LAKELAND, Fla. (WWJ/AP) – Justin Verlander threw for 6 innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 in split squad play on Sunday.
Verlander gave up two runs and had three strikeouts and no walks in six solid innings in his next-to-last start of spring training.
The 2011 AL Cy Young winner and MVP, allowed four hits – and two runs – to the first five Phillies, then retired 15 of the next 18 batters, allowing just three infield singles after the first inning.
Hunter Pence singled home a run for the Phillies in the first, then scored on an RBI double by Ty Wigginton.
Scott Elarton, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008 and was out of baseball completely in 2011, started for the Phillies allowing two hits and one run in four innings. Elarton, a non-roster invitee, is competing for a spot in the Phillies’ bullpen.
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