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Starting Pitchers Dominate on Tuesday

by Photo of Andrew Lontos

There were many great performances on the mound in baseball last night.

Starting Pitchers Dominate on Tuesday

1. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

Verlander, who has already thrown a no-hitter this year (and two in his career), almost had another one on Tuesday night against the Indians. The Tiger's ace did not allow a hit until 1 out in the 8th inning, when Orlando Cabrera hit a clean single to center. It barely impacted Verlander, as he went the distance, allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 12. The Tigers beat the Indians 4-0, and now have sole possession of first place in the American League Central. Verlander had this to say after the game, Via MLB.com:

"I got my curveball going pretty good and my changeup pretty good. When I've got those two working, and my fastball's usually there, it's kind of tough on hitters, I would think, when I can change speeds and elevate and do what I want to do."

2. James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays

Shields dominated the Boston Red Sox, who had won 9 straight games and boast the best lineup in baseball. He pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 5. Adrian Gonzalez had 3 of Boston's 5 hits, who lost the game 4-0. Shield's 4th complete game (3rd shutout) leads the American League.

3. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels at Anaheim

Weaver (8-4, 2.06) pitched almost identically to James Shields on Tuesday night. The Canadian right hander also went the distance and gave up a mere 5 hits in a 4-0 victory. Although he barely needed it, the Angels gave Weaver 4 runs to play with before he even took the mound. Via MLB.com, Weaver loved the support:

"It wasn't startling; it was awesome," said Weaver, who had zero run support in his last two road starts. "Anytime you get a four-spot in the first you're going to feel more comfortable going out there.

4. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies

Hamels and the Phillies crushed the Florida Marlins 9-1 last night. The 2008 World Series MVP went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6. At one point, the lanky lefty retired 17 straight. Philadelphia's offense crushed 5 home runs, including 2 from rookie Dominic Brown. With the blowout win, Hamels improved to 9-2 on the year, and has an impressive 2.49 ERA. Via MLB.com, Hamels did all of this with a bad back:

"It just kind of tightened up on me," Hamels said. "It got a lot colder and my body temperature kind of dropped. Everything was just kind of tightening up. Obviously, I don't think it's that smart to go out and try to compete and not be able to compete at my best. And obviously I don't want to hurt anything, so it's just playing smart."

Pitching has dominated baseball the last couple seasons. 6 pitchers threw no-hitters last year, and 2 have already been thrown in 2011.

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