Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty" Follow on Twitter Yu Darvish is known to put pressure on himself and, since he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, there is a sense around that team that he wants to prove himself to his new teammates. The perception in the room is that he wants to demonstrate that he was a worthy addition as a finishing piece to a championship-caliber team. Human nature. As if all of that isn’t enough: Darvish has many tens of millions of dollars on the line as a potential free agent this fall, and the 2017 season hasn’t gone according to plan for him.
More on Odor at the plate... Fraley: Teams are begging, they're just giving him hits to the other way the way they're playing these shifts. All these guys do - I think [Nomar] Mazara is a great example of a young guy who gets it. Mazara sees the shift, and he just serves the ball to left and takes a single and keeps the line moving to use that cliché. And that's what you got to do. Odor decides when he's going to beat the shift, he's going to hit over it, and that's what you're getting this year. Sherrington: I think we've seen Joey Gallo have a real progression here in that he's been more selective at the plate, but when you're 6'5" you can reach those pitches. Rougie cannot reach those pitches,
The New York Yankees and St Louis Cardinals kept pace in the MLB play-off race with wins on Tuesday. The Yankees took down the Minnesota Twins 5-2, while the Cardinals came back to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 in extra innings. The Yankees remained