Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/24/14
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DETROIT - Justin Verlander did not look like a Cy Young/MVP Award winner Sunday, and the New York Yankees didn't give him a chance to. Detroit's ace likes to ease into things these days, opening by spotting his 90-93 mph fastball and then ratcheting up the velocity as the game progresses. But Derek Jeter was ready for that and jumped on the first fastball he saw, which happened to be in the low 90s, and with his trademark inside-out swing flew the ball into the seats in right to get the Yankees off to a 1-0 start as they cruised to a 5-1 victory behind a strong outing by Phil Hughes, who more closely resembled a defending Cy Young/MVP winner. Hughes kept the Tigers from scoring except for a no-doubter of a home run off the bat of Prince Fielder leading off the fourth inning. Hughes walked three, gave up just three hits and struck out seven. He ran his fastball up to 94-95 mph, and as soon as New York got comfortably ahead, he began mixing in more solid breaking balls, ge...
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