Ver­lan­der will start Satur­day

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL -

Detroit’s Justin Ver­lan­der is set to make his first start for the Tigers this sea­son against the Cleve­land In­di­ans on Satur­day.

The 2011 AL most valu­able player and Cy Young Award win­ner has been side­lined all sea­son af­ter leav­ing a March 27 spring train­ing game with a strained right tri­ceps. His re­cov­ery in­cluded sev­eral set­backs be­fore the last few weeks. Etc.

Hunter Pence could be headed back to the dis­abled list. The San Fran­cisco Gi­ants right fielder, who didn’t make his sea­son de­but un­til mid-May be­cause of a frac­tured left fore­arm, has not played since June 2 be­cause of a sore left wrist.... Free-agent re­liever Rafael Soriano has agreed to a mi­nor league con­tract with the Chicago Cubs and would get a $4.1-mil­lion, oneyear deal if added to the ma­jor league ros­ter. Soriano, 35, has 207 saves and a 2.85 earned-run av­er­age in 585 ma­jor league ap­pear­ances. ... The St. Louis Car­di­nals placed left fielder Matt Hol­l­i­day on the 15-day dis­abled list with a right quadri­ceps strain.

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