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Video: Justin Verlander's Bizarre Balk

This is one of the more odd scenes you'll see in a baseball game. In a game against the Oakland A's, Tigers' pitcher Justin Verlander threw a wierd looking pitch that he never really wound up for and ended up hitting David DeJesus. Honestly though, that description doesn't really tell you what happened. I'm really not sure how to describe it, you just have to see it...

That's like how someone's dad might throw a pitch at his kid's little league practice.

A's manager Bob Geren said it was "the strangest thing he had ever seen."

I don't think I'd go that far, but it was strange. As it turns out, Verlander wanted to throw to first for a pickoff attempt, but just didn't set up his body in the correct position. So rather than take a balk or make a bad throw to home, he just sort of short armed it toward him.

The umpires ended up ruling it a balk anyway and DeJesus as well as the runner on first were allowed to advance. On the positive side for Verlander, he did manage to work himself out of the two men on jam and get out of the inning.