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Verlander Beats Sabathia to 17 Wins as Tigers Defeat Indians

Justin Verlander became the first pitcher to reach 17 wins this season as the Detroit Tigers ended a run of 13 straight losses in Cleveland.

Verlander (17-5) racked up his 100th career win in Major League Baseball in the Tigers’ 4-3 win against the Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland last night. CC Sabathia (16-6) of the New York Yankees has a chance to join Verlander on 17 wins against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium tonight.

“It’s not like 100 wins was ever a goal,” Verlander told reporters. “This win was special because of the other circumstances surrounding it.”

Verlander gave up three runs and as many hits, striking out 10 in seven innings, as the Tigers ended a run of three losses to improve to 62-55. Detroit leads the American League Central division by three games over Cleveland.

Verlander, who pitched in Detroit’s previous win at Progressive Field on May 8, 2010, came within four outs of his second no-hitter of the season July 31. On May 7, he became the 28th pitcher in major league history to register two no-hit games in a career.

The Yankees start their three-game series against the Rays after a grand slam from Robinson Cano propelled them to a 6-5 win against the Los Angeles Angels.

Fifth Grand Slam

Cano hit a two-out pitch from Angels reliever Scott Downs into the right-field stands to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium yesterday. His fifth career grand slam lifted him to 20 home runs for the third consecutive year.

“The day before he got me out inside and I said I’m not going to let him get me out the same way,” 28-year-old second baseman Cano said in a televised interview. “Good thing I made a good swing.”

New York improved to 71-45, one game behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The Yankees lead the league’s wild-card standings by eight games over the Angels. The wild-card playoff berth goes to the second-place team with the best record.

The Rays, who are 9 1/2 games behind Boston after a 4-1 win against the Kansas City Royals last night, head to Fenway Park for three games against the Red Sox after playing the Yankees.

Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Yankees, his fourth of the series and 32nd this season, extending his career high. Granderson is tied with teammate Mark Teixeira for second-most home runs in the American League, one behind Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Elsewhere in the AL last night it was Oakland 10, Toronto 3 and the Chicago White Sox 6, Baltimore 3.

In the National League, it was San Diego 3, the New York Mets 2; Cincinnati 2, Colorado 1; St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 2; the Chicago Cubs 4, Washington 3; and Arizona 8, Houston 5 (10).

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