Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander seems to have regained his mojo with back-to-back strong outings and he could have an extra bounce in his step entering Sunday's finale of a three-game series at the New York Yankees. Verlander was irked by recent comments from former slugger Jack Clark that he may have used performance-enhancing drugs, an allegation he called "moronic." The 2011 Cy Young Award winner has rebounded from two ugly outings to give up one run and four hits in each of his last two turns.
Verlander will be opposed by veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte, is who struggling through one of the worst stretches of his career with a 2-6 mark over his last 10 starts. New York has dropped 15 of its last 22 games and another loss Sunday would put the team at the .500 mark for the first time since the Yankees were 5-5 on April 13. Left fielder Alfonso Soriano is 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in the series and remains one hit shy of 2,000 for his career.
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