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Tigers’ ace Verlander passes on World Baseball Classic

General February 11, 2013

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander watches from the dugout in the seventh inning during Game 1 of the MLB World Series baseball championship against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco(Reuters) – Former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers has declined an invitation to pitch for the United States at next month's World Baseball Classic (WBC). Verlander, who helped the Tigers reach last year's World Series, had left open the possibility of participating in the WBC when provisional rosters were announced last month but now said he needs the time to prepare for the upcoming 2013 Major League Baseball season. "I don't want to have to feel rushed to catch up to where I need to be," Verlander told reporters at Detroit's spring training camp in Florida on Monday. …


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