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Justin Verlander speaks up on HBP

Updated: October 15, 2013, 3:03 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander gave voice Monday to a topic that surprisingly had not created more of a stir before now.

Asked about Shane Victorino's penchant for being hit by pitches -- he has been hit five times in the postseason, beginning with his first plate appearance in Game 1 of the ALDS -- Verlander suggested that umpires should take into account the way Victorino appears to hang over the plate from the right-handed batter's box.

"I've seen pitches ...

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