In three games batting second, Andy Dirks has hit .462 (6-for-13) with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs. He took over the No. 2 spot on Sunday, when Brennan Boesch was dropped to eighth. Boesch, on the other hand, is not hitting well in his new home in the lineup, where he is 2-for-12 (.167) with one RBI. Alex Avila was missing behind the plate on Tuesday and said he won't be back until at least Thursday in Oakland. He is day to day with a sore left knee. "It's one of those things where the area around my knee needs to be strengthened," Avila said, "and then I should be fine. ... I can't do anything more to it. It's just a pain-tolerance issue. It's not going to require surgery or anything like that." Mariners: Beavan recovering
After being drilled in the elbow by a line drive and leaving his start on Monday, the status of Blake Beavan stands as uncertain. Beavan hopes to make his start on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, but it remains up in the air. "It's more tender than anything," said Beavan. "I have a lot more range of motion. I can get my arm up to my chest. Last night, I could just barely raise it, and it hasn't even been 24 hours yet. So hopefully, with treatment, we'll speed up the process." Justin Smoak has gone 3-for-27 (.111) in his past eight games and is batting .175 on the season, but Wedge said the first baseman will not be benched. "All I want him to do is slow down," Wedge said. "Just hit and put up good at-bats and let that define itself as it may. I trust enough in his ability and mindset that it'll work." Worth noting
In the previous three series, the Tigers were swept twice by the Mariners. Verlander's win Tuesday night ensured the club wouldn't suffer the same fate Wednesday. Verlander's win was his first in Safeco Field since July 3, 2008. He had gone 0-3 since.