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Justin Verlander beat the Diamondbacks by allowing three runs over 6 2/3 innings Monday in a 4-3 victory.

Verlander struck out five and gave up six hits and three walks. The quality start and victory are nice to see, but we're still waiting for a dominant performance by the formerly elite ace. Verlander hasn't allowed less than two runs in an outing all season (though he did escape one five-inning outing with no earned runs on his ledger). The right-hander was 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA in 2008, and he's headed towards similar numbers if he can't turn things around soon. Verlander will bring a 9-8 record and 4.84 ERA into a scheduled outing against the Angels on Saturday.

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Justin Verlander allowed four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Sunday.

Verlander struck out just three on the afternoon, walking one, in his first loss since June 16. Even with an 8-8 record, it's been a first half to forget for the former American League MVP. Verlander owns a 4.88 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through 20 starts, and the second half doesn't hold much more promise for the 31-year-old.

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Justin Verlander allowed five runs over six innings, but went home with a win as the Tigers demolished the Dodgers by a 14-5 margin on Tuesday.

Verlander surrendered five runs in the first inning in what seemed like a guaranteed loss, but the Tigers pounded out five runs in the second inning to tie the game, and went on to score nine more over the final six innings. Verlander yielded five hits and two walks while striking out four in the effort. He'll carry an ugly 4.84 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and 93/45 K/BB ratio to conclude the first half on Sunday against the Royals in Kansas City.

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Justin Verlander limited the A's to two runs over six innings Wednesday in a 9-3 Tigers victory.

Verlander wasn't at his best -- yielding nine Oakland hits, including first-inning homers to Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss -- but he did a decent job pitching in and out of major threats as the Tigers pulled off a big three-game sweep. Verlander is 7-7 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 116 2/3 innings this season. He'll get the Dodgers next.

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Justin Verlander delivered a quality start in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits over his six frames.

Verlander racked up eight strikeouts on the night while walking only one. Jose Altuve was a thorn in his side, scoring a pair of runs and driving home another with an RBI double against him. He'll bring a disappointing 4.72 ERA and 1.48 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Athletics.

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Justin Verlander limited the Indians to one earned run over seven innings Saturday in a Tigers victory.

It was one of the best outings of the year for Verlander, who made mechanical adjustments after getting blown up for seven runs by the Royals on Monday. He struck out eight batters on Saturday, held the Tribe to four hits, and issued only one walk. Verlander will try to stay in a groove next week against the Astros.

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Justin Verlander has some "easily correctable" mechanical adjustments that he needs to make.

Ausmus, Verlander and pitching coach Jeff Jones looked over video of Verlander from the past two seasons Tuesday and picked up on a couple differences in his mechanics from when he was pitching well to now. "We definitely saw something different between a couple years ago and yesterday," Ausmus said. Ausmus would specify what adjustment needed to be made, but he noted that he thinks Verlander's issues have to do with location and not velocity. The righty's ERA jumped up to 4.98 after another lousy effort Monday.

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Justin Verlander was tagged for seven runs in six innings by the Royals in another loss Monday.

Verlander started out nicely enough once again, allowing one hit over the first three innings. He then gave up three singles in the fourth, but he pitched out of it without allowing a run. Things unraveled in the fifth, when six hits led to four runs before Billy Butler was thrown out at home to end the inning. Brad Ausmus sent him back out for the sixth anyway and let him give up three more runs, even after he was given a gift out on a sac bunt. Even if it still qualifies as good news that Aumsus has so much faith in Verlander, it's been horrible for his ERA, needlessly adding several earned runs to Verlander's total in his last two starts. He's not looking as bad as the line scores suggest, but he clearly needs a shorter leash with the way he's throwing now. As is, the Tigers are throwing games away by leaving him on the mound when he's struggling.

Justin Verlander SP DET 1 Month

Justin Verlander yielded seven runs in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the White Sox.

It's ridiculous that he was allowed to give up seven runs. Verlander allowed just one run through five -- giving up a homer to Jose Abreu on a 92-mph fastball in the second -- but he gave up five singles and two walks before finally being pulled in the sixth. He retired just one batter in the inning, getting Dayan Viciedo to ground into a double play with the bases loaded. Two of the singles and both walks came after that. One would think Brad Ausmus would have a better read on his pitchers given his vast experience behind the plate. Maybe it will come with time. Verlander still isn't himself in the velocity or command departments. He did unleash some good sliders tonight, but he wasn't pitching all that well even before the sixth. He still has some work to do.

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Justin Verlander was tagged for six runs (five earned) in seven innings Thursday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Fantasy owners were hoping that Verlander was headed in the right direction after his start against the Mariners last Friday, but he took another step back with this one, allowing eight hits (including two home runs) and four walks. He has allowed 33 runs in 46 innings since the start of May, giving him a 5.67 ERA over his last seven starts. Perhaps this is just a bump in the road for a very talented pitcher, but with his velocity on a steady decline in recent years, the Tigers have to be concerned.