Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Kenta Maeda of the Los Angeles Dodgers have made it through the fifth inning with dueling no-hitters Sunday. Maeda hasn't allowed baserunner. Verlander retired the first 13 Los Angeles hitters before walking Yasiel Puig on a full count in the fifth. Verlander has struck out eight against the team with the best record in the major leagues. Maeda has six strikeouts. The closest either team has come to a hit was a line drive by Corey Seager of the Dodgers in the fourth that was caught at the warning track by Detroit right fielder Alex Presley.
Upset over “escalating verbal attacks” on its members, the World Umpires Association issued a statement and wore white wristbands in protest across Major League Baseball games on Saturday. The final straw in the battle between players and umpires was an altercation between Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler and home plate umpire Angel Hernandez on Monday in Texas. Kinsler was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, and harshly criticized Hernandez after the game. Per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press: Kinsler, an 11-year veteran, unloaded on Hernandez’s performance, saying, “It has to do with changing the game. He’s changing the game. He needs to find another job, he really does.”
The Cleveland Indians made it eight wins in nine MLB games with a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.Less than a month ago, the Indians looked like a team that might not even make it into the postseason.Now, Cleveland (68-53) are starting