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Tuesday, August 17, 2010
1st the worst for Verlander, Santana

By Mark Simon and Katie Sharp

The Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander allowed two runs in the first inning against the New York Yankees.

Verlander has now allowed 21 1st-inning runs this season, that’s second in the AL, behind the Baltimore Orioles’ Kevin Millwood, who’s allowed 35 runs in the first in his 24 starts.

About an hour after Verlander took the mound, the New York Mets’ Johan Santana allowed three 1st-inning runs against the Astros. Santana has now allowed 23 runs in the first, tied for second in the National League this season.