LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for four innings in his spring debut for the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Verlander's spring routine has been postponed by his recovery from core-muscle repair surgery on Jan. 9, and his first scheduled start was rained out last Thursday.
The former MVP and Cy Young Award winner threw 52 pitches, giving up a first-inning single to Melky Cabrera and walking two. He had two strikeouts.
Don Kelly's two-run home run off Toronto starter Todd Redmond put the Tigers up 2-0 in the second inning.
Dan Johnson tied it for the Blue Jays with a two-run shot off Joba Chamberlain in the seventh, Johnson's third home run in 14 at-bats.
Redmond gave up five hits and two runs in four innings while striking out three.
Bradley Glenn's led off the 10th inning with a home run off Melvin Mercedes to win it for the Blue Jays.