The Angels took the first of the three-game series Friday, 3-2, on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth from pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo, handing the Tigers their third loss in four games. But the Tigers remain one-game back in the AL Central thanks to a Chicago White Sox loss Friday against the Kansas City Royals.
Verlander broke a four-game winless streak in his last start against the White Sox, allowing only one run and four hits in eight innings. He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his last start against the Angels in July 2011.
Left-hander C. J. Wilson (11-9, 3.85 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Angels. Wilson has won his last two decisions, giving up a combined five runs over 11 innings, after going winless in his previous 11 starts.