado. Matthew B Mowery has a blog post featuring Jim Leyland's rant about lineups, by the way.

Looks like all the key teams in the division won today, so no changes in tomorrow's standings.