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DETROIT — Justin Verlander can expect a warm welcome Monday night when he pitches against his former team http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , the Detroit Tigers, for the second time in his career and first time in Comerica Park.Verlander (14-9, 2.73 ERA) remains a popular figure in Detroit even after the Tigers dealt him away at the waiver trade deadline last year. It was a trade he agreed to only at the last minute as his desire to pitch for a championship team overcame his reluctance to leave the franchise where he made his bones as a major league pitcher.“I am sure he had this series marked on his calendar for a while,” Detroit catcher James McCann told reporters. “Regardless of what we did to him last time. You know he’s going to want to come out and pitch well, coming back to Comerica.Article continues below ...He has faced his ex-team just once so far and it didn’t go so well for him.Detroit visited Houston earlier this year and pounded the ace of the World Series champions for four home runs among six hits good for six runs (one unearned) on July 15. Verlander took the loss but struck out 12 in six innings and didn’t walk a batter.Since his first appearance against Detroit, Verlander is 5-4 with a 3.93 ERA in his last nine starts.The Astros head to Detroit after losing 6-5 at Boston on Sunday night on a walk-off single by Red Sox pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland. Houston is 89-54 and 2 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the AL West while Detroit (59-84) is riding out the rest of the season, though it is 6-3 in its last nine games.“It will be a completely different animal the first time I go back to Comerica,” Verlander said in July.He will be opposed by left-hander Francisco Liriano, who at this time a year ago was pitching for the Astros.Liriano (4-9, 4.90) faced Houston in the other series against the Astros but did not figure in the decision during a start in which worked three innings, giving up a run on one hit with three walks and three strikeouts.Liriano picked up his first win since April 28 on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox when he allowed three runs, on seven hits in 5.0 innings.For his career, Liriano is 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA over four starts against the Astros.Rookie left fielder Christin Stewart can expect to get his first major league at-bat against Verlander after being called up to Detroit on Sunday when his team (Toledo) was eliminated by Durham from the International League playoffs. He hit .264 with 23 home runs and 77 RBI for the Mud Hens.“That’s one of the things we’ve been waiting for,” said manager Ron Gardenhire of the Tigers. “He’s going to play a lot this month. He’s going to get a lot of swings. He’s part of the future.“I want him playing (left field). I don’t want him DHing.”Also called up from Toledo by Detroit were veteran Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who will give the Tigers a third catcher, plus right-handed reliever Zac Reininger.Another pitcher or two will be called up by Detroit soon but Gardenhire declined to identify them because they haven’t been told yet. He said another infielder might be brought up if shortstop Jose Iglesias is unable to return from an abdominal strain.At least one of the pitchers is joining the rotation, the manager said, and Detroit will be going to a six-man rotation at that point.“I’ll tell those guys to keep doing what you’ve been doing,” Gardenhire said. “There’s a reason you’ve been called up here.” The Cubs spring home hosted college baseball over the weekend."In 2014 http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , the Cubs had the fourth overall selection in the June draft. Setting up a wide search of the country's available talent, they noted that the Indiana Hoosiers were playing a series in the Phoenix area in February. The Cubs brass set up an interview with Hoosiers catcher Kyle Schwarber, who crushed the interview. The Cubs selected Schwarber with that fourth pick that June. With that in mind, the Cubs should organize an annual four-team tournament in mid-February at Sloan Park.As teams set up their pre-conference schedule in college baseball, protocol is having four weekends of games in February and March. Teams from Texas, southern California, Florida, and much of the deep south often use three of these weekends to invite northern teams south. By late March conference schedules, which are determined by the league, kick in. That opening weekend, though, serves as a glaring example of a scouting opportunity. Many reasonably good college sides are housed in climates where mid-February is too early to schedule a home game. Pro venues in Arizona or Florida are available, and hitters haven't even officially reported.The upshot of a college tourney in February isn't to "draw an extra gate." Far from it. The reason to invite two or four teams to the spring site is to scout talent in a familiar climate. This past weekend, Northwestern and Brigham Young played three games at the Cubs’ Mesa home. In the process, the executive branch had an extended chance to better get to know two baseball teams. As far as prospects go, the Wildcats probably grade out as a C-minus squad, with the Cougars being more of a C-plus. Players from both sides will get drafted, and play pro ball. Probably, this season. This dry run Jose Reyes Jersey , though, was to work out the kinks in the system, I hope.The Cubs are likely quite familiar with the Wildcats baseball people, seeing as the Evanston campus isn’t far from Wrigleyville. Rightly or wrongly, BYU is often considered a rather clean baseball program, as well, with players expected to require a two-year service mission in their school years. In the future, what sorts of teams might be worth make sense?Southern schools, the hallmark of the college baseball landscape, don't need trips to Arizona. Nor do non-competitive northern sides. Trips to a Sloan tournament would be most useful for schools that would like to get in three or four good games early. As Mesa is Pac-12 territory, inviting a western school would be a natural. Any northern Pac-12 school would make sense. Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, or Oregon State would be natural. Toss in Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, and New Mexico State (Yeah, the last two are awfully south. A wider net is better than a smaller net.) Jeurys Familia Jersey , and you have nine options for one school.I'm very good with including an in-state school. With the advances in technology brimming, the days of assuming Illinois schools sending out pitchers tossing 85-87 mile-per-hourfastballs with regularity is a bit outdated. At least, among the more major programs. Inviting Illinois, Illinois State, Bradley, or Southern Illinois would be applicable. Northwestern could be an occasional invite. In a year the Illini or Northwestern aren't invited, link in a Big Ten school to be the third. When the Big Ten is represented, search for a northern Big 12 school, like Kansas or Kansas State. Louisville would be a fantastic invite, as would be Kentucky, Tennessee, or Memphis. Poaching a northeastern school might work, depending on the year and talent distribution.Aaaaaah, talent. Talent is why the idea makes sense. The college talent pool is wide and deep. While the "major conferences-only" mindset might have been valid in earlier seasons, that's by the boards, now. I'm as "SEC Baseball is the best" as anyone, but talent develops in all the Division One conferences these days. As a good coach is about "getting his players exposure", what could be better than three early games against quality foes in Arizona, while being scouted by MLB executives? Who should start recruiting teams for February of 2020? Who should get the first call? If I had my druthers Mike Piazza Jersey , I'd place a call to Louisville and Illinois as soon as possible. Fetching one or both for a mid-February tournament in either 2020 or 2021 would give the scouts a great chance to eye some talent early. If Illinois is out, a glance at the D-1 Big Ten rankings for the 2020 Draft class notes four of the top seven for next season are from the Wolverines program in Ann Arbor. Baseball schedules in college, unlike football or basketball, are planned from year-to-year, not three to four seasons in advance. Baseball schedules are announced officially as late as January before a February opening. If a quality northern program is alerted that the Cubs venue is on the prowl for February visitors, a 2021 tournament line-up ought to be a bit impressive. By hosting six full-length games in the Cubs facility, and the run-up scrimmages, using Rapsodo and Driveline devices on their practices and games gives the Cubs data points from which to draft. Paired with the applicable player interviews, setting up a series seems a no-brainer. My top 12 programs for a 2020 Sloan Park Tourney?LouisvilleMichiganIllinois (if not Michigan)Oregon StateStanford (if not Oregon State)Vanderbilt Kentucky (if not Vanderbilt)OklahomaOklahoma State (if not Oklahoma)East CarolinaTennessee (if no other SEC schools)Bradley, Illinois State, or Southern Illinois (if not Illinois)Plug in any of those four, and the Cubs brass could have a nice pulse on the impending draft class. If that works well, contemplate doing something similar on the preceding weekend regarding four high-end NAIA schools. Their weather tends to be rather dicey in early February, as well. Talent is talent, and the Cubs executives tend to know what they’re seeking. If the playing field is ready, let some teams get some scouting looks with the new-fangled computers firing.