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    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Tagged for a home run on his third pitch of the game, Justin Verlander quickly reverted to form.

    The AL MVP and Cy Young winner struck out eight in 3 2-3 innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Thursday.

    Verlander gave up one run and three hits, including the homer by Endy Chavez. He faced 14 batters and has an 0.93 ERA this spring.

    "I was starting to fall behind in the first," Verlander said. "I am still trying to get my arm stretched out and find some consistency, but I am throwing a lot of off-speed stuff right now. Opening day is right in the back of my mind."

    Verlander picked up plenty of hardware and sat through plenty of awards dinners during the offseason, but said once he reported to Lakeland, he put it all behind him.

    Verlander went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA last season.

    "I can't look at last year's numbers at all," Verlander said. "All I need to do is keep trying to get better. I have turned the page from last year and I can't pay attention to the numbers from last year."

    Brian Matusz had his second straight solid outing for Baltimore, striking out six in four scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and walked none.

    Matusz went 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA in 12 starts for the Orioles last season. He said he is being cautious, but feels he is ready to get back to Baltimore after spending time in the minor leagues last season.

    In his previous exhibition start, he threw four shutout innings against the Phillies.

    "I had a good outing last time out," Matusz said. "It's always important to come back with a solid outing after a good one. It felt good and I was just trying to have fun. Every game has been a confidence booster for me."

    Leyland liked what he saw from Matusz.

    "He was very impressive," Leyland said. "That's the best I have seen him."

    The Orioles badly need starting pitching. They have only two returning starters from last season that won win at least 10 games - Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton. Britton hasn't pitched yet this spring because of shoulder soreness.

    Chavez had two hits for Baltimore.

    The Tigers scored three in the sixth to take the lead. Danny Worth had two hits and an RBI for Detroit, and raised his spring average to .455.

    NOTES: Tigers owner Mike Illitch spent his second day with the team and took over manager Jim Leyland's office to meet with the media. He said he is especially impressed by free agent pickup Prince Fielder who hit a long home run on Wednesday. "I'd seen it go out," Illitch said, "and I thought, `Oh geez, that's worth $214 million."' ... Detroit 3B Miguel Cabrera took a shot off his left wrist trying to field a liner from Austin Jackson in batting practice, but he played and singled in his first at-bat. ... The Tigers will pitch RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Luis Marte, RHP Jose Ortega, RHP Octavio Dotel and LHP Darin Downs against the Mets on Friday. New York will start LHP Johan Santana. ... Orioles RF Nick Markakis, who hadn't played all spring because of offseason abdominal, got a day off after going 0 for 2 in his spring debut. He won't play again until at least Saturday. .. RHP Chris Tillman, LHP Dana Eveland and LHP Zach Phillips will pitch at Fort Myers against the Twins on Friday. RHP Nick Blackburn will start for the Twins.

     
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    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Endy Chavez, CF3221011 .421
        Joe Mahoney, 1B1000010 .143
    Nolan Reimold, LF4000032 .167
        John Ruettiger, CF0000000 .000
    Nick Johnson, DH3010011 .222
       a- Travis Adair, PH-DH0000100 .000
    Chris Davis, 1B3011021 .227
        Steve Tolleson, SS1000000 .308
    Wilson Betemit, 3B3000022 .095
        Scott Beerer, RF1000001 .353
    Ronny Paulino, C3000011 .125
        Trent Mummey, CF-LF1000001 .000
    Ryan Flaherty, SS-3B2000110 .273
    Jai Miller, RF3000020 .280
        John Hester, C0000000 .000
    Matt Antonelli, 2B3010000 .286
        Blake Davis, 2B0000000 .000
    Totals31252214  
    a-walked for N. Johnson in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Nick Johnson (2, Verlander), Chris Davis (1, Balester)
    HR - Endy Chavez (1, Verlander)
    RBI - Endy Chavez (3), Chris Davis (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis (1)
    SB - Endy Chavez (1, 2nd base off Balester/Laird), Matt Antonelli (1, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila)
    CS - Ryan Flaherty (1, 3rd base by Verlander/Avila)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Endy Chavez 1
    DP - Flaherty-Davis
    E - Chris Davis 2 (4, Missed catch of throw)
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Brian Matusz 4200060 2.70
    Pat Neshek (H,1) 1200010 0.00
    Miguel Socolovich (H,3; L,1-1) 0.1232100 5.06
    Jon Link (BS,1) 1.2311010 1.59
    Oliver Drake 1000000 6.75
    HBP - Peralta (by Brian Matusz)
    WP - Miguel Socolovich (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 27-26, Pat Neshek 6-6, Miguel Socolovich 7-3, Jon Link 15-12, Oliver Drake 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 5-1, Miguel Socolovich 1-0, Jon Link 2-3, Oliver Drake 2-1
    Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 15, Pat Neshek 4, Miguel Socolovich 4, Jon Link 9, Oliver Drake 3
    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Austin Jackson, CF3000021 .261
        Quintin Berry, CF1000010 .412
    Brennan Boesch, RF3000001 .217
        Eric Patterson, RF1110000 .353
    Miguel Cabrera, 3B2010000 .360
        Danny Worth, 3B2121000 .455
    Prince Fielder, 1B2000011 .292
        Don Kelly, 1B2110001 .368
    Delmon Young, DH2010010 .455
       a- Jerad Head, PH-DH1100101 .091
    Alex Avila, C2000021 .250
        Gerald Laird, C1012000 .176
        Bryan Holaday, C1000000 .000
    Jhonny Peralta, SS1010000 .350
        Audy Ciriaco, SS2000000 .273
    Ryan Raburn, 2B2010001 .471
        Argenis Diaz, PR-2B2000002 .200
    Andy Dirks, LF3000013 .348
    Totals3349318  
    a-walked for Young in the 6th
    Batting
    2B - Ryan Raburn (2, Neshek)
    3B - Eric Patterson (1, Link)
    RBI - Danny Worth (3), Gerald Laird 2 (4)
    SB - Danny Worth (1, 2nd base off Link/Hester)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    E - Prince Fielder (2, Missed catch of throw)
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Justin Verlander 3.2311181 0.93
    Collin Balester (W,1-0) 2.1211020 1.29
    Jose Valverde (H,4) 1000030 3.60
    Joaquin Benoit (H,2) 1000010 2.25
    Tyler Stohr (S,1) 1000100 3.86
    Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 37-30, Collin Balester 14-13, Jose Valverde 9-9, Joaquin Benoit 5-5, Tyler Stohr 7-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 2-0, Collin Balester 2-3, Tyler Stohr 1-2
    Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 14, Collin Balester 9, Jose Valverde 3, Joaquin Benoit 3, Tyler Stohr 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 8069
    Game Time - 2:41
    Temperature - 78
    Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Mark Wegner