Justin Verlander SP DET 3 Days

Justin Verlander was lifted after allowing three unearned runs in five innings and striking out seven in a win over the Indians.

The patient Indians offense and some shoddy defense forced Verlander to throw 113 pitches in his five innings and led to his early exit. Still, Verlander got the win anyway after the Tigers scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. It moved Verlander to 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA this season.

Justin Verlander SP DET 8 Days

Justin Verlander limited the Padres to two runs in seven innings and collected his first two hits as a major leaguer Saturday in the Tigers' 6-2 victory.

Verlander was 0-for-26 with 15 strikeouts lifetime before singling twice tonight. He also scored his first run. He was pretty good on the mound, too, striking out eight. He had fanned just five batters over 14 innings in his first two starts.

Justin Verlander SP DET 14 Days

Justin Verlander surrendered two earned runs in eight innings Sunday in a loss to the Orioles.

Verlander held the O's scoreless until the top of the sixth inning, when Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying RBI double to right-center field. Adam Jones then broke the tie with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly that plated Nick Markakis. Verlander is 0-1 but has a cool 2.57 ERA in 14 innings this season. He'll try to get his first victory of 2014 next time out in San Diego.

Justin Verlander SP DET 20 Days

Justin Verlander allowed three runs -- two earned -- over six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Royals.

The Tigers won the game on a walkoff RBI single from new shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Verlander yielded all three runs in the top of the fourth inning -- a frame in which he gave up three walks, a double and a single. The Tigers' ace went the entire spring without surrendering a run and will try to get back in that groove next time out against the Orioles.

Justin Verlander SP DET 25 Days

Justin Verlander pitched 6 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a two-hit shutout Wednesday against the Phillies.

It was a perfect spring for Verlander, who went 20 innings without allowing a run. He struck out seven and walked one today. Verlander will be matched up against the Royals in the Tigers' opener Monday.

Justin Verlander SP DET 30 Days

Justin Verlander continued to cruise Friday, pitching five scoreless innings against a Braves split-squad in Detroit's 3-0 win.

Verlander has pitched 13 2/3 scoreless innings this spring, allowing seven hits in the process. Despite being outpitched by Max Scherzer last year, he'll again get the ball on Opening Day, manager Brad Ausmus said.

Justin Verlander SP DET 1 Month

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on Monday named Justin Verlander the club's Opening Day starter.

Max Scherzer is coming off a Cy Young-winning campaign, but Verlander has a lengthier history with the Tigers and also has a Cy Young award on his mantle. The 31-year-old appears to be fully recovered from his January core muscle surgery and will take the ball on March 31 against the Royals.

Justin Verlander SP DET 1 Month

Justin Verlander pitched five shutout innings as the Tigers beat the Nationals 2-1 on Sunday.

Verlander has showed no ill effects from January core muscle surgery, and he's safe to draft in all formats this year. He rates as our No. 1 pitcher in AL-only leagues and No. 4 in mixed leagues.

Justin Verlander SP DET 1 Month

Justin Verlander pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Verlander's velocity still isn't quite where it should be, but he's made great progress after January core muscle surgery. It looks like he'll be ready to throw at least six or seven innings during the first week of the regular season.

Justin Verlander SP DET 1 Month

Justin Verlander (core muscle repair surgery) will make his Grapefruit League debut against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

He was set to take the hill against the Phillies on Thursday, but rain showers scuttled those intentions. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus expects Verlander to throw around 50-55 pitches.