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Verlander, at only 24, achieving greatness

Originally Published: June 12, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Baseball news travels quickly in this age of cell phones and text messaging. J.J. Hardy's lazy fly ball had barely settled into Magglio Ordonez's glove late Tuesday night when word of Justin Verlander's no-hit, 12-strikeout masterpiece against Milwaukee began trickling into press boxes and scouts sections at ballparks across America.

Every no-hitter requires a degree of luck and fate, the planets aligning properly. A bad bounce here or a poor decision there can be enough to separate a pitcher ...

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