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Saturday, March 6, 2010
Justin Verlander talks 'MLB 2K10'

Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander has "video-game stuff," according to fans.

I tell Justin Verlander about how 2K Sports is going to give $1 million to the first player who can throw a perfect game in "MLB 2K10," and all he can do is shake his head. "It's going to be a lot harder than people think," he says.

And Verlander would know. The Tigers' ace has already thrown a no-hitter for Detroit, but even then, he was four walks shy of perfection. "I play video games as well, and they make it pretty tough. I can't even imagine what's going to happen if you make an error in the ninth with that much money on the line," Verlander says with a laugh. "You might see a controller fly through the window." Or a shoe fly through a flat screen.

Jon Robinson: As someone who threw a no-hitter in real life, any advice on how someone can throw a perfect game in "MLB 2K10"?

Justin Verlander: I think the biggest thing is to mix up your pitches. If you do the same sequence every time or if you get stuck always trying to throw the same pitch for the strikeout, the computer will catch on and you'll be in trouble. The thing about trying for a perfect game, one mistake and you need to start all over.