–LF Brennan Boesch had to come out of the game after batting in the third inning, suffering a bruised right knee when he fouled a ball off himself just before grounding out to the pitcher. Boesch limped down to first as he was being thrown out, then was replaced in left by rookie LF Andy Dirks. Boesch was 0-for-2, which ended his career-best-equaling 10-game hitting streak. He is officially day-to-day but may have a problem playing a day game after a night contest. “Hopefully he’ll be OK, but I’m not really sure about (Wednesday),” manager Jim Leyland said.

–RHP Justin Verlander allowed one run — which turned out to be one run too many in a 1-0 loss to the Angels. Verlander’s nine-game winning streak, including his last seven starts in a row, came to an end even though he allowed just one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. He was ejected as he left the game, lip-readers noting the kindest thing he said to the first and third base umpires was “horrible.” His fastball reached 100 mph while he was working out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the fifth, and he went to his slider over his curve as the breaking ball of choice.

–DH Miguel Cabrera got a break from fielding — about the closest he’ll come to a day off — by serving as Detroit’s designated hitter. Cabrera will start at first base Wednesday afternoon, as the move was manager Jim Leyland’s way of keeping Cabrera’s bat in the lineup while giving his legs a bit of a break. Cabrera went 0-for-3.

–CF Austin Jackson had one of Detroit’s two hits, a triple, but it was a two-out hit and he was stranded. Jackson is 1-for-11 in his past four games.

–RF Magglio Ordonez is scheduled to sit out Wednesday afternoon’s game, although there’s a chance that could change if LF Brennan Boesch can’t play because of a knee injury. “Andy Dirks is going to play; Magglio will be off,” manager Jim Leyland said after Detroit’s second straight loss at Los Angeles. Although he went 0-for-4 against RHP Dan Haren, Ordonez has been hitting well lately, and Leyland wants him rested so he can keep hitting.

–3B Brandon Inge did not play Tuesday night. There’s the rest factor, with a day game Wednesday coming up, but equally important was the opposing pitcher. Inge was 4-for-13 lifetime with five strikeouts against RHP Dan Haren. Manager Jim Leyland said he Inge would start the day game.

7 — Triples this season by CF Austin Jackson. His triple at Anaheim tied him for the league lead.

“He didn’t look scared. He looked like he belonged in the middle of the mound, in the middle of the field, to me. It didn’t look like it bothered him one bit. I was impressed with that. I thought his demeanor was pretty good. I thought he handled it good.” — Manager Jim Leyland’s next-day reflection on the first major league start of LHP Charlie Furbush, who allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday. Furbush never allowed more than one runner at a time.

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