Vintage Verlander With Ace-Like Perfermance

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Justin Verlander dominated the Cleveland Indians as he allowed one run in eight innings in the Tigers' 5-1 win on Tuesday night.Verlander's performance was ace-like  as he gave up just four hits while striking out seven. It's the second straight start that he's allowed just one run, and it was also his first start of the season in which he hasn't issued a single walk. He hit 100 mph twice on the Progressive Field radar gun, but velocity wasn't his problem. Verlander was consistently locating his fastball, sinker, slider, and the changeup at 96-97mph. He is now 12-8 with a 3.74 ERA in 24 starts. He'll start again Sunday against the Yankees. 
 NEWS & NOTES
  • Howie Kendrick (knee) appears to have avoided a major injury to his left knee after an MRI did not reveal any structural damage. Kendrick is considered to be day-to-day with a sprained left knee. The Angels recalled newly acquired Grant Green was recalled to fill in.
  • James Shields forced Royals fans to shield their eyes as he was anything but ace-like on Tuesday night. Shields gave up seven runs in six innings. Shields fell victim to the long ball, as three of the eight hits he allowed were home runs. He walked two while striking out just three on the night.
  • Mike Napoli got back the results of an MRI that revealed his degenerative hip condition hasn’t gotten any worse. Napoli agreed to occasional tests when he signed his contract with the Red Sox. Napoli is batting .251 with 14 home runs and 64 RBI this year.
  • Bobby Parnell (neck) is hoping to avoid season ending surgery as he is dealing with a herniated disk in his neck. It does not sound good for Parnell right now as the neck is pushing on a nerve.
  • Angel Pagan (hamstring) is expected to return to the Giants at the beginning of September. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that he's unsure when Pagan will begin a rehab assignment, but his recovery from hamstring surgery has gone well to this point.
  • Omar Infante (ankle) began a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Toledo and went 1-for-5 with an infield single. The Tigers do not have a firm date at this point for his return to their lineup.
  • Domonic Brown was activated from the disabled list one day earlier than expected on Tuesday. Brown has been out of the lineup since July 23rd with a concussion.
  • Danny Duffy will make his season debut today as he is filling in for Wade Davis. In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Duffy has a 4.14 ERA in 63 innings over 14 games between Double-A and Triple-A Omaha. He could be a good streaming option in AL-Only leagues in the final weeks of the season.
  • Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and the Phillies had supposedly agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract, but now it is possible that Gonzalez may never sign with the Phillies. The reason is unknown, but there are reports that it could be Gonzalez's elbow. Stay tuned....