First of all, Victor Martinez might not miss any time — despite the fact he was writhing in pain at the plate in the eighth inning Saturday night.

"I felt a sharp pain," Martinez said about the left-knee sprain he suffered in the Tigers' 4-3 victory over the Royals. "But on the way up (to the trainer's room) I could feel the pain going away. Everything looks pretty good."

Second of all, you have company, Willie.

With his 32nd consecutive save, tying the Tigers' record first accomplished in 1984 by Guillermo Hernandez, Jose Valderde not only preserved the Tigers' win, but Justin Verlander's 16th victory as well.

"You look at his body of work and a lot of them haven't been easy saves," Verlander said. "He's done an outstanding job."

Valverde struck out the first two batters he faced, then retired rookie Johnny Giavotella on a pop-up to short for the final out.

Verlander lasted seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out eight. He's now 16-5 for the season.

"Two more months to go," he said. "I'm not worried about how many wins I have. How much we're in first place is all that matters."

The Martinez scare was exactly that. With runners at second and third and one out, he headed home on Andy Dirks' grounder to second.