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CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 9: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers walks off the field after striking out Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tigers won 3-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH – JUNE 9: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers walks off the field after striking out Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 9, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tigers won 3-2. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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The Detroit Tigers haven’t been swept in interleague play in eight seasons. Giving the ball to Justin Verlander could help them keep that streak alive.

Verlander looks to continue his mastery of NL foes as he takes the hill Sunday against the surging Pittsburgh Pirates.

Arguably no one in baseball has ever posted such eye-popping numbers against the opposite league as Verlander. The hard-throwing right-hander is 18-2 with a 2.67 ERA over 24 career interleague outings, compiling the highest winning percentage among pitchers with at least 10 starts.

Verlander (7-4, 2.57 ERA) has been especially sharp in his last eight matchups against the NL, going 7-0 with a 1.62 ERA while holding opponents to a .178 average.

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