Live Tigers blog: Verlander faces Twins in 1st

Tigers starter Justin Verlander needs seven strikeouts to reach 2,000 for his career. He will face Twins batters Joe Mauer (.274), Eduardo Nunez (.333) and Miguel Sano (.239) in the top of the first.The only other Tiger in franchise history to reach 2,000 strikeouts was Mickey Lolich (1963-75), who posted 2,679.The Tigers take aim at their fourth straight win and a sweep of the Twins in a 1:10 p.m. game Wednesday at Comerica Park.Justin Verlander, coming off two consecutive excellent outings, starts for the Tigers.In his last two starts – Tigers losses against the Orioles and Rangers – Verlander has combined for 17 strikeouts, seven hits and one earned run over 15 innings.Bob Wojnowski says that after two weeks of doldrums, the Tigers finally have lumbered to life.Justin Upton, too, is making progress against the strikeout demons that have haunted him this season, Lynn Henning explains.Gene Lamont got a quick call to the front of the Tigers dugout on Tuesday night after learning of Brad Ausmus’ one-game suspension. “I was a little nervous before the game,” Lamont told Tony Paul. “I’m not gonna lie.”1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. J.D. Martinez, RF3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B4. Nick Castellanos, 3B5. Justin Upton, LF6. Steven Moya, DH7. Cameron Maybin, CF8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C9. Jose Iglesias, SS