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SAN DIEGO - Sometime soon, a baseball will be getting a prominent spot among the trophies on Justin Verlanders mantle. Its the ball he hit up the middle for a single in the second inning Saturday night, the one that will forever shut up his teammates. Verlander had the first two hits of his career and recovered from throwing 31 pitches in the first inning to pitch seven strong innings and lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. "It felt great. Its been a long time and I can finally get all these guys off my back ...," Verlander said. Verlander had been 0 for 26 with 15 strikeouts in his career when he stepped in against Ian Kennedy in the second inning and singled up the middle. When the ball came back to Kennedy, he tossed it to a ball boy near the Padres dugout. Home plate umpire Seth Buckminster motioned for the ball boy to throw it to the Tigers dugout. "I think the Padres and probably Ian didnt know that I had never had a hit," Verlander said. "Its been nine years in the big leagues now. They probably werent thinking about that but I sure as heck was. I was watching that ball like a hawk." The last time Verlander had a hit? "High school. Its been a long time," he said. "I guess I have no more leverage," catcher Alex Avila said. "Were all happy for him. It was fun to watch." Verlander cited a list of times when he came close to getting a hit. "I think its kind of been an anomaly that I havent had one yet," he said. "I feel like Ive probably hit five or six hard that have been caught." Verlander singled to right in the fourth, although he had to hustle to avoid being thrown out by Chris Denorfia. "I hit it pretty hard, too. It was a bang-bang play but I beat it out, thank goodness," said Verlander, who eventually scored on Torii Hunters two-run single. The sight of Verlander (1-1) on the mound at Petco Park was another reminder of how the Padres flubbed the top pick in the June 2004 amateur draft. Not wanting to pay a big signing bonus, the team passed on players such as Jered Weaver, Stephen Drew and Verlander in favour of local shortstop Matt Bush. Bush, who signed for $3 million, never reached the big leagues and had numerous off-field problems. In December 2012, he was sentenced to four years and three months in a Florida prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash. Verlander was taken by the Tigers with the second pick. He has thrown two no-hitters and came within two outs of a third, won the AL MVP and Cy Young Award in 2011, was voted AL Rookie of the Year in 2006 and is a six-time All-Star. Verlander allowed two runs and eight hits, struck out eight and walked one. He improved to 2-0 against the Padres, having also beaten them at Petco Park in 2008. "Hes a guy who obviously has that power arm when he needs to," San Diegos Yonder Alonso said. "He works his way into the game and if he feels like hes in trouble, hes going to attack. He made some good pitches but we just missed a lot of guys on base." The Tigers had plenty of offence one night after being held to one hit by Andrew Cashner in a 6-0 loss. Austin Jackson hit a two-run double one batter after Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked to load the bases in the ninth; Hunter, who missed the previous two games with a bruised left knee, hit a two-run single; and Cabrera and Ian Kinsler each had an RBI double. Rajai Davis scored three runs. San Diego got its runs on Jedd Gyorkos sacrifice fly and Yasmani Grandals RBI single. Kennedy (1-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one. NOTES: A candidate in the Padres in-season contest to find a new public address announcer committed a big flub in the first inning. As Cabrera, the two-time AL MVP, walked to the plate, he was announced as Austin Jackson. Cabrera turned and looked up at the booth. Frank Anthony, the Padres PA announcer since Petco Park opened in 2004, was fired in January so the team could hold open tryouts as part of the 10th anniversary of Petco Park. ... The series concludes Sunday when reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (0-0, 1.20 ERA) is scheduled to face Tyson Ross (0-2, 4.35). Mike McGlinchey Super Bowl Jersey . Last years runner-up, Sara Errani, also reached the last eight in straight sets. Flipkens converted all four of her break points against Meusburger, and the third-seeded Errani broke Karin Knapps serve five times to win their all-Italian match 6-4, 6-3. Kwon Alexander Super Bowl Jersey . 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Patrick Willis Super Bowl Jersey .ca MLB Power Rankings, the third consecutive week that the As have held top spot and the third straight week that they have been one ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.Brett Hull, St. Louis Blues (1995-96)[Credit: Hall of Fame Memorabilia]Brett Hull served as the captain of the St. Louis Blues from 1992-95, but was replaced by Shayne Corson, who signed with St. Louis prior to the 1995-96 season.Shayne Corson, St. Louis Blues (1996)[Credit: Upper Deck]Shayne Corson replaced Brett Hull as the captain of the Blues, but his time as captain – and with the Blues – didnt last very long. The team acquired Wayne Gretzky during the 1996 season and he was immediately named the captain for the remainder of the season. Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks (1997-98)[Credit: Vancouver Canucks]Trevor Linden was a fan favourite in Vancouver and served as the leader from 1991-97. The Canucks signed Mark Messier prior to the 1997-98 season and not only did Linden lose his captaincy to Messier, the Canucks traded Linden to the New York Islanders for Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe and a third-round draft pick that same season. Theoren Fleury, Calgary Flames (1997-98)[Credit: Flames Nation]Originally named interim captain of the Flames in 1995 because Joe Nieuwendyk refused to report to the team, his title was made permanent after Nieuwendyk was dealt to the Stars for Jarome Iginla and Corey Millen. He served as captain for two seasons before being replaced by Todd Simpson. Kevin Dineen, Carolina Hurricanes (1998-99)[Credit: Sports Ecyclopedia]Kevin Dineen was the last captain of the Hartford Whalers and the first captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. He served as Carolinas captain for only one season, before he was replaced by Keith Primeau in 1998.Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-01)[Credit: Chris OMeara/AP]Selected first overall by the Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Lecavalier, at the time, became the youngest captain in NHL history following his sophomore season. It didnt last very long, as Lightning management decided he was too young to be a captain heading into the 2001-02 season. He was renamed team captain on September 18, 2008, and served as the teams leader until he was bought out following the 2012-13 season. Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers (1999-00)[Credit: NHL Snipers]After suffering his second concussion of the year during a game in March of the 1999-00 season, Lindros criticized the teams medical staff for not properly diagnosing him with symptoms a few weeks before when he was hit. Bobby Clarke heard enough and stripped the "C" from Lindros, who sat out the rest of the year before returning for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It was his final season in a Flyers uniform.Eric Desjardins, Philadelphia Flyers (2001-02)[Credit: Philadelphia Flyers]After Eric Lindros came Eric Desjardins. Bobby Clarke wasnt going to rename a captain during the season, but Mark Recchi, John LeClair and Desjardins (all were alternate captains at the time) thought it was important to have a leader in the locker room and voted on Desjardins to be that guy. He resigned from the role early on in 2001-02 season and was replaced by Keith Primeau.Craig Conroy, Calgary Flames (2003-04)[Credit: Calgary Flames]Late into the 2001-02 season, Craig Conroy and tough guy Bob Boughner were named co-captains of the Flames. He resumed his role the following season. Heading into the 2003-04 campaign, Conroy, like a true captain, did what was best for the organization and decided that it was time for Jarome Iginla to take over as the teams leader. Derian Hatcher, Philadelphia Flyers (2006-07)[Credit: Philadelphia Flyers]After Keith Primeau suffered a career-ending injury during the 2005-06 season, Derian Hatcher was named his replacement for the remainder of the season. That was the only time he spent as Philadelphias captain because Peter Forsberg was given the "C" the following season when Primeau officially announced his retirement.Mike Modano, Dallas Stars (2006-07)[Credit: Fan Pop]Nearing the end of his career, Modano handed the "C" over to Brenden Morrow to give him some time to try to help lead the team in the new direction they were headed. Modano remained an alternate captain with the Stars for four more seasons, before finishing off his career with the Red Wings.Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devills (2007-08)[Credit: New Jersey Devils]Patrik Elias became the first European born captain in franchise history in 2006.dddddddddddd The following season, new coach Brent Sutter had different plans and stripped Elias of the "C" and gave it to Jamie Langenbrunner instead.Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks (2007-08)[Credit: Anaheim Ducks]While Scott Niedermayer was trying to decide whether or not he should retire following his fourth championship, the Ducks didnt have any time to waste. He was suspended by the team after failing to report to training camp. He returned to the lineup in December, but it was too late, as the Ducks handed the "C" over to Chris Pronger.Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks (2008-09)[Credit: Canada.com]Niedermayer contemplated retirement once again heading into the 2008-09 season, but he made a decision much quicker this time around. He decided to return for another year and the Ducks gave him back the "C". Pronger returned to his role as alternate captain.Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks (2009-10)[Credit: Canada.com]When Markus Naslund signed with the New York Rangers prior to the 2008-09 season, the Canucks were in need of a new leader. General manager Mike Gillis and head coach Alain Vigneault decided on Luongo as the teams 12th captain in franchise history. He became the seventh goalie in NHL history to be named captain and the first since 1948. He was replaced by Henrik Sedin prior to the 2010 season after stating he was stepping down.Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks (2009-10)[Credit: San Jose Sharks]After four consecutive years of failing to make it past the second round of the playoffs, the Sharks decided they needed a change of leadership. Patrick Marleau was stripped of the "C" after the Sharks were eliminated by the Ducks in the first round, after finishing the season with a franchise-record 53 wins and a league-high 117 points. He was replaced by Rob Blake for the 2009-10 season. Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche (2012-2013)[Credit: Denver Post]Milan Hejduk served as the Avalanches captain for the 2011-2012 season before he was replaced by Gabriel Landeskog, who surpassed Sidney Crosby as the youngest permanent captain in NHL history at 19 years, 286 days. The move was all about looking ahead for Colorado, as the 2012-13 campaign was Hejduks last. Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks (2014-15)[Credit: NHL]Joe Thornton has served as the captain of the Sharks since the 2010-11 season. Year after year theyve dominated the regular season, but have struggled come playoff time. After blowing a 3-0 series lead to the Kings in last seasons playoffs, they finally had enough. Head coach Todd McLellan and the rest of the management team have decided to let the players decide on the franchises next captain. Theres still a chance that Thornton might return as the captain this upcoming season, but we will have to wait and see. Honourable mentionsDarryl Sittler, Toronto Maple Leafs (1979)[Credit: Hockey Hall of Fame]Darryl Sittler and Leafs management didnt always see eye to eye on everything. Alan Eagleson told general manager Punch Imlach that it would cost the team $500,000 to get Sittler to waive his no-trade clause. Instead, Imlach traded one of Sitters closest friends and one of the teams top players, Lanny McDonald, to the Colorado Rockies. As a protest, Sittler ripped the "C" off his sweater, saying that the captain had to be the go-between with players and management, and he felt that he no longer had any communication with the guys upstairs. The following season, Sittler returned to the Leafs and the "C" was back on his sweater, despite Harold Ballard comparing his previous actions to burning the Canadian flag.Charlie Conway, D3 (1996)Charlie and his teammates were awarded scholarships in D3 to Eden Hall Academy, a high ranking prep school, so things changed for all of them. Having to join the varsity team, Conway lost his role as team captain, but earned it back during a timeout in the final game when coach Orion told him to go for the win if the opportunity presented itself. Sure enough, they won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Greg Goldberg that was set up by Conway. ' ' '