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Boesch extends shaky hitting streak to 9

The Sports Xchange

--RF Brennan Boesch crushed a line drive home run to right to extend his hitting streak to nine games. But only once in that streak has Boesch gotten more than one hit. Boesch got a 0-1 fastball and lined it over the right field wall for his fourth home run of the season, tying the score at 2-2 in the eighth.

--RHP Justin Verlander stayed true to his tradition Wednesday, the 123rd and last pitch he threw was also his hardest at 100 mph. Verlander allowed baserunners in every inning but two. Walking the first batter he faced led to a run on a two-out RBI double to center by 1B Eric Hosmer. The other run Kansas City scored off Verlander came on a groundout to short after a single and hit batter opened the sixth, with the runners moving up on a groundout to first. Verlander's wild pickoff throw to first in the eighth put a runner at third with one out but he fanned the next two batters, getting Hosmer on his only triple-digit fastball of the game. During the past three seasons, Verlander has learned to open the game throwing his fastball in the low 90s, ratcheting his velocity up as he needs to.

"The one pitch I kick myself for is the ball in the first (two-out RBI double)," Verlander said. "That was a horrible pitch."

--RHP Joaquin Benoit took his first loss of the season Wednesday, on an infield single to short. Benoit entered in the ninth and gave up a one-out double followed by a groundout to second that got the runner to third. 2B Chris Getz won a prolonged battle with Benoit by leaning out and grounding a ball in the hole to short that SS Jhonny Peralta could only barely make a late play on as the go-ahead run crossed the plate. Benoit has been scored upon in five of his 11 appearances this season including four of his last five.

--DH Brad Eldred made a nice adjustment to get a double Wednesday. The minor league sensation has seen mostly breaking balls and changeups since getting two hits in his first game back in the Majors last week. Two of the first three pitches he saw in the seventh, when he batted with a man on first and two out, were offspeed and he anticipated the fourth -- a high inside breaking ball -- and shot it into left center for a double. He walked with a man on second and two out in the fifth. Eldred was dropped to eighth in the batting order and had been hitless in three games since his first for Detroit after being brought up from the minors, where he had 13 home runs in 20 games.

--OF Andy Dirks was held out of Wednesday's starting lineup after experiencing left hamstring tightness the night before. He was removed in the fourth inning Tuesday when the leg tightened up on him as he legged out a double. Dirks returned to action only a week ago after missing eight games with the same injury. He felt well enough to pinch-hit Wednesday, grounding into a double play to end the game. "He worked out before the game and said he was fine to go," manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't think he's 100 percent, though."

1,600 -- Winning games managed by Jim Leyland in the Major Leagues after Detroit defeated Kansas City, 9-3, Tuesday night. That puts him 17th on the all-time list of games won by managers.

"I didn't hit it hard enough." -- 1B Prince Fielder, who flied out three times to left field Wednesday, one reaching the warning track, in Detroit's 3-2 loss to Kansas City.

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