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Wednesday, June 11 (All times Eastern)

Detroit Tigers (33-27) at Chicago White Sox (32-33), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Justin Verlander (6-5, 4.19) Chicago - John Danks (4-5, 4.32)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander has not looked like the pitcher who was once an American League Cy Young Award winner and MVP. Perhaps a start against a team he has dominated over the course of his career will get him back on track.

Verlander tries to get the Tigers back into the win column on Wednesday when they continue what is now a three-game series versus the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Tuesday's second contest was postponed by rain and will be made up on a later date.

Verlander lost for the third time in four starts last Thursday against Toronto, as he allowed six runs (5 earned) and eight hits in seven innings to fall to 6-5 on the year to go along with a 4.19 ERA.

Despite pitching to a 6.75 ERA over his last five starts, Verlander was encouraged by his start against the Blue Jays, as his velocity was up in the high 90s.

"(My) last couple of starts have been night and day better stuff-wise," Verlander said.

Facing the White Sox could be just what he needs, as Verlander has won 13 of his last 16 decisions against them. However, in 15 career starts at U.S. Cellular Field, he is 5-7 with a 4.26 ERA.

Chicago, meanwhile, will turn to lefty John Danks, who was terrific against Los Angeles on Wednesday. Danks held the Dodgers to a run and two hits over 7 1/3 innings, as he improved to 4-5, while lowering his ERA to 4.32.

"I wasn't as sharp as I'd like," said Danks of his most recent outing, "but I guess you could call it effectively wild. It's not an easy lineup and I knew I had to be good going against Josh (Beckett). Caught some breaks, they hit some balls at some guys and I'm happy we got the win."

Danks beat the Tigers earlier this season, but is just 5-10 lifetime against them with a 5.18 ERA.

Detroit's struggles continued in Monday's opener, as Ronald Belisario stranded the tying run on third base in the ninth inning and Chicago held on for a 6-5 win.

Chicago's corner outfielders misplayed two balls into doubles in the last inning, as Moises Sierra lost Austin Jackson's fly ball in the lights and Alejandro De Aza overran Alex Avila's deep line drive to the wall in left.

Avila's double pulled Detroit within 6-5, but Belisario retired the next three hitters in succession to post his sixth save of the year.

Jose Abreu belted a two-run homer, Conor Gillaspie knocked in a pair and Gordon Beckham went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI for the Sox, who dropped three straight to the Angels in Anaheim over the weekend.

"It was a team win tonight," Gillaspie said. "We had so many guys contribute in so many different ways."

Victor Martinez smacked a two-run homer for Detroit while Eugenio Suarez and Miguel Cabrera, who exited Sunday's game with left hamstring tightness, both hit solo blasts in the setback.

Hector Noesi (2-4) served up those three home runs but still came away with the win, his second straight after going two years without a victory. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Rick Porcello (8-4) surrendered six runs -- five earned -- on nine hits over five-plus innings for the Tigers, who have dropped seven of their last nine.

"It was a struggle from the get-go," Porcello said.

Detroit has won four of seven head-to-head meetings with Chicago this season.

06/11 10:27:07 ET

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DUKE 47
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ECU 70
UNC 41
 
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TOWSN 31
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NCSU 42
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Final
KAN 2
DET 3
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CHC 8
LOS 7
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PHI 3
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NYY 3
TOR 6
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COL 5
ARI 1
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BAL 7
BOS 2
 
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PIT 0
MIL 0
 
9th
TAM 3
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6th
MIN 2
CLE 7
 
9th
ATL 2
NYM 4
 
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HOU 10
SEA 1
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MIA 2
WAS 3
 
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STL 8
CIN 4
 
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ANA 3
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BGU 17
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MSU 73
EMICH 14
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VT 24
GT 27
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PITT 20
IOWA 24
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RICE 42
ODU 45
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UGA 66
TROY 0
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SYR 20
MD 34
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DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
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AKR 17
MARS 48
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WAKE 24
ARMY 21
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KU 24
CMICH 10
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ALA 42
UF 21
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FIU 3
LOU 34
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ECU 70
UNC 41
 
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NAVY 24
RUTG 31
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SMU 6
TEXAM 58
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MICH 10
UTAH 26
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BYU 41
UVA 33
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WYO 20
FATL 19
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MIZZ 27
IND 31
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PSU 48
UMASS 7
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MINN 24
SJST 7
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ILL 42
TXST 35
 
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WASH 45
GASTATE 14
 
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SMISS 14
APPST 7
 
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TOL 6
BST 0
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OHIO 29
IDAHO 17
 
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CIN 31
UMO 21
 
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MEM 36
MTST 10
 
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LSU 16
MSST 34
 
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ARK 45
NILL 14
 
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ARKST 7
UTST 14
 
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SALABAMA 6
GASO 21
 
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WVU 24
OKLA 31
 
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VANDY 21
SCAR 27
 
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NEB 24
MIAMI 14
 
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NMST 14
NMU 21
 
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UNLV 7
 
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CLEM 10
 
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SDST
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0