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DETROIT (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The last time Justin Verlander pitched against the Texas Rangers, he was chased.

He allowed eight runs on six hits in Arlington on May 16, hitting a batter, allowing a home run and walking off the mound in the third inning.

But this afternoon at Comerica Park, Verlander was doing the chasing - for a third no-hitter.

And Mitch Moreland's double with two outs in the seventh inning ended that chase early.

Moreland dropped a hanging breaking ball into the right-centerfield gap, denying Verlander a chance to join a short list of pitchers in major league history with three or more no-hitters.

Those pitchers are Nolan Ryan (7), Sandy Koufax (4), Bob Feller (3), Cy Young (3) and Larry Corcoran (3).

Verlander left the game with a tight right quadmuscle, the Tigers announced. He pitched seven innings, allowing only that double to Moreland. He struck out three and walked three over 105 pitches in the Tigers' 5-0 win over Texas.

Earlier in the day, Verlander was replaced on the American League All-Star team by Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman.

Verlander wasn't going to pitch on Tuesday in New York after today's start, but willtraveland participate in festivities.

Torii Hunter jumped the Tigers' offense in the first inning with a solo shot, a theme that was continued in the fourth when Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta went back-to-back with solo home runs.

The home run of Texas lefty Martin Perez extended Martinez's hitting streak to 15 games. It was his lone hit of the day.

Hunter and Peralta each had two hits, and Miguel Cabrera went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.

In the sixth, the Tigers tacked on two more runs on singles from Peralta - chasing Perez -- and Matt Tuiasosopo, off reliever Cory Burns.

Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit combined to pitch two innings of scoreless relief after Verlander.

The Tigers finish the first half at 52-42. They return to action next Friday night in Kansas City.

Contact Anthony Fenech: 313-223-4527 or afenech@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter@anthonyfenech.

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