Who: vs. Tigers
When: 1:35 p.m. Sunday
TV; radio: FSS; 680 AM, 100.5 FM
Sunday’s matchup: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (7-4, 4.17 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Justin Verlander (8-5, 3.94).
* Hanson is 4-2 with a 6.02 ERA in his past eight starts. He went 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA in a stretch of five starts between his two terrible outings, the most recent coming Tuesday when he gave up career-highs of 13 hits and nine runs in 3-2/3 innings Tuesday against the White Sox. Hanson hasn’t faced the Tigers.
* Verlander had gone 7-2 with a 2.71 ERA and .187 opponents’ average over a span of nine starts before getting shelled for five runs and five hits in two innings Tuesday against the Mets in New York. He held the Braves to one run in seven innings to win his only start against them, in 2007. Chipper Jones is 1-for-3 with a homer against him, and Melky Cabrera is 2-for-11.
* DAVID O’BRIEN