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Justin Verlander


Verlander will miss his start on Sunday because of fatigue in his right arm.


Verlander became the major leagues' first 14-game winner on Tuesday in Detroit's 10-4 win at Tampa Bay. He allowed three runs in eight innings, striking out four.


Verlander allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight, in the Tigers' 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.


Verlander, arguably the top pitching prospect in the Detroit system, is expected to get the call for Saturday night's start against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit. He will work the second game of a day-night doubleheader. The 22-year-old righthander came up to start against Cleveland on July 4, and he allowed four runs in 5.1 innings to take the loss in a 6-0 decision.


The Detroit Tigers recalled Verlander to start the second game of their July 4 doubleheader with Cleveland, and the promising 22-year-old righthander allowed seven hits and four runs over 5.1 innings of the Tigers' 6-0 loss to the Indians. Verlander, the second overall pick of last year's draft, took the "L" in his major league debut.

After making his major league debut in a 6-0 loss to Cleveland on Monday, Verlander was optioned back to Double-A Erie, where the 22-year-old righthander is 1-0 without allowing a run in two starts. In his debut, he allowed seven hits and four runs in 5.1 innings and took the loss.


Verlander, the second overall pick in 2004, will be recalled by the Detroit Tigers to make his major league debut in the Tigers' doubleheader with Cleveland on Monday. It's been a rapid rise for the 22-year-old righthander, who didn't sign until last October and made his professional debut this spring. He was 9-2 (1.67 ERA) in 13 starts at high Class-A Lakeland before a recent promotion to Double-A Erie. At Erie, Verlander is 1-0 without allowing a run in two starts.