CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — In his last start of the spring, Justin Verlander outdueled Cliff Lee, shutting out the Phillies over 6 1-3 innings in the Tigers’ 1-0 win.
Verlander has been nearly perfect this spring, not allowing a single run in 20 innings pitched. Wednesday might’ve been his most dominant outing yet.
Only Wil Nieves and Chase Utley managed hits off Tigers pitchers, both singles, for the Phillies.
Lee’s only mistakes came in the first, as Miguel Cabrera delivered a RBI groundout after Ian Kinsler tripled. Lee pitched five innings, allowing just the one run while striking out seven. Verlander also struck out seven hitters.
The Tigers did manage 10 hits Wednesday, all against pitchers with major-league experience. Torii Hunter went 2 for 3 with a double. Jared Reaves also had a double for Detroit.
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