Verlander tosses first no-hitter in Detroit since '73

Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander celebrated after pitching a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday in Detroit. (Duane Burleson ~ Associated Press)

Detroit fireballer overpowers Brewers at Comerica Park.

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander threw 100 mph heat, crazy curves and a tantalizing changeup.

No-hit stuff, indeed.

With a big assist from his shortstop, Verlander pitched the first no-hitter in Comerica Park history, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Tuesday night.

"It was the best thing that ever happened to me," he said.

The 2006 AL Rookie of the Year came back with the game of his career, striking out 12. He benefited from several stellar defensive plays, the best by Neifi Perez, who turned a possible single up the middle in the eighth into an inning-ending double play.

"About the fifth or sixth you can't help but think about it a little," Verlander said. "Everyone kept giving me high-fives and nobody came and sat next to me."

The NL Central-leading Brewers didn't have a chance against him.

"We only hit four or five balls hard all night ... that's how dominant he was," said Craig Counsell, twice called out on strikes.

Verlander (7-2) worked around four walks in the Tigers' first no-hitter since Jack Morris in 1984.

The 24-year-old trotted to the mound for the ninth to a standing ovation from the crowd of 33,555.

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