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Justin Verlander named MLB2K12 cover athlete, 2011 Players Choice Player of the Year

Justin Verlander and 2K Sports announced tonight that JV will be the cover athlete for their next game, MLB2K12. That's probably the most exciting news today. It should make for some pretty fun commercials on TV next spring as well.

Verlander said on Twitter: "Dream come true and can't wait for the March release."

He was also named the AL Pitcher of the Year by the Players Choice Awards, which are currently being shown on the MLB Network. He's in the running for MLB Player of the Year. We'll update after that announcement, set for later in the show.

UPDATE: The 2011 Players Choice Award for MLB Player of the Year went to Justin Verlander as well.