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Tigers Fall to Baltimore - Verlander Critiques Outing

Apr 7th, 2014 - Sports News

DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander was on the mound, giving the Detroit Tigers a good shot at keeping the distinction of being baseball's only undefeated team.

Chris Tillman, though, outpitched Verlander while working into the ninth inning to help the Baltimore Orioles beat Detroit 3-1 Sunday to avoid getting swept.

Verlander (0-1) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks over eight innings. He struck out three, moving past Tommy Bridges and into fourth place on the franchise's all-time list with 1,674 in his career, but isn't pleased with that facet of his game after fanning just two in his first start.

"You get a feel for strikeouts and my feel for those isn't there yet," Verlander said. "I'm not executing as well as I should or maybe over-trying a little bit with two strikes and hanging stuff."

Verlander trails Mickey Lolich (2,679), Jack Morris (1,980) and Hal Newhouser (1,770) in the franchise's record books.

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