“I have work to do on my slider,” Verlander said. “My slider has been about 50-50.
Tigers reliever Joe Nathan was roughed up for six runs while getting just two outs. He gave up five hits and walked one.
Mike Aviles hit a two-run double in the second when the Indians scored four runs off Verlander (5-3), who didn’t settle in until the damage was already done.
Should Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander take to the mound on Opening Day?
CC Sabathia pitched seven scoreless innings and Jayson Nix homered off Justin Verlander in the three-run second, lifting the New York Yankees to a 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia didn’t meet in last year’s postseason, and they had differing results when they took the mound in the AL championship series.
Verlander allowed three homers and four runs while pitching into the sixth inning Thursday of the Tigers’ 7-2 loss to the Houston Astros.
Jonathon Niese took another step toward earning an opening day start if Johan Santana is not ready, allowing one hit in 4 2-3 innings and leading the New York Mets to an 11-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday.
So what do you think metro Detroit, is she lying to appear more available to fans — or has Verlander struck out?
“That’s a loaded question there,” Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander said.