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MLB – Tigers Edge Rays
Justin Verlander outdueled Chris Archer, as the Detroit Tigers edged the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 yesterday. Verlander retired the first 14 batters he faced, before giving up a solo home run to Asdrubel Cabrera in the bottom of the fifth. He wound up scattering four hits over eight innings, and earned his first victory of the season. Archer retired the first 19 Tigers batters, before giving up a single to Jose Iglesias in the seventh. Cabrera then booted an easy double-play ball that would have ended the inning. J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos followed with RBI singles to break Detroit’s three-game losing streak.
The Tigers open a series at Baltimore tonight. Alfredo Simon will start against Miguel Gonzalez. Hear the first pitch at 7:05 on AM 1400 and FM 99.3 WCCY.
Despite the win, and the vintage performance by Verlander, the Tigers have announced that they’re willing to trade some of their veteran free agents to stronger contenders. The non-waiver trade deadline is tomorrow. David Price and Yoenis Cespedes are expected to attract immediate interest. Joakim Soria, Rajai Davis and Alex Avila will also be free agents at the end of the season. Detroit is in fourth place in the American League Central, 12.5 games behind the Royals. The Tigers are 3.5 games back chase for the final wild card playoff position, but have five teams ahead of them.
The Milwaukee offense struggled again, as the Brewers fell to the San Francisco Giants 5-0 yesterday. Mike Fiers pitched shutout ball through six innings, but left after giving up a run in the seventh. The Giants went on to score all five of their runs in that inning, victimizing relievers Will Smith and Jonathan Broxton.
The Brewers return home to open a series against the Cubs tonight. Jimmy Nelson will pitch against Jake Arrieta.
There were reports yesterday that the Brewers had traded center fielder Carlos Gomez to the Mets. The deal fell apart at the last minute.