Those two guys had made Verlander's life miserable in their previous encounters -- Butler was batting .430 (34-for-79) and Perez was hitting .467 (14-for-30) against him.
"I don't know what I'm more excited about -- my 150th win or keeping those guys down," Verlander said. "I'm just kidding."
Or was he?
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.