Venezuela is having as much fun on the field as any of the 16 teams at the Little League World Series. But the players and coaches have overcome civil strife and runaway inflation to get to the tournament in central Pennsylvania. They also have gotten an assist from two Venezuelan major leaguers. Both are from the Maracaibo area — the home of the Little League squad. The big league players are helping cover some transportation and visa costs. Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor tells The Associated Press he first learned to play baseball with the Maracaibo Little League and that's why he's lending a hand. San Diego Padres pitcher Jhoulys Chacin learned from a friend about the youngsters'
When Max Scherzer was a teenager, he didn't know that one day he'd actually become a two-time Cy Young Award winner. He had no guarantee he'd make it to the majors, much less play in five consecutive MLB All-Star games. All he knew was that he had the option to go pro as a kid or go to college, and back then, the Nationals' ace needed a contingency plan in case baseball didn't work out. Fortunately for Scherzer, it did, but he doesn't regret going to college at the University of Missouri, telling Santana Moss on CSN's "Route 89" going to school was a no-brainer. "It was actually a really easy decision," Scherzer told Moss. "When you get drafted out of high school, you're going to be going into
Coming into the season back in April, there were a lot of high expectations for the Boston Red Sox pitching rotation. After trading for the dominant Chris Sale and putting him beside reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and former Cy Young winner David Price, it seemed that the starting pitching would be one of our strong assets throughout the season. Chris Sale has lived up to the hype, putting up ridiculous strikeout numbers and dominating every start on his best Cy Young campaign yet. However, Porcello seems to be suffering from a terrible Cy Young hangover and David Price has been battling injuries all season. With two of the top three guys not pitching their best, another starting pitcher