Tigers Pounce on Sabathia

Detroit ousts All-Star lefty after only four innings; Verlander dominates in 12-3 win
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2007 5:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Tigers shelled baseball's winningest pitcher last night, earning 7 runs off Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia in only 4 innings. Justin Verlander was dominant for Detroit, fanning seven on their way to a 12-3 rout and his 10th win of the season. Homers from Gary Sheffield, Placido Polanco, and Carlos Guillen helped hand the Indians their worst loss of the season.

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Both Sabatha and Verlander are potential starters for the upcoming All-Star Game, though AL manager Jim Leyland has not commented on his choice. Sheffield's longball in the fourth was the 475th of his career, lifting him to 27th all-time, alongside Stan Musial and Willie Stargell. Detroit's win leaves them a game behind the division-best Indians. (Read more C.C. Sabathia stories.)

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