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Verlander strikes out seven in eight innings

It's been one year and one day since Justin Verlander threw the second no-hitter of his career against the Blue Jays. The feat carried Verlander to one of the best seasons for a pitcher in Major League history.

Prior to the game, Verlander owned a 3.75 ERA and a 2-3 record. He'd took the momentum from the no-hitter to the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Awards as he won 22 more games and lost only three.

With a 2-1 record and 2.38 ERA this season, if he throws a no-hitter against the Mariners on Tuesday in Safeco Field ... look out.

However, recent history doesn't play into his favor. Verlander hasn't won in Safeco Field since July 3, 2008, and is 0-3 since. The Tigers haven't won a game against Seattle since June 11, and Verlander's coming off a start against the Royals in which he didn't believe he "had his best stuff."

"It was kind of a battle for me," said Verlander, who still pitched eight innings and only allowed two runs. "I really felt like the changeup wasn't that great today, the curveball wasn't really sharp, and the fastball control wasn't that great. From pitch No. 1, [I was] just trying to find it and get it going a little bit."

Like the Royals, the Mariners have a lineup full of young talent. Manager Eric Wedge spoke Monday about seeing progress.

"It's going up there, understanding the situation and giving themselves every opportunity to make the most of it," Wedge said. "When you get in a fight, you can't be lazy with it, but you've got to be cool, and you've got to be on point, too. You've got a lot of emotions running through you that you've got to handle ... to be the best you're going to be."

Matching Verlander with 37-year-old Kevin Millwood, who has lost three straight games and allowed 10 runs in that span, the Mariners certainly will need to be at their best. They hope to carry their own momentum from Monday night's 3-2 walk-off win, in which they spoiled Doug Fister's solid outing by hanging three runs in the ninth inning.

Tigers: Miggy slugging against Seattle
Miguel Cabrera rakes against the Mariners with a .333 (50-for-150) batting average in 41 career games. And the Tigers' slugger especially rakes against Millwood, hitting .371 (13-for-35) with three home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs.

• In 19 career games against Seattle, outfielder Brennan Boesch is hitting .420 (29-for-69) with eight doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs.

• Both Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit weren't available Monday night because they had pitched in three straight games, but they will be available Tuesday. Octavio Dotel took the mound for his first save attempt of the season in a two-run game and took a loss.

Seattle: Montero is catching fire
Jesus Montero continues to dominate when he plays catcher. In 12 games behind the plate, Montero has hit .425 (17-for-40) with three home runs, four doubles and nine RBIs, including the game-tying RBI double on Monday.

• In 12 games since April 24, third baseman Kyle Seager has hit .333 (13-for-39) with three home runs and 10 RBIs.

• Mariners starter Blake Beavan left Monday's game after being hit by a Cabrera line drive. The Mariners called it a right elbow contusion.

Worth noting
• The Mariners have won nine of their past 11 matchups with the Tigers, sweeping two of the past three series.

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