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Tigers 7, Yankees 2: Verlander reminds New York who is king of Comerica

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August 6, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
August 6, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE


Final - 8.6.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 0
Detroit Tigers 0 1 0 1 3 2 0 0 X 7 13 2
WP: Justin Verlander (12 - 7)
LP: Ivan Nova (10 - 6)

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JV being JV. The Big Three being The Big Three. And a whole lot more.

Where do you start? Easy. Justin Verlander needed to be the ace on Monday, as manager Jim Leyland said during the postgame. He was the ace, going eight innings and striking out 14. He gave up two runs. He has no one to thank but himself for those runs, as the third out of the fifth inning hit him in the glove while he covered first base. He didn't hold onto it, and the Yankees went on to score a pair of two-out runs to tie the game.

Verlander at that point must have turned into The Incredible Hulk. VERLANDER MAD. Seven of his strikeouts came after those runs scored. Two of them were Ichiro alone, making three for the game. Curtis Granderson struck out three times as well.

Prince Fielder got the Tigers on the board first with a nice home run to right field. Miguel Cabrera put Detroit up 2-0 with a 454er to dead center that fell in the bushes.

What might be just as interesting is how the Tigers scored their five runs in the fifth and sixth innings: Singles night at Comerica Park! Detroit had five singles in the fifth. Some sloppy defense by the Yankees helped, too. In the sixth, four consecutive singles led to two more runs.

In all, it was a good team showing by the Detroiters. Now to do it two more times to keep the streak going during a difficult portion of the schedule.

Delmon Young, Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta, batting in the sixth through eighth spots in the order, each had two hits, a run and an RBI. Jose Valverde tossed a 1-2-3 ninth.

3 ROARS

Cabrera

Verlander

Fielder

3 HISSES

Eh, not today.

Game 108 POG

Cabrera edged Austin Jackson after a walkoff HR