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Detroit Tigers - PlayerWatch

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LHP Drew Smyly struck out a career-high 11 in 5 2/3 innings, but got the loss in a 2-1 setback to the Angels. Smyly didn't allow a baserunner until the Angels' Howie Kendrick doubled with one out in the fifth. He gave up two runs on four hits and one (intentional) walk. "His cutter was really working," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He was getting a lot of swings and misses over the top of the cutter, especially in the first four innings."

LF J.D. Martinez was back in the starting lineup Friday against the Angels after missing the two previous games with a strained upper quadriceps muscle. Martinez went 1-for-4 with a double.

RF Torii Hunter has 22 RBIs in July, most in the majors. With 60 RBIs through the club's first 99 games, he is on pace to finish with 97, which would be the fourth-highest total of his 18-year major league career.

RHP Justin Verlander will start Saturday's game against the Angels. He is 3-1 in July, but he failed to last at least seven innings in any of his four starts. Verlander is 4-5 with a 4.08 ERA in 12 career starts against the Angels.

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