TORONTO (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings, Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer and the Detroit Tigers routed the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 11-1 on Thursday night. Jackson went 4 for 5 with a walk and scored four times as the Tigers pounded out 16 hits while playing without slugger Miguel Cabrera, who got a rare day off. Torii Hunter had three RBIs and Prince Fielder drove in a pair of runs as the Tigers won for the ninth time in 11 meetings with Toronto. Verlander (9-5), who won for the first time since June 7 at Cleveland, allowed three hits, all singles. It was his first start in Toronto since he pitched his second career no-hitter on May 7, 2011.
TORONTO (AP) - Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was held out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays with a sore back. Manager Jim Leyland said Cabrera, the reigning AL Triple Crown winner who leads the major leagues with a .364 batting average, could be available to pinch hit. Cabrera has 26 homers and a major league-leading 85 RBIs. He has been bothered by back soreness for the past two days, leaving in the ninth inning each game. Thursday marked Detroit's seventh straight game on artificial turf. Also out of the Detroit lineup was second baseman Omar Infante. He was knocked out in the fourth inning Wednesday with a bruised left shin after a hard slide at second base by Toronto's Colby Rasmus. Ramon Santiago started at second for Detroit and Don Kelly was at third.
TORONTO (AP) - Torii Hunter drove in the tiebreaking run with a two-out infield single in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Tuesday. Hunter had four singles and Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run home run, his 26th, as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak. Colby Rasmus homered and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who failed to extend their seven-game home winning streak. Omar Infante singled off Neil Wagner (1-3) to begin the eighth, moving to second on Alex Avila's sacrifice bunt and taking third on Austin Jackson's deep fly ball. Hunter followed with a comebacker that bounced off Wagner and rolled to shortstop Jose Reyes, whose throw to first was too late to get Hunter.
TORONTO (AP) - Major League Baseball has suspended Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers for six games for hitting Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist with a pitch. The decision was announced Tuesday before the Tigers played at Toronto. Porcello threw high and inside, hitting Zobrist in the first inning of Sunday's game against the Rays. He is 4-6 with a 5.21 ERA this season.
TORONTO (AP) - An abbreviated rehab start isn't slowing down Anibal Sanchez's return to the Detroit Tigers. Manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday that Sanchez will come off the disabled list Saturday to start at Cleveland. Sanchez has been out since June 16 with a strained right shoulder, and had to leave his rehab start with Class A Lakeland on Monday after taking a line drive off his lower left leg. He had a bruised leg but nothing more. Leyland said Sanchez, who allowed two hits in 1 2-3 scoreless innings before his injury, had not been able to throw as many pitches as the Tigers would have liked. He also said Sanchez would be on a limited pitch count against the Indians. Acquired from Miami last July, Sanchez is 6-5 with a 2.76 ERA in 13 starts this year, the first of a five-year, $80-million deal he signed in the offseason.
TORONTO (AP) - R.A. Dickey won again, Jose Reyes and Mark DeRosa homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 on Monday for their seventh straight home win. The Blue Jays delighted a sellout crowd of 45,766 on Canada Day with their 11th victory in 13 games at Rogers Centre. Coming off his two-hit shutout against Tampa Bay, Dickey (8-8) was sharp and won for the third time in four starts. The knuckleballer allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out four and walking one. Reyes hit a leadoff shot in the third against Tigers rookie Jose Alvarez (1-2). For Reyes, it was his third homer of the year and second in two days. DeRosa added a three-run drive in the fourth off reliever Luke Putkonen.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Jeremy Hellickson earned his fifth June win and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Sunday in a game that included an early warning by the umpires. Hellickson (7-3) allowed one run over six-plus innings. He tied the team record for victories in one month held by Matt Moore, David Price and Scott Kazmir. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 17th save. Miguel Cabrera hit his 25th homer this season for the Tigers. Both benches were warned by plate umpire Vic Carapazza after Detroit's Rick Porcello (4-6) hit Ben Zobrist with a pitch in the first. Both dugouts stayed calm and nothing further developed. A day earlier, Cabrera yelled at the Tampa Bay dugout after he struck out in the 10th inning. Rodney had thrown a high-and-tight fastball before fanning the Tigers star.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings took right wing Anthony Mantha with the 20th pick in the NHL draft Sunday. Detroit made the pick after trading the No. 18 selection to the San Jose Sharks for the 20th and 58th picks. The 6-foot-3 Mantha scored 50 goals with 39 assists in 67 games last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Red Wings later took forward Zach Nastasiuk with pick No. 48 and forward Tyler Bertuzzi at No. 58. Bertuzzi's uncle Todd has played several seasons for the Red Wings.