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Justin Verlander solid in debut

Updated: March 12, 2014, 10:54 AM ET
Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball into the fourth inning in his spring debut for the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

"Just because the way he was pitching, we thought (he) could go to an extra inning," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We consulted him just to make sure he felt OK. He said he did, so we kind of rolled with it."

Verlander's spring routine was postponed by his recovery from core-muscle repair surgery ...

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