Justin Verlander goes five innings in his 2015 season debut

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Tigers starter Justin Verlander made his 2015 season debut for the Tigers on Saturday, pitching five effective innings against the Indians in a 5-4 loss. The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. One of the runs came in the fourth on Carlos Santana’s solo home run, and the other came in the fifth on a Jason Kipnis sacrifice fly.

Verlander threw 87 pitches overall, 55 for strikes. He sat mostly 92-94 MPH with his fastball, but was able to ramp it up to 97 MPH even in his final inning.

Verlander, 32, was shelved late in spring training due to a strained right triceps, forcing him to go onto the disabled list for the first time in his 11-year career. He struggled last season, finishing with an ugly 4.54 ERA and a 159/65 K/BB ratio over 206 innings.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.