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Justin Verlander grinds out big victory

Righty didn't have his best stuff, but the Tigers' ace gutted out 8 innings in Game 3

Originally Published: October 3, 2011
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander was born and raised in Virginia, but he's enough of a civic-minded guy to understand the impact of Detroit's recent run of sports success on the city's mood. The unbeaten Lions have Sundays covered at Ford Field, and right now the Tigers are doing a good job ruling the landscape the other six days of the week. That's largely a tribute to Verlander, American League Cy Young Award frontrunner and walking Chamber of Commerce brochure.

"Bringing people to downtown ...

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