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    Tigers 3, Blue Jays 1 wire reports

    DUNEDIN, Fla. -- In a matchup of American League aces, Justin Verlander was a little bit sharper than Roy Halladay.

    Verlander pitched two shutout innings and Curtis Granderson homered for the second consecutive day to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Friday.

    The 2006 AL Rookie of the Year, Verlander allowed one hit while throwing 19 of his 26 pitches for strikes.

    "He looked good with good command," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He'll possibly go three innings next time out if he has a couple of quick innings. All our pitchers threw well today."

    Verlander appears lined up to be Detroit's opening-day starter March 31 against Kansas City.

    "We haven't made a decision yet but it looks like he will be it," Leyland said.

    Halladay, the 2003 AL Cy Young Award winner, gave up one run and three hits with one strikeout in two innings. He threw 19 of his 27 pitches for strikes.

    "The first couple of times out are always difficult," Halladay said. "Overall, we accomplished what we wanted."

    Halladay is slated to pitch three innings Wednesday, pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said.

    Ryan Raburn went 3-for-3 with a double for Detroit and Placido Polanco added two hits. Granderson connected in the third off left-hander Scott Downs.

    Toronto scored in the fourth on Frank Thomas' double and an RBI single by Lyle Overbay.

    Blue Jays reliever Brian Wolfe, looking to secure a job in the bullpen, struck out the side in the seventh on 17 pitches, 12 for strikes.

    "I was pitching to contact," Wolfe said. "They fouled off some good pitches."

    Freddy Dolsi worked a scoreless ninth for the save.

    The Tigers host the Indians on Saturday with left-hander Dontrelle Willis facing Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia.

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    Detroit Tigers
    Curtis Granderson, CF3111000 .250
        Freddy Guzman, CF2000014 .000
    Placido Polanco, 2B3020000 .375
        Scott Sizemore, PR-2B2000020 .000
    Edgar Renteria, SS3000001 .143
        Michael Hollimon, SS2000010 .000
    Marcus Thames, DH3010011 .286
       a- Wilkin Ramirez, PH-DH2010010 .500
    Jacque Jones, LF3120012 .400
        Clete Thomas, LF2100001 .000
    Ryan Raburn, RF3030000 .500
        Matthew Joyce, RF10110001.000
    Brandon Inge, 3B2001101 .500
        Ramon Santiago, 3B1000000 .000
    Jeff Larish, 1B3000103 .000
    Max St. Pierre, C3010013 .333
        Nick Trzesniak, C10100001.000
    a-struck out for Thames in the 7th
    2B - Marcus Thames (2, Tallet), Ryan Raburn (1, Halladay), Matthew Joyce (1, Vermilyea)
    HR - Curtis Granderson (2, Downs)
    RBI - Curtis Granderson (3), Matthew Joyce (1), Brandon Inge (2)
    CS - Jacque Jones (1, 2nd base by Accardo/Zaun)
    Team LOB - 11
    DP - Larish
    E - Edgar Renteria (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Detroit Tigers
    Justin Verlander (W,1-0) 2100010 0.00
    Nate Robertson 2311010 4.50
    Rick Porcello (H,1) 2000010 0.00
    Francis Beltran (H,1) 2200300 0.00
    Freddy Dolsi (S,1) 1000020 0.00
    IBB - Inglett by Francis Beltran
    HBP - Eckstein (by Nate Robertson)
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 3-2, Nate Robertson 3-3, Rick Porcello 4-1, Francis Beltran 2-3
    Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 7, Nate Robertson 11, Rick Porcello 6, Francis Beltran 10, Freddy Dolsi 3
    Toronto Blue Jays
    David Eckstein, SS2000000 .000
        Joe Inglett, SS1000110 .250
    Alex Rios, RF3000002 .000
        Ryan Patterson, RF1000003 .000
    Vernon Wells, CF3000002 .000
        Buck Coats, CF1000003 .250
    Frank Thomas, DH3110010 .333
       a- Travis Snider, PH-DH0000100 .000
    Scott Rolen, 3B2010010 .500
        Russ Adams, 3B2000001 .000
    Matt Stairs, LF2010012 .500
        Matt Watson, LF1000000 .000
       b- Wayne Lydon, PH-LF1010000 .500
    Lyle Overbay, 1B3021001 .667
        Chip Cannon, PR-1B1000002 .000
    Aaron Hill, 2B2000002 .000
        Pedro Lopez, 2B0000100 .000
       c- Sergio Santos, PH1000010 .000
    Gregg Zaun, C2000003 .000
        Sal Fasano, C1000000 .000
        Brian Jeroloman, C1000000 .000
    a-walked for Thomas in the 8th
    b-singled for Watson in the 8th
    c-struck out for Lopez in the 9th
    2B - Frank Thomas (1, Robertson), Lyle Overbay (1, Beltran)
    RBI - Lyle Overbay (1)
    Team LOB - 9
    Outfield Assists - Ryan Patterson 1
    DP - Lopez-Overbay
    E - Russ Adams (1, Misplayed grounder), Pedro Lopez (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    Roy Halladay (L,0-1) 2311010 4.50
    Scott Downs 1111001 9.00
    Jeremy Accardo 1200110 0.00
    Brian Tallet 1200010 0.00
    Brandon League 1200010 0.00
    Brian Wolfe 1000030 0.00
    Jamie Vermilyea 1210100 0.00
    Kane Davis 1100010 0.00
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 4-1, Scott Downs 2-1, Brandon League 2-0, Jamie Vermilyea 3-0
    Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 9, Scott Downs 4, Jeremy Accardo 5, Brian Tallet 5, Brandon League 5, Brian Wolfe 3, Jamie Vermilyea 6, Kane Davis 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5376
    Game Time - 2:30
    Temperature - 60
    Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Kevin Causey, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn