Tigers give Justin Verlander a 2-0 lead


Austin Jackson doubled in Omar Infante in the third and then scored on a wild pitch as the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the A’s in the deciding Game 5 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Verlander has limited the A’s to a two-out double in the first and a two-out walk in the second through three. Brandon Moss drew the walk in the second, only to get thrown out trying to advance to second on what would have been a wild pitch.

As successful as Verlander has been, the A’s have still forced him throw 44 pitches through three, something that might pay off in time. Still, they probably can’t afford to give up any additional runs. Verlander hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his last five starts.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.


Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.