Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the first inning today in Kissimmee, Fla.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Justin Verlander tuned up for his opening-day start by extending his spring training scoreless streak to 13 2-3 innings and helping the Detroit Tigers beat an Atlanta Braves’ split squad 3-0 Friday.
Coming off core muscle surgery in January, Verlander allowed five hits in five innings, struck out four and walked one, throwing 58 of 84 pitches for strikes. He has one more exhibition outing before the March 31 opener at home against Kansas City.
Julio Teheran, expected to start the Braves’ opener at Milwaukee on March 31, gave up two runs and two hits in six innings with four strikeouts, one walk and a wild pitch.
Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Ian Kinsler walked, Ezequiel Carrera hit an RBI double and advanced on a wild pitch, and Victor Martinez had a run-scoring groundout.