Sometimes there’s even a battle on the ground when a ball falls without being caught. It was the top of the seventh inning, and Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was about to throw his 117th pitch to Kansas City Royals batter Whit Merrifield. When the pitch came in, Merrifield popped it up, and it went behind him toward the stands on the first base side.
Within the first several weeks of the Theo Epstein administration, the Cubs finished second in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes, though nowhere close to the $51.7 million the Texas Rangers bid for the exclusive rights to negotiate a six-year, $60 million deal with the Japanese superstar. The Cubs will probably have to wait a few more months for their next shot at Darvish, who is “unlikely to move” before the July 31 trade deadline, a source monitoring the situation said Monday. Darvish means enough to the franchise’s bottom line as a box-office draw and magnet for corporate sponsors that the Rangers would be reluctant to trade a player with global appeal and potentially jeopardize that relationship
Former Detroit Tiger J.D. Martinez is starting to settle in with his new team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's not easy going to a new team, you know. You have to start from scratch, get to know people — those sorts of things. Martinez is off to a good start though, because he made a brand new friend before the Diamondbacks game on Monday night. Monday night was Martinez’s first start at home as a Diamondback and he certainly lived up to expectations. He crushed a home run to center field in the sixth inning: And from the looks of it, he promised a home run to the little boy in the photo: It’s good to see Martinez doing well with his new team.