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Justin Verlander will try to find a way to slow down Nelson Cruz and the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, as the Detroit Tigers aim to even the best-of-five American League Division Series at a game apiece in Game 2 at Camden Yards. [url=http://www.galaxymlsshop.us/AJDeLaGarza-Galaxy-Jersey/]A.J.DeLaGarza Jersey[/url] . Cruz set the tone with a two-run homer in the first inning, and Baltimore scored eight times in the eighth to pull away for a 12-3 victory in Game 1. The major league leader with 40 homers during the regular season, Cruz added an RBI single to his early blast off Max Scherzer. J.J. Hardy delivered a solo homer later on, while Alejandro De Aza and Jonathan Schoop each finished 2- for-4 with two RBI in the win. Cruz now has 15 postseason home runs and owns a career postseason slugging percentage of .700, which is third all-time for players with at least 100 postseason plate appearances, trailing only Babe Ruth (.744) and Lou Gehrig (.731). Well see what tomorrow brings, manager Buck Showalter said. Quickly. Chris Tillman (1-0) surrendered back-to-back solo homers to Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez in the second inning, but permitted just two other hits while striking out six over five frames. Miguel Cabrera homered off Darren ODay in the top of the eighth to bring Detroit within 4-3, before the Orioles sent 12 men to the plate in their half of the inning to turn the contest into a rout. Up until that point in the game, it was a pretty good game and it just got away from us, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Youve got to credit the Baltimore Oriole hitters as well. Scherzer (0-1) was charged with five runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings of work. The AL East champion Orioles may have a tougher go of it on Friday against Verlander, who has been perfect in seven ALDS starts, going 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA. Verlander, though, finished the regular season 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA, his highest since 2008. He also gave up an AL-leading 104 earned runs in 206 innings, allowed nearly 10 hits per nine innings and saw his strikeout total significantly drop for the second year in a row. Its certainly been a down season overall for him, Ausmus said. But certainly the last couple of outings have been outstanding. Verlander did finish the season strong and allowed just two runs over his final two starts. He is 9-2 lifetime versus the Os with a 3.43 ERA in 15 starts. It was the end of the year, and its nice to finish strong, Verlander said. But you come into the postseason, and its a whole new season. Baltimore, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who was terrific for the Orioles this season, registering a 16-6 record with a 3.54 ERA. Chen also ended the year on a high note and pitched to a 2.05 ERA in five September starts. Chen, who won his last five decisions at home and was 8-2 with a 3.76 ERA at Camden this season, allowed one earned run over 6 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees in his only other postseason start during the 2012 ALDS. Of course (if) you have experience in playoffs, you will know how the crowds would be and how the environment would be, Chen said. But (Ill) keep doing the same thing I was in the season, so it doesnt change that much for me. These two teams have never met one another in the postseason, but the Tigers were 5-1 against the Os in the regular season. [url=http://www.galaxymlsshop.us/Donovan-Ricketts-Galaxy-Jersey/]Donovan Ricketts Jersey[/url] . The Leafs were back on the ice Wednesday following an 10-day break. It apparently wasnt long enough, as Team Canadas 2-1 win over Latvia didnt conclude before the Leafs began practice. "I was thinking we might get a little delay, but it was nice to get out there," said Tyler Bozak of watching Wednesdays game. 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Toronto will fall to the No. 4 spot if it loses and the Bulls top the Bobcats. In the postseason for the first time since 2007-08, the Atlantic Division- champion Raptors set a franchise record for wins with Mondays 110-100 victory versus the Milwaukee Bucks at Air Canada Centre. Greivis Vasquez started in place of DeMar DeRozan and made five 3-pointers en route to 25 points, while Kyle Lowry added 24 points for Toronto, which posted its team-best 48th win. DeMar DeRozan, who was held out of Mondays win over Milwaukee for rest, will return to the lineup. The previous record of 47 wins was achieved twice in 2000-01 and 2006-07. "I always have been ready for any opportunity since I got here," Vasquez said. "Im all about winning and they gave me a chance to start, and I want to help the team win and have a presence in games." Jonas Valanciunas recorded 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors reached the 100-point mark for a seventh straight game. DeMar DeRozan, who was held out of Mondays win over Milwaukee for rest, will return to the lineup. His 22.8 scoring average is the highest since former Raptor and current Miami center Chris Bosh averaged 22.7 ppg in 2008-09. DeRozan is posting 24.2 points in the last six games. The Raptors have won nine of their last 11 games and will try to work on their 22-18 road record at MSG. They have won four of the lastt five road contests. [url=http://www.galaxymlsshop.us/Jelle-Van-Damme-Galaxy-Jersey/]Jelle Van Damme Galaxy Jersey[/url]. New York spoiled Brooklyns chances of locking up the No. 5 seed in the East with Tuesdays 109-98 victory over the Nets at Barclays Center. With All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony shut down for the rest of the season with a shoulder issue, rookie Tim Hardaway, Jr. posted a team-best 16 points. Amare Stoudemire, J.R. Smith and Shannon Brown scored 14 points apiece, while Cole Aldrich ended with 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who missed out on the eighth seed in the East. The Knicks have won three in a row and six of the last eight games. "You enjoy it more when youre in (the playoff hunt), when youre fighting for something." Smith said of the win. Meanwhile, an MRI on Anthonys shoulder revealed a small tear in the labrum of his right shoulder. The injury will not require surgery and he will be evaluated in a month. This could be Anthonys last season with the Knicks and he is a pending free agent. He will miss the playoffs for the first time in his career and averaged 27.4 ppg this season. Anthony could opt out of his contract this summer and test free agency. The Knicks, of course, hope to make some changes with Phil Jackson as the new team president and that could mean the departure of head coach Mike Woodson. 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