LAKELAND, Fla. -- Its called clearing the cobwebs.
Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Sunday began fine-tuning for the regular season, throwing two innings and allowing one run in a 5-5 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies at Joker Marchant Stadium.
He threw his first sliders since the World Series opting to stay away from a pitch that can be stressful to the elbow and began gearing up his fastball from the low 90s to this accustomed 100 mph.
Verlander also discussed two related topics that he's commented on before in recent months: exploring free agency after the 2014 season and possibly becoming the games first 200 million pitcher.
He wasnt upset with a recent story on the Yahoo! Sports website, but wanted to clarify the tone of his comments.
Said Verlander: The question was: Do you want to be the first 200 million pitcher? I said, Yes.
"I did not think it came across as bad, but not as I envisioned. I do not want to be seen as a greedy guy. I wasnt upset. I hope fans ...