A Japanese court on Tuesday convicted the brother of Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish of gambling on baseball games, handing him a suspended prison sentence. The Osaka District Court found Sho Darvish guilty of taking hundreds of bets on Major League Baseball and on professional baseball games in Japan last year. The court said the 27-year-old younger brother of Yu Darvish was sentenced to two years and four months in prison, but it was suspended for five years.
With a week to go in the MLB season, the Texas Rangers are tied with Boston for the best record in the American League with records of 92 wins and 64 losses. The composition of these two teams’ wins and losses is radically different. Boston has scored 192 more runs than they have allowed, while Texas’ has a paltry +11 run differential. In the world of sports metrics, Texas’ win-loss record would routinely be chalked up to luck, but that conclusion is likely flawed. The Rangers have set a new historical standard for winning one-run games. Their record of 36-11 in these games surpasses any mark as far back as 1883, long before the “modern era.” In terms of the evaluation of team strength, however,
"My whole thing is to perform better," Holland said. "My teammates have been supportive, but we've all got to go out there and do our jobs. I haven't had the kind of year I wanted to have and when you aren't performing, you are going to be in the situation I am." Briefly: The Milwaukee series, which begins Monday, will be a reunion with his old mates for C Jonathan Lucroy. He expects plenty of trash talk with Brewers C Martin Maldonado. "It will be fun, but no matter who is in the other dugout, we have business to take care of," Lucroy said. -- While Lucroy joked he might threaten to bunt against Garza, who is not a fan of the tactic, 3B Adrian Beltre definitely won't lay one down. He's 11 for