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35 Justin Verlander SP
Height/Weight: 6-5/225 | Birthdate: 2/20/1983 | Birthplace: Manakin-Sabot, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: Old Dominion | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $20,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 92/59 | Average Draft Position: 58.88
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Tigers' Ausmus impressed with Justin Verlander's live session


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) After watching pitcher Justin Verlander pitch during a live batting practice session Sunday, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he's never seen Verlander throw better, reports MLB.com.

"That's the best I've seen [Verlander throw] off the mound, stuff-wise since I got this job," Ausmus said.


Tigers SP Justin Verlander not quite ready to change approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said he's not sure yet if it's time to change his approach after posting a 4.54 ERA in 2014.

"I think it's a little unfair to judge on last season," he said Wednesday, per MLive.com. "I think it's a different story if I go out there this year and it's the same thing. ... I'm not going to judge changing my entire career based on an injury that plagued me last year. I don't think that's the right way to approach things."

Verlander couldn't prepare for the 2014 season as he usually does last offseason since he was coming off core muscle surgery.

"A couple of my off-speed pitches -- my curveball and slider specifically -- against righties, neither one of those pitches were good at all last year," Verlander said. "They just didn't have the same bite. I've already seen a pretty dramatic difference in my curveball. I haven't thrown any sliders yet, but the curveball seems to be a lot better already than it was at any point last year."


Tigers' Justin Verlander receiving positive reports after latest session


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, and has been receiving positive reports from catcher James McCann after his latest bullpen session on Tuesday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

"All bullpen long, he was hitting his spots," McCann said. "I was very impressed. That's a really good sign three days before camp even starts."

Verlander will turn 32 in the next few days, and is seeking a bounce-back campaign. General manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the Tigers are expecting big things from Verlander in 2015 after he went 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA in 2014.

"I talked to some of the trainers that have been down here, and they say he's throwing very well," said pitching coach Jeff Jones, who also attended Verlander's session. "He's very optimistic. He looks good, and that's the thing. He put on some weight, some good, strong weight."


Tigers' Justin Verlander throwing bullpen sessions ahead of camp


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is already throwing two bullpen sessions a week in preparation for spring training. Which, for Verlander, is not all that uncommon. Except, last season, Verlander could not do so, because he was still recovering from a core muscle injury that required surgery.

"Last year I hadn't even picked up a ball at this point," he said Friday according to The Detroit News.

Verlander finished 2014 with a 15-12 record in 206 innings with a 4.54 ERA and 159 strikeouts.


Tigers' Dombrowski expecting 'real big season' for Justin Verlander


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said last week this is the best he's felt physically approaching the start of spring training in at least three years.

Apparently, the optimism doesn't end with Verlander. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the Tigers are expecting big things from Verlander in 2015 after he posted a 4.54 ERA in 2014, failing to make the All-Star team for the first time in six seasons.

"Justin Verlander is as prime a pitcher as there is in the game of baseball," Dombrowski said, per the Detroit Free Press. "Last year, he was not the traditional Justin. But when you look at what he came back from with the surgery, I think he's going to go out and have a real big season for us."


Tigers' Verlander is feeling great physically as camp approaches


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said Thursday this is the best he's felt physically approaching the start of spring training in at least three years. Verlander dealt with some shoulder issues in 2014 after undergoing core muscle surgery near his left hip last offseason.

"I've added 20 pounds of muscle," he said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I busted my butt in the weight room. And my pitching motion already feels a lot more fluid now than it did a year ago. It was great having an uninterrupted offseason of training and conditioning. At this same time a year ago, I was barely a few days removed from having (core muscle) surgery."

Verlander knew he was going to face a challenging season in 2014 after he talked with Ian Kinsler and former teammate Torii Hunter, who both said it took them a full year to fully regain their lower-body strength after having similar procedures.

"I didn't want to use that as an excuse," Verlander said. "I didn't want to talk about it because there was nothing I could do about it. I just had to work through it and do the best that I could to get out there and pitch. But I was a twisted mess last season. I couldn't generate the power I needed from my hips and lower body. My strength doesn't come from my arm. But I've got no problem talking about it now because I know it's in the past."


Justin Verlander allows three runs in Game 2 no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander didn't factor into the decision Friday, giving up three earned runs on six hits and one walk in five innings while striking out four in his team's 7-6 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Verlander fell behind after surrendering a two-run home run in the third inning, but his offense delivered five runs in the top of the fourth inning to stake him to a 5-2 lead. He gave up just one more run on an RBI single in the fourth and left with the lead, but the rest of the damage came courtesy of the bullpen in the eighth inning. The Tigers head to Detroit down 2-0 needing a three-game winning streak to advance. Verlander isn't expected to get another start this round, though the team could alter its pitching schedule on the brink of elimination.


Max Scherzer to start ALDS opener for Tigers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Max Scherzer will start the first game of the AL Division Series. He will be followed by Justin Verlander, David Price and Rick Porcello in the rotation.

Justin Verlander continues heat-up with playoffs on horizon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander gave an encouraging effort Wednesday against the White Sox with a likely playoff appearance upcoming.

Verlander gave up one run on seven hits in eight innings to earn his 15th win. He walked none, fanned six and pitched shutout ball before an RBI triple by Dayan Viciedo in the sixth tied the game. He has allowed two earned runs in his last 15 2/3 innings pitched.


Justin Verlander turns in strong start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander turned in a strong start Friday against the Royals.

Verlander allowed one run on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out four and did not issue any walks during the appearance. Verlander was exceptional to start the game, going seven scoreless innings to start things off. After giving up a double to open the bottom of the eighth, Verlander was pulled from the game. The run wound up coming around to score after Verlander left. He was charged with the run.

With the win, Verlander improved to 14-12. He'll take on the Twins in his next start. 


Justin Verlander dealing with blister


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a blister on his right thumb that may have contributed to him leaving Sunday's start against the Indians after only 5 2/3 innings, according to the Detroit Free Press. He did throw 109 pitches, though.

"It got a little worse today, but judging how it's been in the past, usually it takes getting a little worse before it heals properly," Verlander said. "After my last start, it wasn't too bad, but there's like a crack in there and it continues to pull and get deeper and deeper."

Verlander wasn't sure if the blister would heal in time for his next start Saturday at Kansas City, but he doesn't intend to skip a turn.

"We'll see," he said. "I'm going to pitch, whether it's enough or not. I'll figure it out."


Justin Verlander labors into the sixth


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander lasted 5 2/3 innings Sunday against the Indians, receiving a no-decision in Detroit's 6-4 win. Verlander threw 109 pitches and allowed three runs on six hits, striking out six and walking three.

He'll face the Royals on the road Saturday.


Justin Verlander moves over .500


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander improved to 13-12 by going seven innings in Monday's 9-5 win over the Royals. Verlander allowed four runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one.

Verlander has yielded at least four earned runs in four of his last five starts, and his ERA stands at 4.82. He'll face the Indians at home Sunday.


Justin Verlander gets knocked around Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was knocked around Wednesday against the Indians. 

Verlander allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Cleveland chipped away at Verlander during the start. In the first inning, a two-run homer from Carlos Santana started the scoring. Verlander would get through the next two innings, but gave up two additional runs in the fourth. He again made it through two scoreless frames before giving up three more runs in the seventh. One run came after Verlander had already been pulled from the game.

With the loss, Verlander dropped to 12-12. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start. 


Justin Verlander admits shoulder was 'kind of fatigued'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander admitted his shoulder has been "kind of fatiged," according to MLB.com.

Verlander has missed time due to the issue, but was able to return without landing on the disabled list. He'll take on the Indians Wednesday. Verlander has a 4.68 ERA over 171 1/3 innings. 


Justin Verlander fans eight in win over White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander dominated the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, scattering one run on nine hits over seven innings to improve to 12-11 on the year. He struck out eight and walked two.

Verlander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last five starts. He owns a 4.68 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 27 starts (171 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at Cleveland.

Justin Verlander remains in line to pitch Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will remain the scheduled starter for Friday, MLB.com reports.

It was previously reported that Verlander would be moved up to start Thursday, as the team has a hole in the rotation to fill after Robbie Ray was sent to the minors. Thursday's scheduled starter has yet to be announced.


Justin Verlander moved up to Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will start Thursday's series finale against the Yankees on four days' rest, MLB.com reports.

Verlander was initially scheduled to pitch Friday, but he'll move up one day and take the spot of Robbie Ray, who was optioned to the minors after his last outing. Verlander surrendered four runs in 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's win.


Justin Verlander pulls out a win against Twins


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander had a tough start Saturday against the Twins.

Verlander allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three during the outing. Verlander was tagged relatively early by Minnesota. Though he was able to get through the first inning without allowing a run, he was tagged in the second. Kurt Suzuki was able to plate a run on a single with two outs. Verlander would work his way out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. The third inning proved to be troublesome. Verlander put the first two men to open the frame. Joe Mauer then drove in a run on a double. After picking up two strikeouts, Verlander gave up another double, this time bringing two runs home. 

The Tigers managed to give Verlander some run support, giving him a win. Verlander improved to 11-11. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start.


Justin Verlander to start Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander will start Game 2 of the team's Saturday doubleheader, according to the Detroit Free Press

Verlander has been sidelined since August 11 due to a shoulder injury. Verlander has been able to get through his bullpen sessions without any issues, and is ready to make his return. He has a 4.76 ERA over 158 2/3 innings. 


Justin Verlander appears set for Saturday start after bullpen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander seems likely to make his scheduled start Saturday against the Twins, after getting through a bullpen session Thursday.

Verlander, who missed his last turn in the rotation with shoulder soreness, got through a 35-pitch session without issue. According to MLive.com, he walked into manager Brad Ausmus's office after the session to deliver a high five, undoubtedly a good sign.

Verlander has not pitched since lasting just one inning in his Aug. 9 start against Pittsburgh. 


Justin Verlander says he's set to start Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers embattled right-hander Justin Verlander expects to start Saturday in Minnesota, though that is not set in stone, per MLive.com.

Verlander has been sidelined since Aug. 9 with shoulder soreness. He would return with a 10-11 mark, uncharacteristically high 4.76 ERA and just 118 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings.


Justin Verlander says he's starting Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander said he's planning to start Saturday, according to mlive.com.

The move is not guaranteed yet, but Verlander is "penciled in" to make the start. Verlander has been sidelined since August 11 due to shoulder soreness. He'll take on the Twins if he can make the start.


Justin Verlander could start Saturday for Tigers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander could start Saturday, according to the Detroit News.

Verlander threw from flat ground Tuesday without any issues. He'll from a bullpen session Thursday, and could start Saturday depending on how that session goes. He's been sidelined since August 11 with shoulder soreness. 


Justin Verlander able to throw off flat ground Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was able to throw off flat ground Tuesday, according to mlive.com.

Verlander threw from about 50 feet. It was the first time since he was diagnosed with shoulder soreness that he attempted to throw. Verlander was been sidelined since August 11 due to the injury.