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Tigers Adjust 2nd Half Rotation So Justin Verlander Can Face Rivals Chicago And Cleveland In July

The All-Star break offers plenty of options for managers looking to kickstart their teams, and Detroit's Jim Leyland has already made a wise move to adjust his starting rotation to allow ace Justin Verlander to face both Cleveland and Chicago shortly after the season's halfway point.

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Verlander will make his first start after the break in game three of Detroit's opening series with the hot-hitting Indians, and will therefore be in line to face the White Sox later in the month. By making this move, Leyland changes a rotation that would have pitted Verlander against either Cleveland or Chicago, but not both.

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With the three teams likely to be in a dogfight for the divisional crown, the Tigers clearly need to stack the deck as much as possible to reclaim their old throne atop the Central, and Verlander happens to be the best pitcher in baseball. More games against Central opponents for Detroit's ace can only be a good thing, so this is a logical move.