There was blood in the water, and Justin Verlander was circling, the Detroit Tigers right-hander stalking his prey before moving in for the kill Wednesday night.
“After he was smelling the no-hitter in the fifth or sixth inning, he started throwing 97-98 mph,” Angels slugger Albert Pujols said. “So he had a lot in his tank.”
Verlander's fastball sat in the 93-mph range for the first four or five innings in Comerica Park, but he cranked it up to 96 mph for a strikeout of Ryan Jackson to end the sixth.
Verlander struck out the side in the seventh, Kole Calhoun with a 96-mph fastball, Mike Trout looking at a full-count, 83-mph curve on the outside...