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Continued: MLB Insider: Dozier on pace for historic 30 steals, 30 homers

  • Article by: PHIL MILLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 21, 2014 - 11:58 PM

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No drastic changes were planned, but ace Justin Verlander met with Detroit manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones to discuss possible remedies to his notable drop in velocity and his unseemly 4.98 ERA going into his Saturday start against the Indians.

Verlander, 31, was striking out only 6.4 batters per nine innings, well down from his 9.2 average over the previous five years. “It has to do with he’s not locating the ball,” Ausmus said. “But my feeling is, [his velocity] will creep back up.”

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  • MORRY GASH • Associated Press (top); JERRY HOLT • jgholt@startribune.comHe is not the strongest nor the fastest Twin, but Brian Dozier is on pace to become the franchise’s first player with at least 30 homers and 30 steals.

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