The Detroit Tigers have a 4-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opening game of a three-game set. Four different players have driven in runs for the Tigers, but the real story of the night is Justin Verlander, who has yet to allow a hit through seven innings.
Verlander, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, has struck out nine batters and walked two. The right-hander has thrown a total of 82 pitches, 57 of which have been strikes. Of the 23 hitters Verlander has faced, eight have made contact, with six groundouts and two flyouts.
Just 29, Detroit's ace can boast two no-hitters in his career so far. He no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7 this year. Verlander threw his first no-no on June 12, 2007, against the Milwaukee Brewers, another National League team. You can read more about his last no-hitter here.
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