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Tigers Spring Training 2012: Justin Verlander Tosses 6 Strong Innings In Final Tune Up

Besides a bad 0-2 pitch to Dan Uggla in the bottom of the fourth inning that resulted in the Braves' only run, Justin Verlander appeared to be in mid-season form in his final tune up start before Opening Day next Thursday. Verlander tossed six innings in the Tigers' 2-1 rain shortened win; he allowed the one earned run, gave up four hits and struck out five opposite no walks. Verlander finishes Spring Training with a 2.02 ERA, his second best spring in terms of ERA and had his highest strikeout rate (25 in 26.2 innings).

The Tigers got five hits in the win -- one each from Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta and Clete Thomas. Thomas provided the game-winning run on a solo blast off Braves starter Tommy Hanson in the fifth inning.

The Tigers have three games remaining in Florida before a final exhibition against the Toledo Mud Hens, their Triple-A affiliate, on Wednesday. It's been reported the Tigers might roll out their Opening Day lineup tomorrow against the Astros, save for Verlander, of course.

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