It was the Magglio Ordonez and Justin Verlander show today. Justin Verlander gave up an early run in the first inning but held the Red Sox scoreless until he gave up a solo homerun to Kevin Youkilis in the eighth inning. And Magglio Ordonez gave the Tigers all of the offense they’d need with a three run homer in the third inning. Brandon Inge also went yard in the third inning with a solo shot and Gary Sheffield singled, drew a walk and scored twice in the 7-2 win.
Verlander struck out a season high seven batters in his third straight win. He didn’t give up a single free pass and he gave up just six hits in what was probably Verlander’s best start since he threw seven shutout innings back in early April.
Tomorrow, it’ll be the two back end starters going head to head with Mike Maroth taking on Julian Tavarez. Even in Tavarez’ one win, he didn’t look all that great so I like our chances in this one if Mike Maroth can hold the Red Sox in check.