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Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francoeur (21) celebrates with teammate Johnny Giavotella (9) after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

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Verlander, Tigers hang on for 4-3 win over Royals

Justin Verlander lasted seven innings despite some balky defense behind him and the Detroit Tigers hung on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Saturday night, moving their ace into a tie for the major league lead in wins.

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