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Justin Verlander joined the 2,000 strikeout club


With a strikeout of Eddie Rosario to end the fourth inning on Wednesday afternoon, Justin Verlander registered his 2,000th career strikeout. He is the 76th member of the 2,000 strikeout club and only the second Tiger with the credential along with Mickey Lolich. Among active pitchers, Verlander trails only CC Sabathia (2,595), Felix Hernandez (2,184), Jake Peavy (2,141), and John Lackey (2,012).

Verlander finished the afternoon going 7 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on six hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in the Tigers’ 6-3 victory over the Twins. It’s his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Verlander still has a high ERA at 4.58 but has a solid 60/20 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.

The Twins might’ve been just the medicine the Tigers needed. They swept the Twins at Comerica Park, improving to 19-21. Manager Brad Ausmus has reportedly been on the hot seat, but if his team can start winning, Ausmus might buy himself some more time.

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White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.