Tigers Verlander scores first win in a month

CHICAGO, IL - June 14: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers throws to the Chicago Cubs during the second inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Justin Verlander

By JAY COHEN

CHICAGO (AP) – Justin Verlander was running in the outfield Thursday when he heard a round of cheers from the sizeable contingent of Detroit Tigers fans that packed Wrigley Field for the series finale against the Chicago Cubs.

“I got chills,” Verlander said.

He returned the favor during an important 5-3 victory, pitching eight solid innings and helping himself with a pair of sacrifices as Detroit capped an encouraging 4-2 interleague road trip through Cincinnati and Chicago… Read More

 

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers hits RBI single as Steve Clevenger #51 of the Chicago Cubs looks on in the seventh inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers hits RBI single as Steve Clevenger #51 of the Chicago Cubs looks on in the seventh inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Manager Jim Leyland after hitting a two-run home run off of the Chicago Cubs scoring reammate Don Kelly #32 in the ninth inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Manager Jim Leyland after hitting a two-run home run off of the Chicago Cubs scoring reammate Don Kelly #32 in the ninth inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers hits a two-run home run off of the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Austin Jackson #14 of the Detroit Tigers hits a two-run home run off of the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning of their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)\
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammate Gerald Laird after defeating the Chicago Cubs in their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 14: Jose Valverde #46 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammate Gerald Laird after defeating the Chicago Cubs in their MLB game at Wrigley field on June 14, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)
Pacific white-sided dolphin Piquet swims with her two-week-pld male calf at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, June 12, 2012. According the the aquarium Less than 24 hours after its birth on Memorial Day, the calf began surpassing several critical milestones to mark the newborn’s successful development, including bonding with mom and nursing regularly. Shedd’s animal health team estimates that he’s weighing in around 30 pounds, which is about 5 pounds more than he weighed at birth. REUTERS/John Gress
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