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Verlander gives up two hits as Tigers increase AL Central lead

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- The Kansas City Royals can't seem to figure out Justin Verlander.

Verlander allowed two hits over seven innings and Placido Polanco drove in three runs to help the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 6-0 Saturday night.

"He continues to make progress," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Verlander. "That doesn't mean you're going to pitch good every time out. He's a young guy that's done a very nice job for us."

Ivan Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Detroit, which owns the majors' best record at 62-29. The Tigers moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central and improved to 11-0 against Kansas City this season.

Verlander (11-4) walked two and struck out six. He retired 11 consecutive batters from the third to the seventh innings, before Matt Stairs reached base on catcher's interference with one out in the seventh.

In his only other start against the Royals this season, Verlander struck out seven and walked one in a five-hit shutout on May 22.

"He didn't look any different than he did in May," Royals manager Buddy Bell said.

Kansas City put two runners on against Verlander in the second and seventh but he retired Esteban German to get out of both innings. German grounded into an inning-ending double play in the second and grounded out in the seventh.

"That was big. It was first and third and it would have given them a run (in the seventh)and maybe some momentum so it was a big inning for us," Verlander said. "To be able to get through that put us into the eighth inning up six. I was pretty excited about that."

Jamie Walker relieved Verlander and pitched two innings to complete the three-hitter.

Jimmy Gobble (3-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings for Kansas City. He struck out six and walked two.

"They're a good-hitting team," Gobble said. "I was just trying to minimize the damage as much as possible."

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the second on Brandon Inge's two-out RBI double. It scored Omar Infante, who had led off with a single and moved to second on a walk.

Marcus Thames singled in a run in the third and Polanco's two-run double in the fourth made it 4-0. Polanco's drive into the left-center field gap scored Chris Shelton, who led off with a single, and Inge, who walked.

Detroit added two more in the sixth on Polanco's sacrifice fly and Rodriguez's RBI single.

Notes

  • Detroit SS Carlos Guillen wasn't in the lineup because he's "a little banged up," according to Leyland. With the team having an off day on Monday, Leyland is giving Guillen two-of-three days off.
  • Kansas City SS Tony Graffanino was 1-for-3 to stretch his hitting streak to nine games (14-for-33).
  • The game featured a Negro League tribute, with Detroit wearing the jerseys of the Detroit Stars and Kansas City donning those of the Kansas City Monarchs.
  • The game was played before an announced sellout crowd of 40,210.
 
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Ivan Rodriguez gets a new uniform to go along with his 3-for-4 performance on Saturday.  (AP)
Ivan Rodriguez gets a new uniform to go along with his 3-for-4 performance on Saturday. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

J. Verlander
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
Joey Gathright, CF4000020 .204
Tony Graffanino, SS3010100 .278
David DeJesus, LF4000012 .298
Reggie Sanders, DH4000011 .244
Matt Stairs, 1B2000010 .270
   a- Paul Phillips, PH10100001.000
Emil Brown, RF4010012 .281
Mark Teahen, 3B2000110 .269
Esteban German, 2B3000003 .328
John Buck, C3000010 .241
Totals30030288 
a-doubled for Stairs in the 9th
Batting
2B - Paul Phillips (1, Walker), Emil Brown (22, Verlander)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Graffanino-German-Stairs
Kansas City Royals
Jimmy Gobble (L,3-3) 5844260 4.58
Andrew Sisco 1122200 7.51
Joel Peralta 1100010 4.30
Mike MacDougal 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jimmy Gobble 95-61, Andrew Sisco 26-15, Joel Peralta 18-13, Mike MacDougal 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jimmy Gobble 2-7, Andrew Sisco 1-2, Joel Peralta 1-1, Mike MacDougal 1-0
Batters Faced - Jimmy Gobble 25, Andrew Sisco 6, Joel Peralta 4, Mike MacDougal 3
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3010012 .278
Placido Polanco, 2B4013001 .280
Ivan Rodriguez, C4131001 .312
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010013 .308
Omar Infante, SS4120012 .263
Marcus Thames, LF3011001 .297
   a- Alexis Gomez, PH-LF1000011 .282
Craig Monroe, DH4000034 .249
Chris Shelton, 1B2210201 .284
Brandon Inge, 3B2211210 .228
Totals3161164816 
a-struck out for Thames in the 7th
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (16, Gobble), Ivan Rodriguez (17, Gobble), Brandon Inge (17, Gobble)
SF - Placido Polanco (2)
SH - Curtis Granderson 2 (6)
RBI - Placido Polanco 3 (35), Ivan Rodriguez (41), Marcus Thames (38), Brandon Inge (50)
2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (19), Marcus Thames (12), Brandon Inge (16)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Infante-Shelton
E - Omar Infante (1, Misplayed grounder), Ivan Rodriguez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (W,11-4) 7200260 2.83
Jamie Walker 2100020 1.04
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 101-64, Jamie Walker 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 10-5
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 26, Jamie Walker 7
Game Information
Attendance - 40210
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom