Tigers announce Justin Verlander will make his season debut Saturday

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Justin Verlander is finally healthy after being sidelined since spring training with a triceps injury and the Tigers announced that he’ll come off the disabled list to make his season debut Saturday against the Indians.

Verlander made his second-minor league rehab start Saturday at Triple-A, striking out nine batters in 5.2 innings to convince the Tigers that he’s ready to return. He threw 93 pitches in that outing, so he should be just about fully stretched out.

As for what to expect from Verlander, that’s awfully tough to say. Even before this injury derailed him for the start of this season the former MVP and Cy Young winner looked like a big question mark at age 32. He allowed the most earned runs in the league last season, posting a 4.54 ERA with just 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings and diminished velocity.

He’s signed through 2019 at an average of $28 million per season and the Tigers have lost 14 of their last 21 games, so they desperately need Verlander to get back on track and stay healthy.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.