Detroit Tigers: Verlander’s one mistake, Iannetta’s adjustment, Greene’s surgery


Justin Verlander recently refused to admit that he has returned to his vintage self. Well, in his start on Wednesday, Verlander certainly looked like his 2011 self.

He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, only to lose it against Chris Iannetta to lead off the frame. The pitch Iannetta hit for a double was a fastball right down the middle. It was Verlander’s only mistake of the night as the right-hander settled for a one-hitter.

Fittingly, Iannetta is probably the least likely candidate from the Angels to break up a no-hitter. The catcher is hitting .188 this season, but prior to Wednesday’s game, he made some adjustments that obviously paid dividends in the ninth.

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Justin Verlander says pitch that ended no-hit bid was only one he threw down middle all night – Chris Iott,

"Verlander ended up just three outs shy of his third career no-hitter.Iannetta hit a 2-2 fastball from Verlander hard toward the corner in right field. How close was it to being foul?It kicked up chalk when it landed.“It’s the only ball of the night that I threw over the heart of the plate.” — Justin Verlander“I threw what I wanted,” Verlander said. “I just didn’t locate it. Me and (Ian) Kinsler just talked about it just a second ago. It’s the only ball of the night that I threw over the heart of the plate. Everything that had been on the plate was up and that one kind of just ran back on me and ran middle and he hit it.”"

Iannetta adjusts stance before spoiling no-hitter – Chris McCosky, The Detroit News

"Iannetta is hitting .188. He has struck out and popped meekly to Kinsler at second before coming to bat in the ninth. In the meantime, he went back with Shane Victorino and Paul Sorrento and looked at some video of himself in better offensive years — namely 2011.“They’re like, ‘Your hands are high, you had a leg kick,'” Iannetta said. “So I was like, ‘You know what? I’ll just do it.’ They’re like, ‘You sure about doing it in the middle of a game?’"

Tigers’ Shane Greene to undergo season-ending surgery – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"First, Shane Greene had mild ulnar neuritis. Then, a pseudoaneurysm. Now, Greene faces something that rolls much easier off the tip of the tongue: Season-ending surgery.The Detroit Tigers right-hander will undergo surgery to fix the numbness in his pitching hand — an issue that has crept up on more than one occasion this season — on Thursday in Dallas with vascular surgeon Dr. Greg Pearl.Greene will go under the knife a week after he was diagnosed with an artery issue in his right shoulder, which caused a pseudoaneurysmin his right hand that manager Brad Ausmus termed “numbness or coldness” last week in Chicago."

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