As in Justin case you missed it, Verlander threw his second career no hitter yesterday, and was one excruciating 12-pitch-AB-walk away from a perfect game.
And Justin time, since the Tigers looked like they had lost any momentum they had from the 3 consecutive wins against the Yankees.
The tough-act-to-follow starter for today is Brad “Brutus” Penny, who flirted with a no-hitter himself recently. And to make things a bit tougher, Bautista returns to the lineup for Toronto.
Toronto sends out lefty Jo-Jo Reyes, which means Alex Avila will get a much-needed rest, and The Ghost will patrol right-field. Reyes had a good 1-run 6 inning outing against the Rays last time out, but his spot in the rotation has been considered shaky. Also: his name is Jo-Jo.
Today’s Player of the Pre-Game: Victor Martinez
Martinez straps on the catcher’s gear for the first time since coming back from the DL. Here’s hoping his groin withstands the crouching–we need a healthy V-Mart in the lineup.
Today’s Wave-To-Mom Lineup:
- Austin Jackson CF
- Scott Sizemore 2B
- Magglio Ordonez DH
- Miguel Cabrera 1B
- Victor Martinez C
- Johnny Peralta SS
- Ryan Raburn LF
- Casper Wells RF
- Brandon Inge 3B