UNDATED (WHTC) - Justin Verlander allowed just a one-out double to Mitch Moreland in the seventh inning that spoiled his bid for a third career no-hitter, as he pitched the Tigers to a 5-0 victory over visiting Texas yesterday. Verlander struck out three over seven frames, and then announced afterward that he will opt out of tomorrow night's All-Star Game due to starting this game, meaning only five Tigers will be at New York's Citi Field for the Midsummer Classic. Detroit returns to action on Friday evening at Kansas City, with coverage on 1450 WHTC at 7:45 PM.
Although he's begging off of All-Star duties because of injury, Yadier Molina was still healthy enough last night to stroke four hits, including a three-run homer in a four-run ninth inning that broke a 6-6 tie, as he led visiting St. Louis past the Cubs, 10-6. Travis Wood started for Chicago, but unlike Verlander and Molina, he won't skip the trip to the All-Star Game as his team's lone representative. The Cubs begin second-half play in Denver against Colorado on Friday evening.
John Mayberry Junior, son of the native Detroiter who starred in the 1970's for Kansas City, singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning yesterday to give Philadelphia a 4-3 victory over the visiting White Sox. Chris Sale will be the lone Pale Hose representative in the All-Star Game, while the rest of his Chicago teammates are off until hosting Atlanta on Friday evening.
Jason King stroked a two-run triple, and Lance Durham added a two-run homer in the first inning off of rehabbing major leaguer Scott Baker, as the Whitecaps beat visiting Kane County yesterday, 5-2. West Michigan goes for the series sweep of the Cougars and their fifth straight win overall this evening, with broadcast time on 1450 WHTC and http://whtc.com/listen-live at 6:50 PM.