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Verlander shaky again as Tigers lose top White Sox 7-4 Thursday afternoon

Detroit Tigers starter pitcher Justin Verlander throws to the Chicago White Sox during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan July 15, 2011. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Detroit Tigers starter pitcher Justin Verlander throws to the Chicago White Sox during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan July 15, 2011. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

No four-game sweep for the Tigers over the White Sox as Detroit lost 7-to-4 yesterday afternoon at Chicago. The White Sox salvaged the finale of the series by roughing up Justin Verlander for seven earned runs over six innings. Verlander is 1-and-3 with a 6.31 ERA in his past four outings. White Sox starter and winner Jake Peavy struck out seven over seven-plus innings of four-run ball. Torii Hunter, Brayan Pena and Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers, who had won four straight.

On Detroit’s injury front, there’s a lot to cover. Foremost, Miguel Cabrera missed his third straight game after leaving midway through Monday’s Chicago contest with a sore left hip. Cabrera is improving but still no word on when he’ll play again, although it could be tonight, they really just don’t know says Detroit Tiger manager Jim Leyland. Torri Hunter left last night’s game in the eighth inning with a sore left Achilles and is said to be day-to-day. And Detroit second baseman Omar Infante had a setback Thursday in his rehab game with the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps. Infante, who has been out since July Third with an injured ankle, had to leave early from the Whitecaps contest because of continued pain in the ankle. His return date, which they hoped was maybe going to be this weekend, is totally up in the air for now.

The Tiger’s loss yesterday leaves them with a 3-game Central Division lead over the idle second place Indians. Tonight, Detroit begins an 8-game home stand starting with a 3-game inter-league series against the Phillies.

The Chicago Cubs ended up splitting their 4 game series at Arizona, losing 3-to-1 to the Diamondbacks last night.                                                                           

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