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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:

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Kate Upton flirts with Justin Verlander over opening day tickets

Kate Upton Tigers hat

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

Kate Upton Tigers hat

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

Justin Verlander Kate Upton

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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Justin Verlander gives strong indication that he is back with Kate Upton

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Justin Verlander and Kate Upton must be back together. The two were flirting on Twitter last month amid reports of them being spotted at a Philadelphia Flyers game together and vacationing together in the Bahamas. Over the weekend, Verlander gave us an even stronger indication when the Orlando Magic mascot hit on Upton.

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model posted the photo you see above on Twitter Friday night and thanked Stuff the Magic Dragon for proposing to her and giving her a ring. Verlander joked about it on Twitter with this reaction:

You can safely file that one under “stuff boyfriends say.” The Detroit Tigers star later sent another flirty tweet.

The only bad news here for Verlander is that we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of Kate surprising us all when she publicly denied that she and Justin are together. Here’s hoping Valentine’s Day treats him a little better this time around.

H/T The Big Lead

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton flirting on Twitter

Justin Verlander Kate Upton

Every sign seems to point to Justin Verlander and Kate Upton being back together as boyfriend-girlfriend.

Last week we told you that the Detroit Tigers ace and supermodel were spotted at a Philadelphia Flyers game. US Weekly then reported that the two vacationed in the Bahamas together last weekend and were “looking very cozy.”

The two also have not been shy about interacting over social media.

When Verlander sent his tweet Sunday about how Richard Sherman would get thrown at if he played baseball, Upton added something about Verlander being a Virginia boy:

Verlander then tweeted back:

A few days later there was more.

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Justin Verlander: Richard Sherman would get thrown at if he played baseball

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If Richard Sherman played baseball, Justin Verlander knows exactly what would happen to him.

The Detroit Tigers ace pitcher sent a tweet after watching Sherman’s antics at the end of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday and said Sherman would get a “high and tight fastball” if he played baseball.

That was the money part of his tweet. The overlooked part is that Verlander called Russell Wilson a “class act,” which is a nice compliment to the Seattle QB and pretty much how most people view him.

The thing about Sherman, though, is that you could give him a brush back pitch or two, but he’d confidently step back into the box and hit a home run. He only gets away with talking trash because, dang, he’s been backing it up on the field all season.