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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.

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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.

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Justin Verlander beat the Mariners by allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings on Friday.

A good sign for Verlander after three straight ugly starts. His seven strikeouts tonight matched his combined total from those three outings. We wouldn't necessarily say his struggles are entirely in the rear view mirror, but this looked like a step forward.

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Justin Verlander gave up five runs in six innings and took the loss on Tuesday against the Indians.

Verlander surrendered a season-high 11 hits, which included five doubles, along with three walks and only two strikeouts. We've certainly seen better from the right-hander. Curiously, Verlander is striking out hitters at a low rate not seen since his first full season in the big leagues in 2006. It's certainly something to keep an eye on. Nevertheless, Verlander will take his 3.55 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, and 49/27 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Rangers at home.

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Justin Verlander survived a rough fifth inning to win his fifth game Wednesday, allowing five runs over six frames in a 7-5 victory over the Orioles.

Verlander was cruising along until the fifth inning, when the O's rallied for five two-out runs punctuated by a Nelson Cruz three-run blast. That cut the Tigers' lead to one at the time, but the Orioles never got any closer. Though he already has five wins, Verlander hasn't quite been himself yet with a 3.15 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and just 47 strikeouts over 60 innings. He'll get the Indians and Rangers next week.

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Justin Verlander pitched well in a losing effort against the Twins on Friday, allowing just two runs on seven hits over seven frames.

Verlander walked two and struck out five on the night. He was engaged in a scoreless duel with opposing hurler Phil Hughes until the seventh inning, where Kurt Suzuki's two-out, two-run single gave the Twins the advantage. He'll again go in search of his fifth victory when he does battle against the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday.

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Justin Verlander struck out seven while allowing three runs over seven innings in Sunday's win over the Royals.

Verlander didn't give up a hit through five innings and held the Royals scoreless until Jarrod Dyson's two-run triple in the seventh inning. Verlander allowed just four hits in total while walking four. Walks are still an issue -- he's walked 19 through 47 innings of work thus far -- but Verlander moved to 4-1 with a 2.68 ERA with the victory. He'll take on the surprisingly potent Twins offense on Friday.

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Justin Verlander struggled early but got better as the game went on, allowing three runs over seven innings in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Verlander looked to be in danger of unraveling early, with the White Sox getting to him for three runs in the third inning, but he rebounded to post four more innings of zeros before exiting. In all, the right-hander gave up six hits and three walks, striking out four. He'll take a 3-1 record and 2.48 ERA into a soft matchup with the Astros on Monday.