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Justin Verlander leaves Monday's game early with shoulder soreness

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Justin Verlander exited the Detroit Tigers' game at Pittsburgh's PNC Park Monday night with shoulder soreness and is expected to be formally evaluated Tuesday. Verlander had surrendered five runs in an error-filled first inning, before batting in the nine spot in the top of the second inning, completing a sacrifice bunt. Pitcher Max Scherzer appeared to be pinch hitting for Verlander when he put on a batting helmet in the dugout, before Verlander eventually took the at-bat himself, according to MLive's Chris Iott. 

The AL Central-leading Tigers made a big splash at the trade deadline by acquiring former Rays' starting pitcher David Price. The addition of Price gave the Tigers three former Cy Young Award winners as well as the American League's 2013 ERA leader, Anibal Sanchez, despite Sanchez's recent move to the DL.

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But the team's lead is slipping in the wake of pitching injuries and a surging Kansas City Royals squad, with Detroit's newly acquired setup man Joakim Soria also on the DL

The Tigers' bullpen played in one of its longest games ever Sunday, pitching 19 innings before eventually falling to the Toronto Blue Jays

- Will Green

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