Justin Verlander RUMORS & NEWS

  • Justin Verlander responds to leaked nude photos with Kate Upton

    USA Today "Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander today commented for the first time on leaked nude photos of him and girlfriend Kate Upton that surfaced during the holiday weekend. "I'm not going to comment on my personal life," Verlander said in the Tigers' clubhouse before tonight's game..." September 03

  • So far so good on Justin Verlander's shoulder, he could start for Tigers on Saturday

    Detroit News "Justin Verlander gave himself a gold star for Tuesday’s first test since he left the rotation last week with a shoulder ailment. It’s how he grades out Wednesday that counts for a pitcher who knows the day after a workout is often the real test of how much he has healed. If all is fine..." August 20

  • Justin Verlander: “I’m going to get other opinions” on shoulder injury

    Hardball Talk "So far Justin Verlander has avoided the disabled list after being diagnosed with an inflamed shoulder capsule, but the Tigers right-hander is expected to miss at least one turn in the rotation and will have specialists take a look at his test results following his initial examination by the team..." August 14

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    No major structural damage for Justin Verlander. Likely no DL.

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Verlander removed with right shoulder soreness. Will be further evaluated Tuessday.

  • Kate Upton: Yankees wouldn't let me wear Tigers gear

    Newark Star-Ledger "A dress code for Kate Upton? The supermodel told Michael Strahan on "Live! with Kelly and Michael" that the Yankees wouldn't let her wear the opposing team's clothes while sitting in the Legends seats at Yankee Stadium. She was there earlier this week to watch her boyfriend, Tigers' pitcher..." August 11

  • Justin Verlander wraps up scoreless spring with six shutout innings

    Michigan Live "Spring training numbers are not indicative of what is to come in the regular season. For example, Justin Verlander is bound to give up a run sometime in 2014. But he didn't this spring. Verlander finished Grapefruit League play 4-for-4 in scoreless outings after striking out seven in 6 1/3..." March 26

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    James Schmehl @jamesschmehl

    It's official: Justin Verlander will start Opening Day.

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    James Schmehl @jamesschmehl

    Good news for Justin Verlander. No setbacks in his latest bullpen session today and will make his first start this spring Thursday.

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Next step for Justin Verlander is another live BP session Thursday. Next step after that is Grapefruit League game.

  • Verlander throws 60 pitches; Ausmus says today's Tigers workout the best so far

    Detroit Free Press "In these days before the exhibition games, the Detroit Tigers do almost all of their work on the four fields of the minor-league complex. But the most interesting stuff the Tigers did Friday occurred just outside the clubhouse door around 9 a.m. at their big-league field, Marchant Stadium, before..." February 22

  • Justin Verlander throws 54-pitch bullpen session

    Hardball Talk "There had been some worry that Justin Verlander wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day following surgery to repair a torn “core muscle” in mid-January, but he threw for the first time last week and advanced to throwing a 54-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Manager Brad Ausmus seemed pleased with how..." February 19

  • Tigers' ace Verlander progressing well, should be ready for Opening Day

    SB Nation "Detroit Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones says ace pitcher Justin Verlander is "way ahead of schedule" in his return from offseason muscle repair surgery, reports George Sippel of the Detroit Free Press. Verlander suffered the injury while doing squats in December. Though he originally believed..." February 11

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Justin Verlander threw 20 pitches off a mound Monday. Said it went very well. He feels good.

  • GM: Justin Verlander might not be ready for start of season

    Yahoo! Sports "Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski allowed for the possibility that right-hander Justin Verlander won't be ready to pitch at the start of the 2014 season. Verlander had surgery to repair a core muscle two weeks ago and, at the time, the Tigers attempted to be optimistic that it..." January 25

  • Report: Kate Upton and Tigers' Verlander are not dating, after all

    Detroit News "Maybe Kate Upton and Justin Verlander are not an item, after all. At least that’s what E! News is reporting -- exclusively! The supermodel and Tigers pitcher were photographed together Saturday during an NHL Flyers game -- Verlander’s core muscle repair surgery took place in Philadelphia --..." January 17

  • Jim Leyland urges Verlander not to rush back from core muscle injury

    Michigan Live "Jim Leyland's advice to Justin Verlander was simple: Don't rush it. Last week, Verlander had a surgery to repair a core muscle, which is likely to keep the Detroit Tigers right-hander out of the early parts of spring training. Verlander's expected to be fully recovered by Opening Day, and..." January 15

  • Verlander expected to ready for spring training following core muscle surgery

    CBSSports.com "Justin Verlander underwent successful core muscle repair surgery on Thursday, the Tigers announced. He suffered the injury during an offseason workout last month. The team says he will rehab for the next six weeks and then be re-evaluated. “We fully anticipate Justin to participate in spring..." January 10

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    Detroit Tigers @tigers

    Justin Verlander underwent successful core muscle repair surgery this morning. #Tigers

  • Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander are Tigers' last chance, but they'll take it

    Detroit News "It looks dire sure. One slugger is ailing the other is flailing. The Tigers are back in frightful Fenway Park with their season in peril down 3-2 and that would be enough to shake any team. Shaken? Yes. But also stirred? In the immediate aftermath of their 4-3 loss to the Red Sox in Game 5 amid..." October 19

  • Justin Verlander ties postseason record with six straight strikeouts

    CBSSports.com "After walking David Ortiz to lead off the second inning Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander tied a postseason record by striking out the next six batters he faced. It could have been seven straight had Shane Victorino not popped up to foul territory in a 1-1 count to leadoff the fourth. The..." October 16

  • Verlander finds groove, gives Tigers rotation to be reckoned with in postseason

    Michigan Live "Max Scherzer put together a season that will likely end with him winning the Cy Young Award. Anibal Sanchez had the lowest ERA in the American League during the regular season and will appear on some Cy Young ballots. Detroit Tigers fans were pleased with the season Doug Fister put together...." October 11

  • Verlander masterful again; Tigers on to ALCS

    Detroit Free Press "Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland was asked before the American League Division Series finale which pitchers were available in his bullpen. “Verlander” Leyland answered. He wasn’t kidding. Justin Verlander put on another pristine playoff performance blanking the Oakland A’s over eight innings..." October 11

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    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    Game 5 will be in Oakland on Thursday. Verlander vs. ?

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    There is a possibility that Max Scherzer could appear in Game 4. If he does then Justin Verlander would start Game 5.

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    Bobby Nightengale @nightengalejr

    Max Scherezer will start Game 1 for the #Tigers. He will be followed by Verlander Sanchez and Fister.

  • Who will Tigers start in Game 1 of the playoffs?

    CSN Bay Area "There is a fascinating decision awaiting the Detroit Tigers the A’s possible first-round playoff opponent. Should they start former Cy Young winner and Most Valuable Player Justin Verlander in Game 1 or go with 21-game winner Max Scherzer who’s had the best 2013 season of any Tigers..." September 27

  • Justin Verlander to donote $1 million to 'Wins for Warriors'

    CBSSports.com "Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander has committed $1 million of his own money to launch a charitable initiative with the Detroit Tigers Foundation the club announced Wednesday. Verlander's venture is called The Wins and Warriors initiative which will support mental health and emotional..." August 28

  • Denny McLain thinks he knows what's wrong with Justin Verlander

    Sporting News "The Tigers' Justin Verlander is having his worst statistical season in five years and former Detroit ace Denny McLain thinks he knows what's wrong. “Right now his head is moving a great deal when he pitches” McLain told the Detroit News. “That is like a golf swing. When your head is moving..." August 28

  • Verlander answers Jack Clark's PED use accusation, calls it 'moronic'

    Bless You Boys "The Tigers' ace replied strongly to accusations of PED use by former big league player Jack Clark hinting at legal action. Jack Clark former MLB first baseman and current St. Louis sports talk radio host accused Justin Verlander of using PED's (Albert Pujols as well). Clark's evidence..." August 10

  • Verlander returns to vintage form for 10th straight win, 5-1 over Indians

    Detroit Free Press "As if 10 wins in a row isn’t exciting enough... As if having Don Kelly star again in “Mastering Masterson” — this time with a three-run home run — isn’t exciting enough... As if taking a five-game lead on the Indians in the American League Central isn’t exciting enough... Justin Verlander..." August 07

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Justin Verlander on track to start Saturday. Tight right quad "doesn't appear to be" an issue, Jim Leyland said.

  • Justin Verlander shows how much potential he and the Tigers have

    Detroit News "There it was, another dramatic flash of possibility. We saw it again from Justin Verlander, and we see it occasionally and emphatically from the Tigers. Six Tigers will be in New York for the All-Star Game, more than any other team. And because he won’t be able to pitch on short rest, Verlander..." July 15

  • Justin Verlander’s great outing marred by quad injury

    Hardball Talk "Justin Verlander brought a no-hit bid against the Rangers into the seventh inning, getting two quick outs on fly balls before Mitch Moreland doubled to center. He retired Elvis Andrus on a pop-up to end the inning, and as it would turn out, his afternoon. Verlander left with tightness in his right..." July 14

  • Leyland: Verlander 'continues to have command issues'

    Detroit Free Press "Tigers manager Jim Leyland entered Sunday’s game hoping to use only three pitchers. Leyland didn’t want to use anyone other than Justin Verlander, Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit. Those three were all the Tigers needed, although it didn’t go exactly as planned in a 7-5 victory over the Boston Red..." June 24

  • Bullpen bails out Tigers' struggling ace Justin Verlander

    Detroit News "No way you saw this twist coming. The Tigers won again with — (dramatic pause) —their bullpen. And that helped them overcome another wobbly outing from —(dramatic pause) — Justin Verlander. The only thing that makes sense about the Tigers these days is that they’re in first place. Oh, and their..." June 24

  • Verlander likely ineligible to pitch in ASG; Scherzer a strong candidate to start

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won't know if he'll be invited to his sixth All-Star Game until the rosters are unveiled July 6. But even if he's extended an invitation, he likely won't be able to pitch. Manager Jim Leyland confirmed early Sunday that Verlander is tentatively scheduled to..." June 23

  • Justin Verlander's change in approach may explain his 3.72 ERA

    CBSSports.com "For a good two years now, Justin Verlander has been the best pitcher in the world. He won both the AL Cy Young and MVP awards in 2011, becoming the first pitch to do so since Roger Clemens in 1986. The FanGraphs version of WAR says he was even better in 2012 (7.0) than 2011 (6.8) despite the lack..." June 19

  • Jim Leyand not laughing after Justin Verlander tries to avoid 'Handshake of Doom'

    Michigan Live "It's commonly referred to as the "Handshake of Doom" by members of the media. Tigers ace Justin Verlander tried to avoid it Friday night. Tigers manager Jim Leyland wouldn't let him. First, a bit of background: Leyland will typically greet his starting pitchers at the steps of the dugout..." June 08

  • Tigers ace Verlander would love to compete in Home Run Derby

    Detroit News "Alex Avila walked away shaking his head. Smiling, but shaking his head. Justin Verlander's batting-practice power was not a subject he wanted anything to do with. "Some guys get upset because I have more pop than they do," countered a kidding Verlander. Manager Jim Leyland wasn't even..." June 01

  • Peralta's 4 hits, Verlander's quality start lift Tigers to 5-4 win over Pirates

    Detroit Free Press "Not too bad this time, Justin Verlander. The Detroit Tigers ace posted his first quality start in his past four outings, giving up just three runs in seven innings while striking out 13, as the Detroit Tigers open their 2-game home series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 6-5 win on Memorial..." May 28

  • Verlander tinkering with success

    Fox Sports Detroit "Justin Verlander knows what’s wrong with Justin Verlander. “Tinkering,” he told me, “is what I would call it.” Of course. Tinkering. In his last three starts, Verlander has allowed 16 earned runs over 12-2/3 innings. Fans, scouts and opposing hitters would choose a different participle:..." May 26

  • Justin Verlander returns to fundamentals to try to remedy slump

    Detroit News "When Justin Verlander struggled in unprecedented ways during his last start — namely, that seven-run third inning in Texas — he said he intended to fix the problem by getting back to basics. His first start since then is here — Wednesday night against the Indians at Progressive Field. So,..." May 22

  • Tigers manager Jim Leyland trusts Justin Verlander's prowess

    Detroit News "Day One of the solution was, as you might expect, quiet. In fact, if the stats weren't available to indicate just how much Justin Verlander has struggled in his last two starts, (7.2 innings, 12 hits, 11 earned runs, and seven walks), you might have thought there was nothing from which to..." May 18

  • Tigers won't be the same until Justin Verlander is winning again

    Detroit News "Justin Verlander hasn't been himself in his last two starts. Should you worry? Of course, you should. But choose the right reason to do it. Let's discard this reason first: His health. Verlander is not hurt. His arm isn't sore. He said Thursday night, after his abysmal outing, he's been..." May 18

  • Verlander has one of worst starts of his career as Tigers drop opener

    Detroit News "For a while, questions will outnumber answers. That's what happens when your ace, your All-Star, your Justin Verlander has one of the worst starts — not to mention, the worst inning — of his career. As he had Thursday night in the Tigers' 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. What's wrong? Is..." May 17

  • Rangers blast Justin Verlander to back Yu Darvish

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The ballyhooed Justin Verlander-Yu Darvish matchup Thursday night looked nothing like a duel between two anticipated Cy Young contenders. Instead, the opener of the four-game weekend series between the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers resembled a Willie Blair-Mark Clark from 1999. Except..." May 17

  • Verlander, Darvish set to duel in marquee mound matchup

    Detroit News "The Tigers four-game weekend series against the Rangers is a matchup of first-place teams. And fittingly, the opener features two of the premier pitchers — Tigers ace Justin Verlander (4-3, 1.93 ERA), who has led the American League in strikeouts three of the past four seasons, against Rangers..." May 16

  • Justin Verlander, Yu Darvish to do battle in big series between Tigers, Rangers

    Michigan Live "Our weekly look at the Detroit Tigers: Who's hot: Jhonny Peralta struggled through a sub-par season in 2012. But with the 2013 season nearing its one-quarter mark, Peralta is hitting .315 and has helped stretch out the lineup for the Tigers. Peralta is hitting .382 (13-for-34) with one home..." May 13

  • With Tigers' powerful bats, Verlander's mound mastery becomes sideshow

    Detroit News "It used to be, when Justin Verlander pitched, nothing else mattered. It was gasp, gasp, gasp, gas, gas, gas. The power display was awe-inspiring, easily the main attraction. Verlander remains fully capable of eliciting awe, don't worry about that. But power is on display just about every night..." May 01