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Verlander threw apprixomately 60 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.Verlander has already generated a bunch of positive reports this winter, as he reportedly added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, following a highly disappointing 2014 campaign. Perhaps more important, he was able to get an earlier start on his offseason throwing program, after core repair surgery limited him in that regard last year. He's one of the more obvious bounce-back candidates, even if a return to his dominant peak form is unlikely.

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Verlander said that he added 20 pounds of muscle this offseason, and he was able to begin throwing earlier in the winter in preparation for the upcoming season than he was a year ago when he was recovering from core repair surgery, the Detroit Free Press reports.

While Verlander fared better during the second half of 2014 (7.4 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, 3.97 ERA), he was still struggling to reach his typical levels in the strikeout department. Even with limitations last season, Verlander reached 200 innings for the eighth consecutive year. His stock has fallen considerably in early drafts, but he's just one season removed from piling up 217 strikeouts in 218.1 innings for the Tigers in 2013. Verlander is also exploring the possibility of using a new pitch this season, but it won't be clear until the games begin to count in April if he develops an offering that will actually be a part of his arsenal going forward.

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Verlander will start Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, MLive.com reports.

Max Scherzer was the obvious choice for the Game 1 nod, but manager Brad Ausmus said there were several internal discussions about whether to start Verlander or David Price in Game 2. The team ultimately settled on Verlander, who allowed just two earned runs with 10 strikeouts against no walks over 15.1 innings in his final two starts. Price is thus set to start Sunday's Game 3 at Comerica Park.

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Verlander pitched eight innings of one-run ball to pick up the win against the White Sox Wednesday, giving up just seven hits and striking out six.

Verlander has been in vintage form his last two starts for a Tigers team that is desperately trying to hold of a hard-charging Kansas City team. Over those two starts he's pitched 15.1 innings and given up just two earned runs.

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Verlander allowed just one run on seven hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out four over 7.1 innings of a 10-1 win against the Royals on Friday night.

It has certainly been a frustrating year for Verlander (14-12, 4.68 ERA) but with a huge weekend series that could decide the AL Central this weekend, he came up big. He suffered from a blister in his last outing, but showed no ill effects in this one. He'll attempt to keep everything going when he faces the White Sox at home next time out.

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Verlander (blister) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Manager Brad Ausmus revealed that a blister contributed to Verlander's mediocre showing against Cleveland on Sunday (three earned runs over 5.2 innings), but added that he doesn't expect it to be an issue going forward. Verlander expressed a similar sentiment, saying he is OK and on track to make his next scheduled start this weekend against Kansas City.

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Verlander surrendered six hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings against Cleveland on Sunday.

Verlander, who had six strikeouts and three walks in the no decision, was pulled after 109 pitches, 68 of which were strikes. The right-hander will try to improve on his 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in Saturday's start in Kansas City.

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Verlander earned the win Monday, going seven innings of four-run ball against the Royals.

The victory pushed his record to 13-12, but also saw his ERA jump up to 4.82 for the season. Verlander has now allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts and has just one quality start in his last five attempts. He'll face the Indians at home this weekend.

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Verlander gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits over 6.2 innings in a losing effort Wednesday.

The Cleveland offense found ways to put runs on the board against Verlander in the first, fourth and seventh inning Wednesday. Verlander has been missing bats more regularly over his last three starts (21 strikeouts in 19.1 innings), but been hittable during that span while the opposition has racked up 12 runs on 26 hits during that span. Verlander will face the Royals on Monday in his next start -- the beginning of a crucial series with Kansas City as the two clubs battle for the AL Central crown.

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Verlander worked seven solid innings, allowing just one run on nine hits and two walks while piling up eight strikeouts in Friday's 7-1 win over the White Sox.

Verlander surrendered a run in the bottom of the first Friday night, but followed up with six straight scoreless frames en route to his 12th victory of the campaign. In his best performance of the second half, the 2011 AL Cy Young winner surrendered less than two runs in an outing for just the second time this season and first since April 17. Verlander will attempt to build off this effort Wednesday versus the Indians.