DETROIT (AP) - Magglio Ordonez hit a three-run home run and Gary
Sheffield added a two-run homer in powering the Detroit Tigers past
Texas 5-1. Justin Verlander allowed only a run and improved to
The Tigers have won seven of nine to stay in the wild-card chase
with the streaking New York Yankees, who are four games ahead for
the AL's final spot in the postseason.
Texas has dropped two straight after winning 13 of 15.
Verlander is the first Detroit pitcher to win at least 17 games
in consecutive seasons since Jack Morris in 1986 and '87. The
reigning AL Rookie of the Year has won four straight starts.