Justin Verlander earned the victory on Wednesday as the Tigers completed a sweep against the Indians, but his pitching line wasn't pretty. In five innings, he allowed five runs on 10 hits. His ERA sits at 3.66 after it was 1.55 just three starts ago. In those three starts, Verlander has allowed 16 runs on 22 hits in 12.2 innings. Verlander had to work hard for his fifth win of the year. He threw 110 pitches to get through five innings. He gave up 10 hits, including a home run, but the Tigers high power offense was led once again by Miguel Cabrera who went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, three RBIs, two runs, a walk and a double. Verlander will look to rebound in his next start on Monday at home against the Pirates.
Mike Trout, last season's American League Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up, became the youngest AL player to hit for the cycle and third youngest in the major leagues since 1930. Trout's eighth-inning solo shot culminated an evening that followed a single in the third, RBI triple in the fourth, and three-run double in the sixth. Trout drove in five runs, and he leads the team with 34 runs batted in. His slugging percentage (.558) leads the team as well. There is no doubt Trout will be in the mix once again this year for AL MVP, but will he be able to catch Miguel Cabrera?