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Justin Verlander Reportedly Banned Reporter From The Locker Room

Justin Verlander blowing a bubble with his gum.

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 01: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros looks on from the dugout in the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on May 1, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander was on the losing end of the biggest upset of the MLB season on Wednesday night, as the Detroit Tigers beat their old starting pitcher, 2-1, despite entering the game as the biggest underdog of the year.

Verlander had a solid outing, going nine innings and allowing only two runs, though he gave up the winning run in the top of the ninth inning.

The former Tigers pitcher appeared to be frustrated after the game, as he reportedly refused to speak to a Detroit reporter.

The Free-Press reports that they were banned from attending Verlander's post-game scrum.

The Houston Astros blocked the Detroit Free Press from attending Justin Verlander’s postgame media scrum on Wednesday night, violating Baseball Writers’ Association of America protocol and possibly the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

The Astros blocked the Free Press at Verlander’s request, according to Gene Dias, Astros vice president of communications, who told the Free Press reporter assigned to cover the game that Verlander was “adamant” in saying he would not speak to any credentialed media if the reporter was part of the postgame media scrum.

The specific reporter was not named, though it's likely Verlander has a history with him/her.

The Detroit Free-Press says it will be protesting with the MLB.

“Blocking a working reporter from doing his job is unprofessional, disappointing and intolerable,” Free Press executive editor Peter Bhatia said. “We will be protesting to MLB and the Astros.”

Verlander, 36, played in Detroit from 2005-17.