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Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) throws a pitch during their 2020 season home opening game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit, on Monday, July 27, 2020.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer was in a groove on Aug. 14, 2016, against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Brad Ausmus, the manager at the time, didn’t think twice about pulling him after the eighth inning. Fulmer confirmed his ninth-inning plan with Justin Verlander and, lo and behold, he became the first Tigers rookie to throw a complete-game shutout since Verlander in 2006.

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