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Tigers' Verlander pitches 1-hit ball in 4-inning spring debut, a 3-2 win over Blue Jays

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the second inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the second inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Todd Redmond throws during the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Todd Redmond throws during the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for four innings in his spring debut for the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Verlander's spring routine has been postponed by his recovery from core-muscle repair surgery on Jan. 9, and his first scheduled start was rained out last Thursday.

The former MVP and Cy Young Award winner threw 52 pitches, giving up a first-inning single to Melky Cabrera and walking two. He had two strikeouts.

Don Kelly's two-run home run off Toronto starter Todd Redmond put the Tigers up 2-0 in the second inning.

Dan Johnson tied it for the Blue Jays with a two-run shot off Joba Chamberlain in the seventh, Johnson's third home run in 14 at-bats.

Redmond gave up five hits and two runs in four innings while striking out three.

Bradley Glenn's led off the 10th inning with a home run off Melvin Mercedes to win it for the Blue Jays.