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ON THIS DAY: Justin Verlander makes his major league debut vs. Indians
Sep 11, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) looks in for the sign during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park. The team wore American flags on there caps to commemorate 9/11. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been the subject of trade rumors of late as the Tigers continue to struggle. While it would certainly be unusual to see the ace in a different uniform other than the olde English D, it may be a necessity of what has become the modern way of sports.

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But for now, let’s throw it back to 2005 before all of his multiple accolades were achieved. A hot day in central Ohio against the Cleveland Indians on Independence Day was where his MLB career officially began.

His final stat line for the game: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.

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