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Verlander leads by example

Updated: February 20, 2010, 7:25 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Tigers pitchers ran sprints Saturday, sort of a shuttle run to assorted orange cones on a back field at Tigertown. There were several heats, it was a competition, however unofficial and unimportant. Still, Justin Verlander figured he might as well finish first, as always. He won all but two of the sprints -- one because some pitcher jumped the gun and got a tremendous head start, and the other "because I slipped,'" Verlander said with a smile.

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