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Justin Verlander Gets a Pet Tiger

Saturday, March 30, 2013 2:00 PM

Before the news broke that Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander inked an enormous contract extension, the former Cy Young winner and MVP set Twitter ablaze Friday morning with a cute but ferocious addition to his family.

“Riley” is Verlander’s adorable dog, who ranks up there with David Price’s “Astro,” Adam Jones’ “Missy” and Sandy Alderson’s “Buddy” as MLB’s cutest social media canines.

Action is on Eric Byrnes to post more pictures of Porkchop if he wants to make the list. Maybe even bring him by the MLB Fan Cave for a visit?

Verlander’s big day continued into the afternoon when news surfaced that he signed a five-year extension, surpassing Felix Hernandez’s $175 million contract to become MLB’s highest-paid pitcher.

What impulse buy would you make to celebrate your big extension? Sticking with the jungle theme, I’d spring for a lion, but I’m a Leo, not a Tiger.

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