Verlander sharp, Martinez and Tigers beat Astros

Justin Verlander was sharp for 3 2-3 innings and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double as the Detroit Tigers beat a Houston Astros split squad 5-0 Saturday. Verlander gave up three hits and struck out three. Rookie left-hander Andy Oliver pitched two hitless innings, striking out the Astros in order in the sixth. The Astros' other split squad didn't hit any better, losing 1-0 to St. Louis. Martinez had two hits, including his double in the third off Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez. Magglio Ordonez was scratched from Detroit's lineup because of spasms in his left hamstring. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)