Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler had harsh words Tuesday for Angel Hernandez, saying the veteran umpire should get a different job. A day after being ejected from a game for questioning Hernandez's calls on balls and strikes, Kinsler told reporters covering the Tigers that Hernandez is a bad umpire who is "messing" with games "blatantly." "It has to do with changing the game. He's changing the game. He needs to find another job, he really does," Kinsler said. Kinsler's comments were reported online by multiple media outlets just before Detroit played the Texas Rangers and early in the game. After the Rangers' 10-4 win Tuesday night, when Hernandez worked third base, the umpire said he
At his core, Justin Verlander is not complex. Sure, there are the realities that have become embedded in the Detroit Tigers ace right-hander's personality: the baseball fame and the more famous fiancée, the mega millions salary and the life in the limelight, which can easily distract from the down-to-Earth demeanor that is often visible inside the Tigers clubhouse. On this night, he was only surrounded by a few familiar beat reporters inside the visitor's clubhouse at Globe Life Park. Verlander lounged in his chair, legs crossed, and transitioned with ease from the game that just happened – another Tigers loss, their ninth in the past 11 games – to a trade that might take place in the next couple weeks, or over the winter, or never.
It was an emotional return to the mound for Chad Bettis on Monday night. Bettis had been an anchor of the Colorado Rockies lineup last season leading the team in wins and innings pitched, but had not seen major league action yet this year after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last November. Bettis said after the game that keeping his emotions in check was, understandably, one of the toughest parts of the night. "You try to get your mind clear because of the task at hand, and then to be hit with that emotion, it was unbelievable," Bettis said.