Tigers ace Justin Verlander hit a home run during batting practice on Sunday in Minnesota, but if you're wondering what Verlander was doing taking BP, it's because he's anxiously awaiting interleague play on the road so he can hit again. More than hit, though, he wants to homer [via Danny Knobler at CBSSports]:â†µ
"I've changed my batting stance," Verlander said. "I tweaked it."â†µ
If you know Verlander, you know he's serious about all of this. You know that as competitive his personality is, he can't stand the idea that he can't hit.â†µ
"To not succeed at anything pisses me off," Verlander admitted. "And not just to not succeed -- to not excel."â†µ
Verlander has been working with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and McClendon predicts that Verlander will get his first hit this season. Verlander is currently 0-for-20 with 13 strikeouts and no walks in his career at the dish, like he's facing himself every time.