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Hard-throwing Verlander, Darvish downplay pitching duel
MLB » Pitching showdown recalls days of Ryan and Clemens.

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"Because he’s a competitor, he knows who’s on the other side," Washington said. "But to stick your chest out and say, ‘I relish that,’ it’s a game in May. He wants to win it as bad as Verlander wants to win it, but it’s certainly not a championship or World Series matchup. It’s just a ballgame that’s on the schedule."

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