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With 252,353 views on Wednesday, 01 November 2017 our article of the day is Justin Verlander.
Justin Brooks Verlander (born February 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Detroit Tigers for 13 seasons, with whom he made his major league debut on July 4, 2005. As a former ace in the Tigers' starting rotation, he was regarded as a key figure in four consecutive American League (AL) Central division championships from 2011−2014. He is among the career pitching leaders for the Tigers, including ranking second in strikeouts (2,373), seventh in wins (183), and eighth in innings pitched (2511). A right-handed batter and thrower, Verlander stands 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighs 225 pounds (102 kg).
The winner of a number of accolades, Verlander is a six-time MLB All-Star and has led the AL in strikeouts four times. In 2006, Verlander was named the AL Rookie of the Year. On June 12, 2007, he pitched a no-hitter—the first ever at Comerica Park—against the Milwaukee Brewers. Verlander had his most successful season in 2011. He pitched his second career no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7, 2011. By season's end, Verlander achieved the Pitching Triple Crown, and unanimously won the AL Cy Young Award, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. and the Sporting News Player of the Year Award. On August 31, 2017, the Tigers traded Verlander to the Astros. For his performance in the 2017 American League Championship Series, he was named MVP.
From Manakin-Sabot, Virginia, Verlander attended Old Dominion University (ODU) and played college baseball for the Monarchs. He broke the Monarchs' and Colonial Athletic Association's career records for strikeouts. At the 2003 Pan American Games, helped lead the United States national team to a silver medal. The Tigers selected him in the first round and as the second overall pick of the 2004 first-year player draft.
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