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Justin Verlander allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over eight innings of the no-decision Saturday.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Justin Verlander had put in more work than normal since his last start, which paid off for at least one outing for the former CY Young and MVP who had allowed seven runs in each of his two previous starts. JV will look to build off of Saturday's dominating performance, (that helped proved he is not hurt), when he takes the mound again on Friday in Houston.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Fernando Rodney has hit a recent rough patch, but said he's put it behind him.
Rodney's closing job is in danger right now, as they 38-year old has already blown a save and has given up in seven runs 3 1/3 innings. Carson Smith could be next in line for saves should Rodney be removed from the job, though Yoervis Medina is another option in the back of the bullpen. As a closer, Rodney will have to have a short term memory and put the issues behind him, as he has a great track record and the stuff is still there for him to succeed in the ninth inning. Analysis: Ben Diamond