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March 29, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Not that the Dodgers are pinching pennies these days, but the cost of retaining Clayton Kershaw just went up. Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreed Friday on a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $140 million, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. That is an average of $28 million per year, with an option for a sixth year at $22 million. What does this mean for Kershaw and the Dodgers? Verlander and Kershaw would have been the crown jewels in free agency after the 2014 season.
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February 8, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Kate Upton, the model best known for gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, received a marriage proposal Friday night, but it wasn't from boyfriend Justin Verlander, the hard-throwing pitcher from the Detroit Tigers. While watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena, Stuff the mascot for the Magic spotted Upton sitting alone and swooped in. The rest of the story can be followed on Twitter.   Thanks @STUFF_mascot for the proposal tonight!
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February 15, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Kate Upton, the suddenly annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, might be playing hard to get. She might be trying to deflect attention from her supposed romance with Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Or she just might want some privacy. Whatever the case, the buxom blond appeared rather annoyed when answering a question on television Thursday about her relationship with Verlander. "I'm single," she said matter-of-factly during an interview (shown below) on a Fox morning show in Detroit.
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November 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Max Scherzer, the only 20-game winner in the major leagues this season, was announced Wednesday as the winner of the American League Cy Young Award. Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 earned-run average for the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers. He collected 28 of 30 first-place votes. Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers finished second, with Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners third. Scherzer was the eighth pitcher selected in the first round of the 2006 draft, behind fellow Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum.
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July 11, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Kate Upton may have found herself a new man. That's good news for many people -- the new man (obviously), as well as fans of the New York Jets and whichever National League team ends up playing in the World Series. But it could be devastating news for fans of the Detroit Tigers and the American League representative in the World Series, not to mention all those Tim Tebow fanatics out there just counting the seconds until their idol takes the field again. OK, so Upton -- the bikini model best known for appearing on the cover of the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and showing off her dance moves all over the Internet -- apparently has been seen out and about in Detroit recently with Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander.
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October 23, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  The San Francisco Giants will take on the Detroit Tigers in the World Series this year, and Times Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez and Angels writer Mike DiGiovanna discussed the upcoming Fall Classic today in a Google+ hangout. The long layoff may hurt Detroit, and "it could take a game or two for them to find their game legs," DiGiovanna said, but the Tigers have an answer to that. "Justin Verlander is the great equalizer," DiGiovanna said. "He will give the Tigers hitters a chance to get their legs back under them, knowing they won't have to score six or seven runs right now. Verlander is the best pitcher in the game right now. " DiGiovanna went on to compare Verlander to Jack Morris and Orel Hershiser.
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October 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
How good is Justin Verlander? Not only did he shut down the Oakland Athletics in Detroit's clinching 3-0 victory in the American League division series on Thursday, he wanted to pitch the ninth inning despite being exhausted. Verlander gave up two hits, one walk and struck out 10 over eight innings, and many wondered why Manager Jim Leyland removed him and brought in Joaquin Benoit to pitch the ninth. Verlander explained all after the game in an interview with TBS' David Aldridge.
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April 28, 2009 | Associated Press
at Detroit 4, New York 2: Justin Verlander (1-2) had a season-high nine strikeouts and gave up seven hits in seven-plus innings, and Magglio Ordonez hit a two-run home run against CC Sabathia (1-2) to lead the Tigers to their third win in a row. The Yankees have lost four consecutive games. Texas 6, at Baltimore 4: Michael Young hit a home run and David Murphy ended a tie with a two-run single in the sixth inning.
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October 23, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - This is a one-man World Series. The most valuable players in waiting, Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey, are here. So is Prince Fielder, the only one of baseball's $200-million men still in uniform this season. So is Matt Cain, who pitched a perfect game this season, and Tim Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young winner trying to reclaim his fastball in middle relief. Yet this World Series belongs to Justin Verlander. The series opens Wednesday, with the most dominant pitcher in baseball starting for the Detroit Tigers.
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September 8, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander limited 20 of his first 28 opponents to three runs or less. The surging Angels on Saturday racked the American League's reigning Cy Young Award winner for four runs in the first inning, and left-hander C.J. Wilson outdueled him in a 6-1 victory. The Angels (76-63) have won 14 of their last 17 games and remain two games out of the American League's second wild-card spot with 23 games remaining. Rookie Mike Trout, in his first at-bat against Verlander, started the first by smoking a home run deep over the left-field wall -- Trout's 26th homer of the season.
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November 3, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
“Pitchers break.” That was the rational side of Mark Walter's brain speaking . You know, before the Dodgers' chairman agreed to sign right-hander Zack Greinke to a guaranteed $147-million , six-year contract. Which worked out well in the first year of his deal, and leaves you wondering exactly where they are headed with left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw, 25, is going to become stupidly rich, the only question being exactly how stupidly rich. He is arbitration-eligible for 2014, and then if the Dodgers don't sign him to a long-term deal, he can become a free agent after next season.
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October 16, 2013 | Paul Sullivan
It took only one bad pitch from Justin Verlander to decide Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday at Comerica Park. But one was enough for Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli. With Verlander continuing the Detroit Tigers' dominant string of starting performances, Napoli hit a home run in the seventh inning to give the Red Sox a 1-0 victory and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. "The boy took care of me once again," Red Sox starter John Lackey said.
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October 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
How good is Justin Verlander? Not only did he shut down the Oakland Athletics in Detroit's clinching 3-0 victory in the American League division series on Thursday, he wanted to pitch the ninth inning despite being exhausted. Verlander gave up two hits, one walk and struck out 10 over eight innings, and many wondered why Manager Jim Leyland removed him and brought in Joaquin Benoit to pitch the ninth. Verlander explained all after the game in an interview with TBS' David Aldridge.
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August 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Detroit completed a four-game sweep of Cleveland on Thursday night, turning a three-game lead in what for months was a tight American League Central race into a seven-game bulge, when the message came across Twitter. "Congratulations to the Tigers, who just won the AL Central after sweeping the Indians," wrote Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Detroit Manager Jim Leyland didn't get the memo. "I know better than that, I'm not a fool," Leyland said. "There's a lot of baseball left.
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July 11, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig is just 35 games into this major league career and he's already been named the National League's Player of the Month honors and been nominated for the All-Star team. Now comes another honor. According to figures released by MLB.com, Puig's No. 66 jersey is among the 10 bestsellers in baseball, outdrawing the last two American League MVPs -- Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera -- as well as teammates Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw and Boston's Dustin Pedroia.
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March 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Invest a cool $147 million in the off-season into a starting pitcher and one of the first things he does is show up in spring training complaining that his elbow is sore, and an organization is allowed to hold its breath. Dodgers, seems you can exhale. Zack Greinke didn't think the elbow tenderness was any big deal, but when a team is making that kind of an investment, precaution becomes the order of the day, and Greinke was temporarily shut down. In his first game back, he gave up five runs on six hits in just three innings.
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May 2, 2010 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Detroit -- And with his 106th pitch on a gloomy afternoon, Justin Verlander struck out Mike Napoli to end the eighth inning with a fastball that was clocked at 99 mph on the Comerica Park speed gun. No pitch better illustrated the dominance of the Detroit Tigers right-hander, who gave up one run and three hits in 8 1/3 innings of Sunday's 5-1 victory over the Angels, retiring 23 consecutive batters from the first inning into the...
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October 17, 2012 | By Paul Sullivan
DETROIT - The legend of Justin Verlander keeps growing as Detroit's postseason rolls on. The Tigers' ace put on a masterful performance Tuesday night at Comerica Park, leading Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees and putting them one win away from the World Series. "It's great to be up 3-0, but against this lineup, against this team, you never know," Verlander said. "Never take anything for granted in this postseason. We've seen some crazy games. " Max Scherzer faces CC Sabathia on Wednesday night in the possible clincher.
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March 30, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Record-breaking major league contracts were the order of the day, but baseball's newest financial power may yet be heard from. People familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Friday that the Dodgers were having contract conversations with former National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw . The cost of securing Kershaw long term rose earlier Friday when right-hander Justin Verlander agreed to a $180-million,...
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March 29, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Not that the Dodgers are pinching pennies these days, but the cost of retaining Clayton Kershaw just went up. Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers agreed Friday on a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $140 million, according to Buster Olney of ESPN. That is an average of $28 million per year, with an option for a sixth year at $22 million. What does this mean for Kershaw and the Dodgers? Verlander and Kershaw would have been the crown jewels in free agency after the 2014 season.
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