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The Tigers are in first place, two games ahead of the Indians.

Today’s Game: Tigers vs. Twins – Justin Verlander (17-5, 2.35 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Blackburn (7-9, 4.36 ERA) | 7:05 p.m. – FSD/1270 AM and 97.1 FM

From STATS, LLC:

Verlander has won five straight starts with a 2.61 ERA, striking out 43 in 38 innings during that stretch. He allowed three runs and struck out 10 in seven innings of his 100th career victory — a 4-3 win over Cleveland on Thursday.

In the right-hander’s lone start against Minnesota this season, he gave up one run and five hits over eight innings of a 6-2 win July 21 at Target Field. Verlander is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA over his last five starts versus the Twins.

Happy Birthday, Damian Jackson, 38, and Roger Cedeno, 37.

On this date in 1968, Denny McLain improved to 16-0 on the road after blanking the Red Sox, 4-0 at Fenway Park. Bill Freehan was hit by a pitch in three consecutive plate appearances, tying a major-league record. He was hit a record-tying 24 times that season.
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Good morning. And welcome to the Delmon Young era. Last week the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo tweeted that a few notable names had cleared waivers, including Young. I wondered, however momentarily, if the Tigers would make a move for Young. No way they’d make another intra-division trade, I decided. Fast-forward to yesterday and,ta-da.

Leading Off: There were a few enjoyable moments in Monday night’s game when we thought Young’s moon shot in his first Tigers at bat would be the notable home run of the night. Then, Jim Thome erased that notion by hitting career homers 599 and 600 — off Tigers pitching, imagine. In fact, I was surprised that the Tigers had offered up 10.8 percent of Thome’s career home runs. Then again, he did play in the National League for a couple of seasons … Oh, the rest of the game was abysmal thanks to Rick Porcello’s pitching and gruesome defense from Ryan Raburn and, less so, from Wilson Betemit. Perhaps the Tigers should remember that earlier this season they had won eight of the first nine against the Twins this season. Final score: Twins 9, Tigers 6.

Around the Central: In the only other game featuring an A.L. Central team, the Yankees beat the Royals 7-4 at Kauffman Stadium.

Bowden on Young: Here’s what former Reds and Nationals GM had to say about the Tigers picking up Delmon Young:

Young should get recharged with this change of scenery deal, and the deal could make a huge offensive impact on the Tigers’ lineup, as they expect him to return to last year’s form since he’s finally healthy again.

I have to cut this one short today. I’m attending a training class in Los Angeles and it starts in seven minutes. But before I do, Happy 66th Birthday to Bob Balaban, who played NBC executive Russell Dalrymple in Seinfeld.