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    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - After giving up four hits and two runs to the first five batters he faced, Justin Verlander made an adjustment.

    What a difference a little bend makes.

    Verlander retired 15 of his final 18 batters after talking to pitching coach Jeff Jones and the Detroit Tigers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Sunday in a game between split squads.

    "I left some pitches up," Verlander said of the first inning. "I started working in the second and third getting my chest over my body a little bit and that seemed to help. I got away from that a little bit in the first and I felt it."

    Verlander retired 12 in a row at one stretch and allowed just three infield singles after the first.

    "One of his big keys is to make sure he stays a little bit bent at the waist," Jones said. "He was kind of staying upright a little too much (in the first). But, he's very good at making adjustments on his own."

    For the day, Verlander gave up seven hits and two runs with three strikeouts and no walks in six innings. In five spring starts, Verlander is 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA.

    His final spring start will be on March 31 against the Atlanta Braves, when he expects to throw around 100 pitches. He is scheduled to start the Tigers' season opener against Boston's Jon Lester in Detroit on April 5.

    Philadelphia's Scott Elarton limited Detroit to two hits and one run in four innings. The 36-year-old Elarton, who pitched for four major league teams from 1998-2008, is a non-roster invitee competing for a bullpen spot. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008 and was out of baseball completely in 2011.

    "I'm glad that one's over," Elarton said. "I'll take the results but it was a struggle from the beginning. I struggled with just about everything but was able to battle through it and get some guys out."

    Elarton said he's not sure what's going to happen in his comeback attempt, adding, "I guess I'm past the point of worrying about that stuff. You think about it, but whatever they tell me, I'll live with it or be happy with it, one of the two."

    Detroit's lone run off Elarton came in the first on a triple by Brennan Boesch and a sacrifice fly by Prince Fielder.

    Detroit minor leaguer Tyler Collins broke a 2-all tie in the seventh with a three-run homer and minor leaguer James McCann added a solo homer in the eighth.

    Cody Overbeck homered with two outs in the ninth for the Phillies.

    NOTES: With Sunday's game being a split-squad game for both teams, neither manager was at Lakeland. Detroit's Jim Leyland went to Tampa for the Tigers' game with the Yankees, and Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel stayed in Clearwater for the Phillies' game against Baltimore.

     
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    Philadelphia Phillies
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Juan Pierre, LF4020000 .295
    Scott Podsednik, RF4000003 .333
    Shane Victorino, CF3120000 .286
        Peter Lavin, CF1000010 .000
    Hunter Pence, DH3111001 .283
       a- Derrick Mitchell, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Ty Wigginton, 3B3011010 .250
        Carlos Perdomo, 3B1000000 .000
    Laynce Nix, 1B3000021 .206
        Cody Overbeck, 1B1111000 .333
    Brian Schneider, C2000010 .200
        Tuffy Gosewisch, C2010000 .263
    Pete Orr, 2B3000011 .275
    Miguel Abreu, SS3010001 .333
    Totals3439306  
    a-grounded out for Pence in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Shane Victorino (4, Verlander), Ty Wigginton (4, Verlander), Tuffy Gosewisch (2, Coke)
    HR - Cody Overbeck (1, Bootcheck)
    RBI - Hunter Pence (7), Ty Wigginton (5), Cody Overbeck (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence (4), Ty Wigginton (1), Cody Overbeck (1)
    SB - Shane Victorino (3, 3rd base off Verlander/Laird)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    DP - Abreu-Orr-Nix
    Philadelphia Phillies
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Scott Elarton 4211400 5.02
    David Herndon (BS,2) 2111100 3.27
    Joe Savery (L,1-1) 1333111 4.26
    Michael Stutes 1111001 5.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 30-14, David Herndon 11-7, Joe Savery 16-9, Michael Stutes 4-4
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 6-5, David Herndon 4-2, Joe Savery 1-1, Michael Stutes 3-0
    Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 17, David Herndon 8, Joe Savery 7, Michael Stutes 4
    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Andy Dirks, CF3100100 .371
        Chad Wright, LF0000000 .000
    Brennan Boesch, RF3120000 .244
        Tyler Collins, RF11130001.000
    Jhonny Peralta, DH2000101 .237
       a- Corey Jones, PH-DH1010000 .500
    Prince Fielder, 1B1001100 .308
        Rawley Bishop, PR-1B1000001 .000
    Ryan Raburn, 2B2000101 .353
        Brent Dlugach, PR-2B1100001 .000
    Don Kelly, 3B3011100 .350
        Edgar Corcino, 3B0000000 .000
    Daniel Fields, LF-CF3000104 .167
    Gerald Laird, C3110001 .259
        James McCann, C1111000 .667
    Argenis Diaz, SS4000011 .222
    Totals2967661  
    a-singled for Peralta in the 7th
    Batting
    3B - Brennan Boesch (1, Elarton), Don Kelly (1, Herndon)
    HR - Tyler Collins (1, Savery), James McCann (1, Stutes)
    SF - Prince Fielder (1)
    RBI - Tyler Collins 3 (3), Prince Fielder (7), Don Kelly (3), James McCann (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Don Kelly (3), James McCann (1)
    SB - Daniel Fields (1, 2nd base off Elarton/Schneider)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Laird-Diaz-Fielder, Diaz-Raburn-Fielder
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Justin Verlander 6722030 2.18
    Phil Coke (W,1-0) 1100020 1.80
    Jose Valverde (H,5) 1000010 2.25
    Chris Bootcheck 1111001 1.29
    Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 30-30, Phil Coke 8-8, Jose Valverde 5-5, Chris Bootcheck 7-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 5-8, Chris Bootcheck 1-2
    Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 23, Phil Coke 4, Jose Valverde 3, Chris Bootcheck 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6637
    Game Time - 2:23
    Temperature - 78
    Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - UMP Nonindividual