Posted May 15, 2013 on AP on Fox

11 APR 2009: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) during the Detroit Tigers 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. Verlander would not get a decision pitching 5 innings while allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish will face each other Thursday night in Arlington, Texas, in one of the most enticing pitching showdowns of the season so far. The hard-throwing right-handers will meet in a billing that really hasn't been matched in Arlington since Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens faced off in 1989. Darvish is the Texas Rangers' ace and baseball's strikeout leader with 80. Verlander has led the AL in strikeouts three of the past four years for Detroit. Tigers manager Jim Leyland says the matchup is ''pretty good.'' As for getting excited in May, Texas counterpart Ron Washington says ''I try not to.''
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