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.”

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

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The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the club activated pitcher Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment.

Dayton, 29, went on the disabled list earlier this month with neck stiffness. He’ll resume with a 3.63 ERA and a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.

Romo, 34, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dodgers in February. It didn’t really work out, as the right-hander posted a 6.12 ERA with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His peripherals are still decent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a team in need of a bullpen arm makes a deal with the Dodgers within the week.

Nate Karns underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress.

The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners in January in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Over eight starts and one relief appearance, the 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.17 ERA and a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.

Karns will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the season, so he’ll be under the Royals’ control through 2020.