A caller from Detroit broke the news to Virgil Trucks about what Justin Verlander had just done in Toronto.

"That's great," Trucks said. "I'm glad to hear it. Give him my congratulations."

Until today, Trucks, now 94, had been the only pitcher to throw two no-hitters for the Tigers. He threw both in 1952.

With their two no-hitters apiece, Verlander and Trucks account for more than half of the seven no-hitters thrown by Tigers pitchers.

Throughout tonight's phone interview from his home in Calera, Ala., Trucks showed no dismay at having just learned his club record for no-hitters had been matched. He even sounded eager to have it broken.

"If he has a good change-up, he might throw another no-hitter," Trucks said.

Trucks was thinking about Verlander's change-up when he watched his previous start on ESPN, Monday night against the Yankees. In that one, Verlander lasted six innings and threw a whopping 127 pitches.

"He's got a good fastball in the high 90s," Trucks said. "I don't know why he's getting mistreated."

By "mistreated," Trucks referred to the enigma that Verlander's season had become before today. Although he hadn't gotten crushed in any game, he had only a few times pitched with dominance into the late innings, as he often has in the past.