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Verlander flirts with another no-hitter, Tigers wrap up before All Star break with 5-0 win over Rangers

Detroit Tigers RHP Justin Verlander pitches to Houston Astros 1B Carlos Peña during a MLB game at Minute Maid Park on May 5, 2013. Peña's seventh-inning single broke up Verlander's no-hit bid, but the Detroit pitcher allowed just two hits over seven inning in a 9-0 victory over the Astros. (photo courtesy Detroit Tigers)
Detroit Tigers RHP Justin Verlander pitches to Houston Astros 1B Carlos Peña during a MLB game at Minute Maid Park on May 5, 2013. Peña's seventh-inning single broke up Verlander's no-hit bid, but the Detroit pitcher allowed just two hits over seven inning in a 9-0 victory over the Astros. (photo courtesy Detroit Tigers)

The Tigers blanked the Rangers 5-to-0 yesterday afternoon as Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning leading Detroit to the win in the rubber match of the 3-game series at Comerica Park. Verlander ended up allowing just one hit and three walks and kept Texas in check even though he only recorded three strikeouts. Mitch Moreland doubled with two outs in the seventh to break up the no-hit bid. The Tigers said when Verlander finished up the seventh, he left with a tight right quad muscle. It was labeled a minor injury and he’s expected to make his next scheduled start.

Torii Hunter homered in the first and Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back solo shots in the fourth for the Tigers, who enter the All-Star break atop the American League Central at             52-and-42 with a game-and-a-half lead over the second place Indians. Verlander was selected for the American League All-Star team but was replaced for tomorrow night’s event in New York even though he’ll be at Citi Field for the festivities.

And former Detroit pitcher Jeremy Bonderman is back in the organization after being signed to a Triple-A contract. He’ll join Toledo later this week. Bonderman, who played 8 years with the Tigers, was recently designated for assignment by Seattle after a 1-and-3 mark in seven starts this season.

The White Sox lost 4-to-3 in ten innings yesterday at Philadelphia while the Cubs fell 10-to-6 last night to the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.                                                                

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