Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the 7th inning today against the Texas Rangers, but a double by Mitch Moreland ended any thoughts of Verlander picking up his third career no-no.
Verlander was able to work through the Rangers' lineup twice without allowing a hit despite not having very good command of his fastball. At one point in the sixth inning, Fox Sports Detroit showed a graphic detailing Verlander's pitch selection. Normally, Verlander throws his fastball almost 60% of the time. Today, he was having trouble commanding it and only threw the heater 33% of the time.
The Tigers offense backed Verlander to a 5-0 lead thanks in part to solo home runs from Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez, and Jhonny Peralta.
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