Tuesday offered a fairly typical evening for the 2017 version of Justin Verlander. While Verlander settled down to shut the Royals out for the next six innings, he has been alternately wild and hittable, a frustrating duality for a pitcher who just last year deserved the American League Cy Young Award. With a starting pitching trade market big on depth but relatively barren of those with frontline reputations, is Verlander going to be available?
The sport may be called 'softball,' but there's nothing soft about it. University of Oklahoma softball pitcher Paige Parker proved that point after she was invited to throw the first pitch at a Kansas City Royals game on June 20. Parker hit the batting cages to warm-up with Royals catcher Drew Butera ahead of her first pitch. According to Sooner Sports, though she started off with easy throws at first, the Royals players wanted to see what she was really made of. SEE ALSO: Jake the extremely good waterboy is the star of minor league baseball When Parker started giving the pitches her all, one practically knocked Butera to the ground as he caught it. “They were pretty shocked about how much my
MIAMI -- The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, who find themselves embroiled in a heated division race, just like the good ol’ days, also happen to be reaching out to the same team for help. Those firesale-loving Miami Marlins are open for business, and guess who’s calling? The Yankees and Red Sox have each recently informed the Marlins that they have interest in third baseman Martin Prado, according to high-ranking officials with direct knowledge of the preliminary talks. They spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the trade talks. The Yankees also would like to acquire Marlins power-hitting first baseman Justin Bour. Oh, and how each team could