Justin Verlander got roughed up again as the Blue Jays tagged him for five runs on six hits, including two home runs, and four walks with just four strikeouts over seven innings Thursday afternoon.
It has been a rough and trying season for Verlander and it is safe to say that he isn't the pitcher that he was two years ago. While he will still have stellar games on occasion, he isn't a pitcher that you can feel confident in every fifth day. While normally these type of numbers would scream "buy low," you should stay away from Verlander.ANALYST: David Kerr
Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced on Monday.
The Lions will play the Thursday game again this week, so while they've had a full seven days to prepare, Megatron won't take his usual day off from practice. That has to be encouraging to plenty of fantasy owners as he and Matthew Stafford would like to build off such a strong Thanksgiving performance. Analysis: Howard Bender
Reds signed C Dayan Diaz to a minor league contract.
Diaz climbed up from High-A to Triple-A over two seasons in the Red Sox system and finished last year with a 1.89 ERA and 7.74 K/9 over 57 innings of relief at the highest point. He could find a place in the Reds bullpen, though he could be better suited as one of those guys who rides the shuttle between Louisville and Cincinati all year. Analysis: Howard Bender