Upton, McCann hit HRs; Tigers jerseys beat D backs 7 3The Associated Press, Windsor StarDetroit Tigers jerseys starting pitcher cheap Justin Verlander jersey (35) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 9, 2017, in Phoenix.
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PHOENIX For a starting pitcher, cheap Justin Verlander jersey said, there’s such a thing as too much rest.
And the two extra days he had this time were too many, he said.
Still, Verlander pitched into the seventh inning while the Detroit bats did the rest in the Tigers jerseys’ 7 3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys on Tuesday night.
“It’s a weird thing. It’s hard to explain,” Verlander said, “but being a little too fresh, your arm’s working a little quicker and I just couldn’t quite catch up with my curve ball.”
Verlander (3 2) hadn’t pitched since May 2 as manager Brad Ausmus ordered the extra two days off after his ace right hander threw 119 and 118 pitches in consecutive starts.
Verlander went six innings plus two batters Tuesday night to get his second straight win. He gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
cheap Robbie Ray jersey (2 3) lost his third straight start. The left hander allowed five runs, five hits and five walks in five innings. He struck out eight.
“I just walked too many guys,” he said. “This is a lineup you can’t do that with. They will make you pay for it. I walked the leadoff guy twice and he scored. I have to be better.”
Although it wasn’t a save situation, new closer cheap Justin Wilson jersey pitched a perfect ninth for the Tigers jerseys. Ausmus announced before the game that Wilson would take over closing duties from cheap Francisco Rodriguez jersey after a pair of blown saves over the weekend in Oakland.
Verlander was consistently at 96 mph with his fastball and hit 99 on a 3 2 pitch that struck out cheap Jeff Mathis jersey to end the sixth.
“I was hoping for 100,” Verlander said. Pollock to start the seventh before being lifted. Arizona loaded the bases with two outs, but cheap Shane Greene jersey struck out cheap Yasmany Tomas jersey to end the threat.
cheap Miguel Cabrera jersey’s RBI double off the centre field wall tied it at 3 during the fifth inning, then the Tigers jerseys loaded the bases with one out. Ray fanned ex Diamondback Upton before Mahtook’s single up the middle brought home two and made it 5 3.
Mahtook plays solely against left handers so he hasn’t played much. He made the most of his chances Tuesday.
“My swing’s in a good place right now and mentally I’m in a good spot,” he said. “I know whenever my time is to come up to the plate I’m going to come through.”
Upton homered to straightaway centre, into the camera window on the big green batter’s eye, off cheap Tom Wilhelmsen jersey to make it 6 3 in the eighth. He made a “shhh” sign with his finger and lips to the crowd as he went back into the dugout.
Arizona broke through with three off Verlander in the third, two of them with two wholesale mlb jerseys outs. cheap Paul Goldschmidt jersey singled in a run and scored from second on Tomas’ base hit, sliding home just ahead of Upton’s throw from right field to tie it at 2.
cheap Brandon Drury jersey’s ground rule double brought home Tomas to put the Diamondbacks jerseys up 3 2.
Ausmus said it was tough to tell Rodriguez he was being replaced, especially since the right hander has 437 career saves, fourth on baseball’s all time list. But he said Rodriguez understood why it was being done and handled it well.
When Detroit scored in the ninth, it meant it wasn’t a save situation, but Ausmus still went with Wilson. He was taking no chances.