The Detroit Tigers snapped a three game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
Justin Verlander earned his first victory of the season after giving up just one run on four hits while striking out ten in eight innings.
Joakim Soria notched his 23rd save of the year.
Detroit was held off the scoreboard until the seventh inning when J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos each had an RBI single.
The Tigers begin a four-game series against the Orioles in Baltimore tonight.
First pitch is 7:05 p.m.
Alfredo Simon will start for Detroit and Miguel Gonzalez will take the hill for Baltimore.
For the first time since 2005, the Tigers will be sellers heading into the trade deadline.
Yesterday general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team will look at trading their free agents now with the hopes of becoming contenders next season.
Pitchers David Price, Alfredo Simon, closer Joakim Soria, outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Rajai Davis and catcher Alex Avila are on the market, but Dombrowski said a deal will only be made if it makes sense for the team.
The trade deadline is 4 p.m. tomorrow.
Cleveland Indians 12, Kansas City Royals 1
Detroit Tigers 2, Tampa Bay Rays 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 10, Minnesota Twins 4
Chicago Cubs 3, Colorado Rockies 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 8, Seattle Mariners 2
San Francisco Giants 5, Milwaukee Brewers 0
Toronto Blue Jays 8, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Chicago White Sox 9, Boston Red Sox 2
San Diego Padres 7, New York Mets 3
Washington Nationals 7, Miami Marlins 2
Baltimore Orioles 2, Atlanta Braves 0
Houston Astros 6, Los Angeles Angels 3
Texas Rangers 5, New York Yankees 2
Cincinnati Reds 1, St. Louis Cardinals 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 10, Oakland Athletics 7
By: Mike Plourde – for Great Lakes Radio Sports