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Tigers Draft Verlander’s Brother In 14th Round

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 7: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning at Comerica Park on June 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Verlander recorded his eighth win, 7-5 over the Indians. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – JUNE 7: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the seventh inning at Comerica Park on June 7, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Verlander recorded his eighth win, 7-5 over the Indians. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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LARRY LAGE,AP Sports Writer

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers are giving Justin Verlander’s brother another shot to become a professional.

Detroit selected Old Dominion outfielder Ben Verlander in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.

The Tigers drafted him in the 46th round three years ago out of high school, but he chose to go to college.

“It wasn’t just one of those scenarios where they were just picking him to do the Verlander family a favor,” the Tigers’ ace said after Detroit beat Cleveland 6-4. “He earned this all on his own.”

Ben Verlander hit .367 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs as a junior last season.

His brother expects him to skip his senior year to join Detroit’s organization.

“I think he wants a chance to play professional baseball,” Justin Verlander said.

The Tigers selected Justin Verlander with the No. 2 overall pick in 2004 and he has become one of baseball’s best pitchers.

“Just to be drafted is an honor,” the Tigers’ right-hander said. “To be drafted to the team that your big brother’s on is even more cool.”

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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