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Tigers Vs. Orioles: Justin Verlander Pitches Against Baltimore In Battle Of Wild Card Contenders

Reigning MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander pitches for Detroit against Baltimore as American League Wild Card contenders open a three-game series.

The Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles will open a three-game series in Detroit at 7:05 p.m. Friday. Baltimore enters the series coming off a loss to Boston Thursday night. Detroit won its last two games against the Minnesota Twins and had Thursday off.

Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.46 ERA) will pitch for Detroit against Baltimore's Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.54 ERA). Verlander is coming off a strong performance against Texas, giving up just one run with eight strikeouts in seven innings in a no-decision. Verlander shut out the Orioles for eight innings on July 15. Hunter has lost three straight decisions.

Both teams sit in second place in their divisions. Baltimore (64-54) trails the New York Yankees by 5.5 games and Detroit (63-55) is 2.5 games behind the Chicago White Sox. Baltimore and Detroit are currently among three teams, along with the Tampa Rays, within a half game of each other for the two American League Wild Card spots.

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