Justin Verlander reacts after giving up a home run to Alex Rodriguez in the seventh. (AP)
By Jared Diamond / MLB.com
Justin Verlander allowed three hits through the first six innings and appeared on his way to a shutout when Alex Rodriguez hit a drive in the seventh that barely cleared the right-field wall. Verlander allowed one more run, and the Tigers were held to just a Marcus Thames homer in the eighth.
BATTING 2B: Polanco (21, Sabathia), Ordonez (11, Sabathia). HR: Thames, M (10, 8th inning off Aceves, A, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Polanco 2; Cabrera, M; Laird; Thames, M 5; Ordonez 2. RBI: Thames, M (23). 2-out RBI: Thames, M. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ordonez; Granderson 2; Inge 2. GIDP: Thames, M, Laird. Team RISP: 0-for-8. Team LOB: 7.