KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Justin Verlander tuned up for opening day with a crisp outing in his final spring start and the Detroit Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Saturday in a game called after six innings due to rain.
Verlander, who won the American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards last season, allowed four hits in six innings to finish the spring with a 2.02 ERA. The right-hander will make his next start on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.
Tommy Hanson also pitched six innings for the Braves, yielding five hits. He's also slated to start on opening day on Thursday against the New York Mets.
Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel came in for the seventh but that's when the game was called after a seven-minute delay.