Verlander Named To American League All-Star Team

July 05, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

July 5, 2009

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander (ODU '04) has been selected to the 2009 American League All-Star team. This year's 80th Midsummer All-Star Classic will be July 14 in St. Louis.

The All-Star teams were announced o MLB All-Star Selection Show Sunday. This will be Verlander's second All-Star selection. He pitched in the 2007 game.

Justin Verlander, whose dominant pitching has been a big reason for Detroit's lead atop the American League Central.

Verlander's selection was widely expected, honoring a year in which last season's AL leader in losses has reversed his fortunes to again become one of baseball's nastiest starting pitchers. With a fastball that has frequently topped out around 100 mph and a devastating curveball, Verlander leads the American League with 130 strikeouts, 44 of them in a four-start stretch in early May that started him on a winning streak of seven consecutive decisions. San Francisco's Tim Lincecum leads the majors with 132 strikeouts.

Verlander is currently 8-4 overall with a 3.54 earned run average. He is scheduled to pitch again on Tuesday against Kansas City.

Verlander pitched at ODU from 2002-04. He is the all-time strikeout king at ODU, The Colonial Athletic Associaton and the Commonwealth of Virginia with 427 strikeouts in 335.2 innings of work. Verlander finished his career with an 11.5 strikeout per nine innings average.

The native of Manakin-Sabot, Va., tossed a no-hitter against Milwaukee on June 12, 2007. The 2002 CAA Rookie of the Year also played for Team USA in the 2003 Pan Am Games.

 American League
Pos Player B/T

C Joe Mauer, MIN L/R

1B Mark Teixeira, NYY S/R

2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS R/R

SS Derek Jeter, NYY R/R

3B Evan Longoria, TB R/R

OF Jason Bay, BOS R/R

OF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA L/R

OF Josh Hamilton, TEX L/L

Pitchers Pos Player B/T

P Andrew Bailey, OAK R/R

P Josh Beckett, BOS R/R

P Mark Buehrle, CWS L/L

P Brian Fuentes, LAA L/L

P Zack Greinke, KC R/R

P Roy Halladay, TOR R/R

P Felix Hernandez, SEA R/R

P Edwin Jackson, DET R/R

P Joe Nathan, MIN R/R

P Jonathan Papelbon, BOS R/R

P Mariano Rivera, NYY R/R

P Justin Verlander, DET R/R

P Tim Wakefield, BOS R/R

Reserves Pos Player B/T

C Victor Martinez, CLE S/R

1B Justin Morneau, MIN L/R

1B Kevin Youkilis, BOS R/R

2B Aaron Hill, TOR R/R

SS Jason Bartlett, TB R/R

3B Michael Young, TEX R/R

OF Carl Crawford, TB L/L

OF Curtis Granderson, DET L/R

OF Torii Hunter, LAA R/R

OF Adam Jones, BAL R/R

OF Ben Zobrist, TB S/R