Found August 29, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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Baseball shares one thing with contract bridge -- even aces can be trumped. Kansas City bumped around Detroit's Justin Verlander on Tuesday night, rapping out 12 hits and eight runs in 5 2/3 innings. The Royals beat the Tigers 9-8. The right-hander's streak of having thrown 100 pitches in every start for more than two years is still intact, but after two innings, it looked as if even that measure of durability was going to get shorted out. Going into the game, Verlander's numbers for 2012 were very similar to those he put up in 2011, when he was named AL Cy Young Award and MVP winner. He won his 20th game a year ago at this time, though, whereas now he's 12-7 and hasn't won since Aug. 6, turning in four consecutive no-decisions. "I feel like most of the hard balls I gave up were in the first inning," Verlander said. "It's frustrating, but it's part of the game. Give them credit for putting the bat on the ball. I need to pitch better...
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