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Radio host Jack Clark tries to connect Verlander with 'juice'

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Former major-league slugger Jack Clark, on his radio show Monday, accused Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Clark is in his first week as co-host of an afternoon talk radio show on WGNU in St. Louis, where Pujols played through the 2011 World Series championship season of the Cardinals.

Clark said that while he was the hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the early 2000s, he was told by Chris Mihlfeld, who was a conditioning coach with the Dodgers, that Mihlfeld "shot him up," meaning Pujols.

Mihfeld denied that he told Clark the Pujols took PEDs, according to a report by ESPN.

Clark didn't stop with Pujols. He also expressed skepticism about Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who signed a contract extension in the off season and has not been as dominant this year as in previous seasons.

"Verlander was like Nolan Ryan, he threw 97, 98, 100 miles an hour from the first inning to the ninth inning. He got that big contract, now he can barely reach 92, 93. What happened to it? He has no arm problems, nothing's wrong. It's just the signs are there. The greed ... they juice up, they grab the money, and it's just a free pass to steal is the way I look at it," Clark said on his radio show.

Speaking to The Detroit News, Verlander called Clark's comments "moronic". He also said there could be legal action. "Obviously, right now I'm pretty upset," Verlander added. "Clearly, he doesn't know what he's talking about."

"I don't believe Verlander would be the type of person that would do that," said one fan.

"He does everything solid. He's saying it looks like it's this. It doesn't matter what it looks like. You're innocent until proven guilty. To me, until something happens, Verlander's our man," another fan said.

In his last outing in Cleveland, Verlander retired 21 of 23 batters and during one stretch of the game struck out seven while walking none. His fastball was clocked at 100 miles-per-hour in that game, and he was routinely charted in the mid-to-high 90s.

Verlander currently has 12-8 record and a 3.50 ERA heading into his next start Sunday in New York.

We reached out to the Tigers front office for comment, but did not get a response.

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