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Tigers' Verlander to start Tuesday vs. Pirates

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Justin Verlander gives up a homer to the Yankees' Brett Gardner in his last start, June 19 in New York.

Detroit – Justin Verlander will get the start for the Tigers on Tuesday, opening a three-game series against the Pirates at Comerica Park.

Manager Brad Ausmus had penciled him in earlier in the day, but waited to make it official until after he talked to Verlander and the team's medical staff.

He was scratched from his start last Wednesday with a stiff back. He had thrown a bullpen session on Saturday and reported no complications.

Ausmus said Verlander wouldn't have any pitch-count restrictions Tuesday.

"As long as he is feeling fine, we will let him go," he said.

Verlander threw 117 pitches in his previous start.

"The back (stiffness) wasn't caused by the 117th pitch," Ausmus said. "He felt it before, like in the fourth inning. We are certainly not going to scale him back to 80 pitches or anything like that. How well he feels will dictate how long he goes."

Alfredo Simon will get the start Wednesday and Kyle Ryan on Thursday.

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