Tigers reach deal with first-round pick Justin Verlander

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers reached a five-year deal with right-handed pitcher Justin Verlander, the second overall pick in the June draft. The Tigers said earlier this month they had given up trying to sign the junior from Old Dominion because of a large gap between the two sides over a signing bonus. The Tigers announced the contract Friday. Details were not immediately available. Detroit took four college pitchers in the first five rounds of the June draft, starting with Verlander. He had a school-record 151 strikeouts last season. He had a 7-6 record and 3.49 ERA in 16 games.

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