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  • Justin Verlander collects first two major league hits, wins first game in 2014

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 days ago

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    The quest is finally over for Justin Verlander. After winning an MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year award. After being selected to six All-Star games and appearing in 268 games overall. After accomplishing pretty much everything there is to accomplish in baseball, the Detroit Tigers ace finally added his first big league hit to his résumé.

    The big moment came in the third inning on Saturday night when he ripped a single up the middle off San Diego's Ian Kennedy. It was almost literally off Kennedy, too, as it shot between his legs and skipped cleanly into center field.

    It was a proud moment for Verlander, who snapped an 0-for-26 streak.

    And his teammates couldn't be happier for him. Especially Max Scherzer down there on the far right.

    ''It felt great. It's been a long time and I can finally get all these guys off my back ...,'' Verlander said.

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