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Miguel Cabrera: Justin Verlander and I having trouble recovering from surgery

Miguel-Cabrera-TigersMiguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander both underwent the same surgical procedure within the past year. The two Detroit Tigers stars had sports hernia surgery, with Cabrera going under the knife last October and Verlander having it done in January. According to Cabrera, neither player has fully recovered.

Miggy is having another fantastic season, leading Major League Baseball with 75 RBI and the AL with 34 doubles. However, his 14 home runs are well behind last season’s pace. Verlander struggled throughout the first half of the season, compiling an 8-8 record with a 4.88 ERA.

“There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,” Cabrera said Monday, via a translation from Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today Sports. “It’s part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don’t see it as frequently.”

Despite the nagging injury, Cabrera said he and Verlander do not want to use their ongoing recovery as a crutch.

“But as he and I talked about, we’re never going to offer any excuses for our performance,” Miggy added. “We always want to be out on the field and compete, and I think that’s the most important thing we can do, compete and try to get past this tough time. And the main thing is we’re in first place.”

Sports hernia injuries can affect the waist and lower body area, so that explanation certainly makes sense. It would help explain why Cabrera isn’t blasting as many home runs and why Verlander’s velocity has been down.

As Cabrera mentioned, the Tigers have a 6.5-game lead in the AL Central despite Verlander’s slow start and Miggy’s somewhat human-like numbers. If both can get healthy in the second half, Detroit will be even more dangerous.

Justin Verlander thinks A’s made blockbuster trade with Tigers in mind

Justin VerlanderOn Friday, the Oakland A’s and Chicago Cubs agreed to deal that strengthens one of the best starting rotation in the American League, with Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel being the main pieces.

After taking some criticism for the signing of Jim Johnson, A’s general manager Billy Beane made a big splash by improving his team’s chances for making a deep postseason run.

Speaking of the postseason, the Detroit Tigers have been the end of the road for the A’s each of the last two seasons, knocking Oakland out in the American League Division Series both years. Among those who had a hand in helping the Tigers advance is Justin Verlander.

The former Cy Young Award winner weighed in on Oakland’s recent trade and thinks it was done with his team in mind.

The Tigers and A’s each have 3.5 game leads in their respective divisions at the moment, albeit with a lot of baseball yet to be played. While there’s no guarantee each will make the playoffs, it would be fun to watch a series with the arms in the starting rotation each team possesses. It would have my attention for sure.

Justin Verlander likes Kate Upton for the same reasons we do

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Justin Verlander and Kate Upton went to Game 7 between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Verlander picked up a win against the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the day before flying to Boston for a series against the Red Sox later this week. As you can see, his lady friend had no problem showing him a little love in public.

What we also learned — although it was pretty much common sense — is that Verlander appears to appreciate Kate’s assets the same way we do. Even he couldn’t resist staring at a certain area of her body knowing that he could be shown on live television at any moment.

Eyes on the ice, bro. Upton and Verlander are obviously going strong, as indicated by their many public displays of affection. Man I hate this guy, but god dammit if I don’t respect him.

Photo: Twitter/Denny Kapp
H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Nelson Cruz does great crotch grab after Justin Verlander throws behind him (Video)

Nelson Cruz had a pretty funny reaction to Justin Verlander throwing behind him during an at-bat in Wednesday’s Tigers-Orioles game.

The Tigers were up 5-0 in the fourth when Cruz came up with Chris Davis on first. Verlander’s first pitch was in the dirt, and his 1-0 pitch whizzed behind the Baltimore DH. The wild pitch allowed Davis to advance to second, and it led home plate umpire John Tumpane to warn Verlander and both teams.

Was Verlander sending a message two days after Torii Hunter was hit by Bud Norris, or was it just coincidence? Who knows, but Cruz’s reaction was pretty awesome. He also got the last laugh in that matter, too, because he hit a 3-run home run off Verlander in his next at-bat to give him 11 for the season.

Nelson Cruz crotch grab

Now the video didn’t show this part, but Cruz reportedly (and by reportedly, I mean in my imagination) told Verlander to suck on his little Chinese nuts:

Forearm bash to Guyism

Kate Upton flirts with Justin Verlander over opening day tickets

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We knew Kate Upton and Justin Verlander had gotten back together about two months ago when they suddenly began flirting on Twitter. Since then, the swimsuit model and Detroit Tigers pitcher have basically turned into a high school couple.

Upton and Verlander flirt like 16-year-olds who are fully immersed in the puppy love phase. On Sunday, Verlander offered to give free opening day tickets to a Twitter follower who shares the best baseball story.

Upton had a classic girlfriend reaction.

Hey, if Kate Upton was hanging around spring training just for me I’d probably be all about it. She seems to have come a long way from the ice-cold response she gave about a year ago when asked about her love life. These kids might make it.

Photo: Twitter/Denis Ilitch

Kate Upton joins boyfriend Justin Verlander at Tigers spring training

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Things are getting pretty serious between Kate Upton and Justin Verlander. I mean when the supermodel is joining her ace pitcher boyfriend at spring training, you know they’re not messing around.

That picture was taken by Denise Ilitch, the daughter of Tigers owner Mike Ilitch. Kate looks pretty cute in her Tigers hat, doesn’t she? At least it’s better than her in a Yankees cap.

If you’re a fantasy baseball owner, I suggest moving Verlander up your draft board a few spots. With Kate around to help his rehab from sports hernia surgery, you know he’ll be in good shape for the season.

H/T Busted Coverage

Justin Verlander on dating girlfriend Kate Upton: I’m in a great spot

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Though Justin Verlander has been making public appearances with Kate Upton, which shows us it’s pretty obvious that they are once again dating, he is still reluctant to talk about her in interviews.

During an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech on Tuesday, Verlander was asked about his supermodel girlfriend and tried to avoid the subject.

“I’ve always been pretty private about my private life,” Verlander said when asked about Upton.

Ravech pressed him though by noting the two have been out in public together and that it’s hard to keep things private.

“It is hard to be private,” Verlander agreed, “especially with her. But I’m in a great spot and just looking to get ready for the season.”

So there you have the confirmation. It’s hard to be private being with a supermodel girlfriend like Kate Upton, but at least he’s in a “great spot.” Those are things only people dating an SI cover model say.

Good for him. We hope being with Kate will produce good results for him this season.

And by LBS law, here is video of Kate Upton doing the Cat Daddy dance:

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