Verlander allowed Ortiz's double in the second, then retired 10 in a row. He caught Cody Ross looking in the second with a vintage breaking ball that left the Boston hitter dropping his bat and walking away even before plate umpire Dale Scott finished calling him out on strikes.
NOTES: It was Valverde's first blown save since Sept. 2, 2010, against Minnesota. ... The Tigers reported 45,027 tickets sold, an opening day record for Comerica Park. ... The temperature at game time was 43 degrees. ... Francona was at the game as an analyst for ESPN. ... It was the 12th time Verlander pitched at least eight innings without allowing a run, and only the second time he did that and didn't get a win, according to STATS. ... Detroit RHP Doug Fister will face Boston RHP Josh Beckett when the teams play again Saturday.
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