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Leyland happy to see Verlander 'going downhill'

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07:27 AM ET 09.02 | Sometimes, all it takes is one pitch, and the Tigers can hope that's the case while asking the obvious question. Did Justin Verlander finally rediscover the fluidity in his pitching delivery with a fourth-inning fastball he threw to Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera? "I really felt pretty good for the first time in a while after that one," Verlander said. "It felt like something had clicked." His catcher and manager agreed Sunday afternoon. Verlander's best performance in a month alleviated some of the sting from a 4-0 series-closing loss to second-place Cleveland. ... "I'm not as concerned about him now as I was after his last start," manager Jim Leyland said. "I thought he looked very good. He was going downhill more." I assume he meant "downhill" in a good way.

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September 2, 2013  08:50 AM ET

When the playoffs start the term "downhill in a good way" will not be uttered by Leyland

September 2, 2013  03:23 PM ET

Trade him to the Yankees for Cano.

September 2, 2013  06:39 PM ET

A rejuvenated Verlander is bad news for any team, especially in a short series.

September 2, 2013  06:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Trade him to the Yankees for Cano.

Sure, because it makes sense to trade away the most valuable commodity come playoff time: pitching. And they already have the best hitter in baseball.

Are you Brian Cashman?

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September 2, 2013  10:05 PM ET
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Scherzer-Sanchez-Verlander = bad news for other AL teams.

Fister's not too shabby either.

September 2, 2013  11:28 PM ET

He meant "Downhill" in reference to his delivery... This article was clearly not written by a baseball person

 
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