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Verlander, Tigers Blank Astros 5-0 In Grapefruit League Action

Final Score: Detroit 5, Houston 0

Kissimmee, FL (Sports Network) - Victor Martinez had two hits and drove in a pair of runs to push Detroit past Houston, 5-0, in Grapefruit League action.

Andy Dirks also went 2-for-4 with two RBI while Brandon Inge added a double and a run scored for the Tigers.

Justin Verlander yielded three hits and struck out three over 3 2/3 shutout frames in a starting role. Darren Oliver and Adam Wilk each tossed a pair of scoreless innings in relief to complete the shutout.

Hunter Pence had two of Houston's five hits. Wandy Rodriguez took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk over three frames.

Without the newly-injured Jason Castro in the lineup, catchers Brian Esposito and Humberto Quintero combined to go 0-3 at the plate, with Esposito managing to draw the only walk of the game for Houston hitters. 

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