Though his bid for a no-hitter was broken up in the seventh inning when Mitch Moreland hit a two-out double, Just Verlander of the Detroit Tigers still held the Texas Rangers scoreless today in a dominate pitching performance. Unfortunately, Verlander, now 10-6 on the season, was pulled after the seventh inning due to tightness in his right quad muscle, but the injury is not at all serious.
The Detroit Tigers are now 52-42 on the season. The Texas Rangers are 54-41.
Verlander was helped by his offense today; Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez, and Jhonny Peralta all hit solo home runs. Peralta also hit an RBI single in the sixth inning and scored on an RBI single by Matt Tuiasosopo in later in the inning, too.
Verlander has pitched two no-hitters in his career (in 2007 again the Brewers and in 2011 against the Blue Jays). A no-hitter today would have put him in elite company; only five pitchers in the history of baseball have achieved three or more no-hitters.
It was also announced Sunday that Verlander will sit out the All-Star game to rest his arm. He’ll be replaced by Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles.