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Tigers Score Early, Beat Indians 4-0

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Justin Verlander #35  of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of their game on September 14, 2012 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of their game on September 14, 2012 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (WWJ/AP) - The Detroit Tigers came out swinging early to beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Friday night.

As heard on 97.1 The Tickets – Delmon Young started things off for the Tigers hitting a RBI single in the first to score Miguel Cabrera.

Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings and made sure Detroit stayed in step with first-place Chicago in the AL Central.

Coming through the way he almost always does, Verlander (14-8) allowed six hits. He escaped jams in the fifth and sixth innings with help from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera, big men best known for their powerful bats, who made stellar defensive plays.

The Tigers came in trailing the first-place White Sox by one game.

Detroit took a 4-0 lead after two innings against Corey Kluber (1-4)

The Indians, who were within 3 1-2 games of first when they rallied to beat Verlander on July 26, are 16-44 since the All-Star break.

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