DETROIT (CBS Detroit) The wildfire surrounding what could be metro Detroit hottest couple — Justin Verlander and Kate Upton — raged a little hotter Thursday with news the twosome spent the New Year’s holiday together.

The New York Post reported the “lovebirds” spent time at the Ritz Carlton on St. Thomas “going for walks around the grounds and by the pool.” The Post reported the Tigers ace kept a “conservative distance” from the world-famous bikini model, though they were there together.

So is Upton, 20, helping Verlander,29, recover from the World Series loss?

His grandfather Richard Verlander Sr. seemed to think so, saying last year, “I heard he has been on dates with a Sports Illustrated girl. I saw a photo. She’s beautiful. They make a good-looking pair because he’s a good-looking man, too.”

That’s as close to confirmation as anyone has gotten, though the two were spotted getting cozy in metro Detroit last July. Someone at Coyote Joe’s in Shelby Township took snaps of them leaning into each other and laughing.

Upton, a Michigan native, was also spotted dancing around in a Tigers hat in Verlander’s suite at Comerica Park in July, which made headlines not only for the obvious reasons, but because the underage hottie appeared to be drinking a beer.

So will they go public in 2013?







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