Ace righty Dan Haren was narrowly bested by fellow All-Star Justin Verlander, but was ultimately taken down by homers hit by Marcus Thames and Magglio Ordonez. Jack Cust and Shannon Stewart continued their hot hitting, picking up RBI singles in the losing effort.
Home runs from Marcus Thames and American League MVP candidate Magglio Ordonez were just enough for the Tigers to get by the A's. Justin Verlander pitched well, allowing just two runs in six-plus innings in what was his best start since a tough stretch in July.
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