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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%: 98/92 | Average Draft Position: 9.42
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Justin Verlander strikes out seven in win vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander picked up a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on eight hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out seven in his team's 8-6 win over the White Sox.

Verlander (3-1) surrendered a solo home run in the top of the first inning before watching his team score eight runs over the first five innings to build a comfortable lead. The White Sox were only able to stratch out a run in the sixth inning against Verlander before left the game. He owns a 2.18 ERA and 27:12 K:BB ratio in 33 innings. Verlander is set to face the Twins on the road Sunday.


Justin Verlander walks four in five innings, escapes with win No. 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander showed some command issues and issued for walks on Thursday. However, he still managed to escape with his second win of the season in a 7-5 victory over Cleveland.

Making his fourth start of the season, Verlander (2-1) permitted a run-scoring single to David Murphy in the fourth and a two-run single to Michael Brantley in the following frame. He surrendered three unearned runs on six hits and four walks while striking out seven over five innings. He tossed 113 pitches, 74 of which came for strikes.

Verlander has struck out at least seven in each of his last two starts. He owns a 2.08 ERA and 1.35 WHIP along with 20:10 K:BB ratio over 26 innings. He'll make his next start Tuesday at home against the White Sox.

Postponement forces Tigers to shuffle rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) The postponement of Tuesday's game vs. Cleveland forced the Tigers to shuffle their rotation.

Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, has been pushed back to Wednesday. Justin Verlander will remain Thursday's starter, but Drew Smyly -- who was slated to start Wednesday -- has been pushed back until the weekend series against the Angels, per MLB.com.


Tigers align rotation plans for upcoming week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) The Tigers announced Sunday their rotation plans heading into a three-game series vs. Cleveland, which starts Tuesday.

Anibal Sanchez will start the series opener, and he will be followed by Drew Smyly and Justin Verlander.

Rick Porcello will then open up a weekend series against the Angels on Friday, and he will be followed by Max Scherzer before the rotation resets. Manager Brad Ausmus wanted to split up Verlander and Scherzer.


Justin Verlander comes out on top vs. Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander came out on top for his first win of the season Saturday night against the Padres in San Diego.

Verlander (1-1) gave up a sacrifice fly in the first and a run-scoring single to Yasmani Grandal in the fourth for his only damage of the night. He yielded two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out eight in seven innings pitched. He tossed 110 pitches, 73 of which were strikes.

Verlander has not allowed more than two earned runs in each of his first three starts. He's posted a 2.57 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP through 21 innings of work.


Justin Verlander loses tightly contested pitcher's duel


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander pitched well over eight innings Sunday against the Orioles, but opposing starter Chris Tillman was just that much better during a 3-1 win for Baltimore.

Verlander (0-1) allowed just two runs on five hits and two walks in eight innings. He struck out three. But Tillman allowed just one run in 8 1/3 innings -- winning Sunday's pitcher's duel.

Verlander held a 1-0 lead before Nelson Cruz tied the game with an two-out RBI double in the sixth inning. The Orioles took the lead for good on Adam Jones' sac fly with two outs in the eighth.

Verlander's next scheduled start is likely to come Saturday against the Padres.


Rainout changes weekend rotation plans for Tigers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Tigers ace Justin Verlander will maintain his Sunday start against the Orioles despite the rainout Thursday against the Royals that could have pushed it back.

The result of the rainout is pitcher Drew Smyly will be skipped in the rotation. Anibal Sanchez, who was scheduled to start Thursday, will pitch Friday and Rick Porcello will start Saturday.


Justin Verlander has just one bad inning in first start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Coming off an impressive spring, Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander took the hill in Monday's season opener against the Royals. However, Verlander was on the hook for the loss until Detroit rallied late for a 4-3 win.

Verlander opened the game with three scoreless innings before running into some trouble in the fourth inning. The Royals sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs to go ahead 3-1. Salvador Perez had an RBI double, Lorenzo Cain had an RBI single and Omar Infante walked with the bases loaded to get the final run off Verlander. Though, Verlander avoided the loss when Detroit tied the game at 3 in the seventh.

The right-hander was charged with three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks, while striking out two in six innings. His next scheduled start is for Sunday against the Orioles.


Justin Verlander has very impressive spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander continued his spring dominance Wednesday against the Phillies and continues to show no lingering issues after undergoing core muscle surgery in January.

Verlander kept his ERA unblemished after throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday. The veteran right-handed hurler allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out seven.

Verlander has not allowed a run in 21 innings this spring (four starts) and has recorded 17 strikeouts. He's allowed just eight hits and five walks.


Justin Verlander puts up five more zeroes in fine outing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander continued Friday to give every indication his mediocre 2013 season was merely a mirage. He maintained his 0.00 ERA by shutting out an Atlanta lineup using several starters over five innings. He gave up five hits and one walk, striking out four.

Verlander managed just a 13-12 mark in 2013 with a 3.46 ERA that was nearly one point higher than the one he recorded in 2012. Bue he rebounded to pitch well in the postseason and has picked up where he left off this spring.


Justin Verlander tabbed for opening day start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Monday starting pitcher Justin Verlander will be the opening day starter. There was some concern Verlander might not be ready for the start of the season after undergoing core muscle surgery in January, but Verlander hasn't allowed a run in 8 2/3 spring innings.

Justin Verlander throws five scoreless Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander tossed five scoreless innings Sunday against the Nationals.

Verlander's spring has been abbreviated due to recovery from core surgery. Though it was just his second spring start, Verlander was able to pitch five innings. He allowed just one hit, and walked one batter. He struck out four during the appearance. 

Verlander posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings last year.


Justin Verlander tosses 3 2/3 scoreless innings in spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (abdomen) made his spring debut Tuesday against the Blue Jays, and had a pretty productive afternoon. Verlander didn't allow a run in 3 2/3 innings, while surrendering just one hit and two walks.

The right-hander, who underwent core muscle surgery in January, was 11 for 11 on strikes in the first inning and finished with 36 of 52 pitches for strikes, per The Detroit News. Verlander had two strikeouts. He faced a Blue Jays lineup that featured Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion.


Justin Verlander expects to throw 50-55 pitches Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Tigers starter Justin Verlander expects to throw 50-55 pitches during Tuesday's spring start, according to mlive.com.

Verlander is working his way back from offseason surgery on a core muscle. It will be Verlander's first start of the spring. Verlander posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings last year.


Justin Verlander cleared for Thursday start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been cleared to start Thursday, according to mlive.com.

Verlander looked good during an early bullpen session Sunday, and coaches decided he was good to go. He's been limited after offseason surgery on his core. He'll start against the Phillies Thursday. Verlander posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings last year. He's aiming to be at full strength by opening day.


Justin Verlander feeling good after first live BP session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2014) Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (abdomen) felt fine after throwing his first live batting practice session Monday. Although, Verlander was disappointed a few pitches did get away from him.

"I don't ever expect to be off," Verlander said, per MLive.com. "Even though I know that's happened every year at this point in time, even though I know that, I think, 'Maybe this is the year it'll be perfect.' It never is."

Verlander is scheduled for another batting practice session Thursday and will then pitch in a spring game, if he suffers no setbacks.

"I feel fine," he said. "I'm not even thinking about it anymore. I even slipped on a curveball and still didn't feel it, so that was really good."


Justin Verlander to throw batting practice Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander might throw batting practice Monday, according to mlive.com.

Verlander was able to get through a 60 pitch bullpen session Friday. He came into camp recovering from offseason season muscle surgery, but appears to be inching closer to a return.

Verlander posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings last year.


Brad Ausmus undecided on opening day starter


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is undecided on who will start opening day, according to MLB.com.

Justin Verlander has been the team's opening day starter in the past, but faces competition from both Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez. Ausmus mentioned all three members of his rotation will be considered for the opening day start. "You really have three legitimate Opening Day starter type pitchers on the roster," Ausmus said. 

Verlander is likely the favorite considering his track record, but he's expected to take it easy early in camp. If he can't ramp up his activities as the season nears, Sanchez or Scherzer could sneak in and take the role.


Justin Verlander feels good after 54-pitch bullpen session


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander felt good after throwing 54 pitches in his bullpen session Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

"He felt good," manager Brad Ausmus said. "[Pitching coach] Jeff Jones said he looked good."

Verlander didn't face live hitters Tuesday with the rest of the Tiger pitchers, but he may get the chance to do so later in the week. His first spring-training start will also be delayed as he continues to recover from offseason muscle surgery.


Justin Verlander not throwing live batting practice Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is not throwing live batting practice Tuesday, according to mlive.com.

Verlander is recoving from offseason muscle surgery, but has progressed well during spring training. The fact that he's not being used for live batting practice shouldn't be seen as a set-back. The team probably doesn't want him performing unnecessary work at this time. Verlander is still on track to toss a 45 to 50 pitch bullpen session Tuesday. His progress will be monitored closely during the spring, but he still been optimistic about his chances for opening day.

Verlander posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings last season.


Justin Verlander taking part in every drill Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is taking part in every drill Sunday, according to mlive.com.

It's the first time this spring Verlander is taking part in every drill. He's been limited after muscle surgery during the offseason, but stressed that he expects to be ready for opening day. Verlander posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings last year.


Justin Verlander chipper after Saturday bullpen session


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) A 41-pitch bullpen session had Tigers premier right-hander Justin Verlander speaking optimistically about his availability for the start of the regular season. Verlander underwent surgery for core-muscle repair six weeks ago.

"It's getting to where I don't feel anything in my hips or my groing ... where I had surgery," he told the Detroit Free Press. "I'm focusing on what I normally do at this time - getting my arm in shape and refining my mechanics."

Verlander took a step back in 2013. His ERA rose nearly a point from 2012 to 3.46, his highest since 2008, though he did rebound to perform well in the postseason.


Tigers will use 'an abundance of caution' with Justin Verlander


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) The Tigers will treat pitcher Justin Verlander with "an abundance of caution" during spring training, according to mlive.com.

Verlander is recovering from offseason muscle surgery, but is expected to pitch in five games during the spring. Verlander has a lot of innings on his arm, so the team wants to save his bullets for the regular season. Verlander posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings. 


Justin Verlander hoping to pitch in five spring games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is hoping to pitch in five games this spring, according to mlive.com.

Verlander is recovering after offseason muscle surgery, but is said to be way ahead of schedule. He was able to throw 20 pitches off a mound Tuesday, and said he felt fine. Verlander hopes he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. He posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings last season.


Justin Verlander 'way ahead of schedule'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones said pitcher Justin Verlander is "way ahead of schedule," according to the Detroit Free Press.

Verlander's outlook has steadily improved the past few weeks. It was initially thought he was questionable for opening day, but has improved enough that team executives think he'll be ready once the year starts. 

Verlander had surgery to repair a muscle during the offseason. He posted a 3.46 ERA in 218 1/3 innings last season.