He still wasn?t prepared.In his return to Detroit http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/aut...d-brach-jersey , Verlander received three standing ovations while pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Monday night.Verlander (15-9) made his major league debut with the Tigers in 2005 and ranks among the top 10 on several of the team?s career lists. He struck out 10 over seven innings in his first time on the Comerica Park mound since being traded to Houston in August 2017.?Our hotel is right near my old house, so I got to spend some time in the neighborhood today,? he said. ?I was trying to keep my routine as much as possible.?That hope ended early, as the scoreboard played a tribute video as Verlander was walking in from the bullpen after his pregame warmups. He stopped, alone in shallow right-center field, and watched the entire show.?It was almost normal until the tribute video, but that really got to me,? he said. ?I had a lot of great memories in my 13 years here, and that brought it all back. I wanted to get to the dugout before it started, but once it started playing, I had to watch.?Verlander received his first ovation at the end of the video, and another when he came out for the first inning. Each time, he tipped his cap and waved to the fans.The longest cheer, though, came when he walked off the mound after the seventh, having thrown 104 pitches.?The one after the seventh really meant the world to me,? he said. ?The fans here were always great to be here Colby Rasmus Jersey , and they showed that again tonight. That was a really emotional moment.?The crowd was announced at 19,711 ? the Detroit Lions opened their season next door Monday night against the New York Jets.?Tonight mattered a lot to him,? Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ?It is important to him that he pitched here and succeeded here, so it was special for him to get back on that mound.?The World Series champion Astros opened a three-game lead over Oakland atop the AL West despite a sloppy game that came after a Sunday night loss in Boston.?I?m proud of our guys, because there was a lot going on today, and we didn?t play our best game, but we still found a way to pull out a win,? Hinch said.Verlander allowed two runs on six hits and one walk, improving to 98-50 at Comerica Park. Max Scherzer is second in career wins at the stadium with 46, while Jordan Zimmermann leads current Tigers with 14.?He got exactly the response he deserved from our fans,? Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ?He was a great pitcher here for a long time, and he did a lot of great things for this city.?The Tigers put two runners on in the seventh, but Verlander struck out JaCoby Jones and Jeimer Candelario to escape with a 3-2 lead. He tipped his cap again as the fans came to their feet after the final pitch to Candelario.?This was a special night,? Verlander said.Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his 16th save, including seven with Houston.Francisco Liriano (4-10) allowed three unearned runs on four hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out seven in his longest outing since pitching six innings on July 4.The Tigers took the lead in the second. Niko Goodrum doubled and later scored on a single by Dawel Lugo.Liriano?s wild pitch and an error by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez allowed the Astros to score three unearned runs in the third. Tyler White and Marwin Gonzalez hit RBI singles, while the Tigers failed to turn two potential double plays.?You have to make plays,? Gardenhire said. ?When you miss plays http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/aut...-gentry-jersey , that?s what always happens. We had a chance to get some outs, didn?t do it, and it cost us runs.?Verlander settled down after the second, retiring the next nine batters. Candelario walked to start the sixth, Christin Stewart followed with his first major league hit and Nicholas Castellanos had a sacrifice fly.?If someone had told me that I was going to get my first hit off Justin Verlander in my first major league start . geez,? Stewart said. ?It was a pretty out-of-body experience.?Castellanos made a leaping catch at the right field fence to take an extra-base hit away from Gonzalez in the eighth.Josh Reddick, in the game for Houston as a defensive replacement, started an inning-ending double play in the eighth with a sliding catch in left field.EARLY STARTThe game started at 6:10 p.m., an hour earlier than originally scheduled, to try to ease traffic congestion with the Lions playing at Ford Field. A day game wasn?t possible because of the Astros playing on Sunday night in Boston.UP NEXTThe teams continue their three-game series Tuesday night with Zimmermann (7-6, 4.03 ERA) facing Houston?s Framber Valdez (3-1, 1.37). BALTIMORE (AP) ? A historic defeat for the Baltimore Orioles wasn?t much different than the 106 that preceded it.Baltimore managed only three hits in falling to Toronto 5-0 on Monday night and tied an Orioles record for losses in a season.?It?s frustrating, to say the least,? first baseman Chris Davis said. ?Once we hit 100, it was kind of like, I don?t know, I honestly didn?t have any words for it. It was embarrassing.?Rookie Ryan Borucki pitched eight sharp innings for the Blue Jays Andrew Cashner Jersey , who have won 13 of 17 games between the two bottom teams in the AL East.Toronto stands 25 games better than the Orioles, whose 43-107 record is worst in the majors. Since the franchise came to Baltimore in 1954, the only other Orioles team with 107 defeats was the 1988 club, which started 0-21 on its way to a 54-107 finish.The franchise record for losses is 111, by the 1939 St. Louis Browns ? a mark well within reach of this team.?It?s one of those things you never want to be associated with,? Davis said.Baltimore has been blanked 15 times and owns a major league-worst 26-49 record at home. Only 8,198 fans showed up at soggy Camden Yards to watch yet another defeat.The major league record is 120 losses, set by the expansion New York Mets in 1962. With a victory over the White Sox on Sunday, the Orioles can?t lose more than 119.Not that it?s any consolation in a lost season.?I?d be lying if I said I wasn?t a little down right now because of the loss and the way things are going,? said Davis, who?s batting .172 as the highest-paid player on the team.Borucki (4-4) gave up three singles, struck out seven and walked one in his 15th career start. The left-hander allowed two runners to reach third base, one of whom got there during a near triple play.?Defense made a lot of nice plays for me and I was getting a lot of ground balls,? Borucki said.With runners on first and second and no outs in the Baltimore third, Austin Wynns hit a low liner to shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who gloved the ball and then let it drop to the ground. The ploy caught the Orioles flat-footed, and Toronto turned a 6-4-3 double play before Baltimore?s Renato Nunez barely beat the relay to third base.?A lower throw we get three http://www.oriolesfanproshop.com/aut...e-sisco-jersey ,? Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ?With first and second and no out, that?s big. They get a knock there you have a different score.?The Blue Jays got all the offense they needed in the third inning against Evan Phillips, who was obtained from Atlanta in the July 31 trade that sent Kevin Gausman and Darren O?Day to the Braves.Making his first major league start, Phillips (0-1) retired the first five batters he faced before Kevin Pillar doubled, Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI single and Danny Jansen homered to left. Pillar homered in the seventh, and Aledmys Diaz went deep in the ninth.TRAINER?S ROOMBlue Jays: 3B Brandon Drury had the brace removed from his fractured left hand and is beginning a strengthening regiment, to be followed by hitting. Obtained in the trade that sent J.A. Happ to the Yankees, Drury is likely done for the season. ? RHP Justin Shafer had an MRI, which revealed a flexor strain in his right elbow. He will be shut down until the team returns to Toronto, then re-evaluated.Orioles: C Chance Sisco remained in concussion protocol after being struck in the chin by a foul ball in Sunday?s game against the White Sox.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (4-6, 4.90 ERA) makes his 20th start, the fifth since returning from the 60-day DL with a finger injury. He pitched seven innings of three-hit ball against Boston last week.Orioles: Dylan Bundy (8-14, 5.48 ERA) seeks to win a second straight start. He was winless since July 29 before defeating Oakland last Thursday.