=== Tigers turn to Verlander for finale with Indians ===
 
 (Sports Network) - The Detroit Tigers' domination over the Cleveland Indians
 this season is a big reason why they own a comfortable advantage atop the AL
 Central.
 
 Justin Verlander and the Tigers look to close out their season series with the
 Indians on Sunday afternoon with a sweep of a three-game set.
 
 Detroit has won seven straight and 15 of its 18 meetings with Cleveland this
 season. That has helped the Tigers open up an 8 1/2-game lead over the
 struggling Indians for the top spot in the division.
 
 They'll look for the sweep today behind Verlander, who hopes to find the win
 column for the first time in five starts, having lost a pair of decisions and
 pitching to a 5.00 earned run average since beating Cleveland on Aug. 6.
 
 The strikeouts have been there for Verlander over his winless stretch, with 24
 over 27 innings, but he has also been touched for five homers and never
 recovered after a rough first inning on Tuesday versus Oakland.
 
 The righty needed 44 pitches to get through the opening frame and ended up
 allowing five runs -- three earned -- on four hits and three walks over his
 five-inning outing. The loss dropped Verlander to 12-10 with a 3.73 earned run
 average in 28 starts, the first time he has reached double-digits in setbacks
 since an 11-17 campaign in 2008.
 
 "I don't feel fatigued. At my age it's not like I'm dropping velocity," the
 30-year-old Verlander said. "I think it's more of a mechanical thing than
 anything."
 
 Verlander is 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA in four starts versus the Indians this year,
 throwing eight innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts to win in
 Cleveland on Aug. 6.
 
 Winless since his MLB debut in July, Danny Salazar gets the call today for the
 Indians.
 
 The right-hander picked up a win over Toronto on July 11, but has gone 0-2 in
 four starts since returning to the club in August. Salazar has allowed three
 runs or fewer in four of his five outings, including Tuesday's 2-0 loss at
 Atlanta, but he lasted just four innings and 77 pitches in that contest.
 
 Salazar yielded two runs on three hits and a pair of walks in the loss,
 falling to 1-2 with a 3.67 ERA.
 
 The 23-year-old had one of his better outings on Aug. 7 versus Detroit,
 lasting a season-high 7 2/3 innings and striking out 10. However, he did not
 factor into a 6-5 loss.
 
 Salazar may face a Tigers lineup that again could be without slugger Miguel
 Cabrera, who did not play on Saturday after having exited each of Detroit's
 previous two games early because of abdominal irritation.
 
 Cabrera leads the majors with a .358 average and 130 RBI, while his 43 homers
 are second only to Chris Davis' 47 for Baltimore.
 
 Minus the reigning Triple Crown winner, Omar Infante came through with a pair
 of homers to pace last night's 10-6 win. He connected on a three-run shot in
 the second inning and added a two-run homer in the sixth.
 
 "Omar hitting those two home runs, that definitely set the tone for us
 tonight," said Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson, who had a two-run triple in
 a key four-run eighth inning.
 
 Anibal Sanchez surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk over 6 2/3
 innings to pick up the win, Detroit's third in a row.
 
 Scott Kazmir allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over five frames
 for Cleveland, which has dropped five consecutive contests and also is now 4
 1/2 games back of the league's second wild card spot.
 
 Carlos Santana had a two-run, inside-the-park homer in defeat, while Yan Gomes
 added a solo home run.
 
 "We fought back, which was good to see, but they just kept scoring," said
 Indians manager Terry Francona, whose club has been outscored 25-10 over the
 five-game slide.
 
 09/01 07:56:17 ET