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Jackson has 4 hits, Tigers beat Blue Jays 11-1

Jul 5th, 2013 - Sports News

— 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.

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.

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