Justin Verlander tweaks his approach… at the plate

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Interleague play is coming up again, and Justin Verlander is sick of being an automatic out at the plate.

“To not succeed at anything pisses me off,” Verlander told CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler. “And not just to not succeed — to not excel.”

As a result, Verlander, who is 0-for-22 with 14 strikeouts lifetime as a hitter (including an 0-for-2 in the World Series), is working with hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and has tweaked his batting stance. The new approach led to him knocking a ball into the upper deck at Target Field in batting practice earlier this week.

“He’s better,” McClendon said. “I’m predicting he gets his first hit.”

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.