MLB: Detroit 3, Oakland 0

Sept. 18, 2011 at 7:57 PM

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Cy Young Award favorite Justin Verlander racked up his 24th victory of the year Sunday, sparking the Detroit Tigers' 3-0 whitewash of Oakland.

Verlander (24-5) also is emerging as a strong candidate for American League MVP with his late-season dominance. He handcuffed Oakland on just three hits and three walks, notching a win in his 12th straight start.

The right-hander became the first AL pitcher to record 24 wins since Oakland's Bob Welch won 27 in 1990.

Austin Jackson led the Tigers at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a solo homer for the AL Central champion Tigers.

The Athletics' Guillermo Moscoso (8-9) was the tough-luck loser, surrendering only one hit over six innings -- Jackson's homer in the sixth.

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