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Boesch Extends Shaky Hitting Streak To 9

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(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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.

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