Add this to the list of why Justin Verlander is grateful to call Kate Upton his fiancée. During a Thursday appearance on ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” the Astros’ newest pitcher revealed the Sports Illustrated bombshell helped ease his mind after having only 40 minutes to decide where his MLB career would head next. “Thank goodness my fiance Kate was there,” Verlander, 34, said. The former Detroit Tiger was dealt to Houston after waiving his no-trade clause, and as Verlander further explained, Upton’s positivity came in handy at a crucial moment.
Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Minnesota Twins extended their lead for the American League's second wild card by beating the Detroit Tigers 12-1 on Thursday night. The Twins are 2 ? games ahead of the Angels in the race for the AL's final postseason spot. Los Angeles lost earlier in the day to Cleveland. Minnesota scored three runs apiece in the fourth and sixth innings, then added four more in the eighth. The Twins rebounded from a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees, routing a depleted Detroit team that is 4-17 in September after trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton. Adalberto Mejia fell one out short of a win, allowing a run and four hits in
No, there’s not a Bryce Harper or Manny Machado in the group, but a number of impending free agents have boosted their value and should cash in when the signing period begins after the World Series. J.D. Martinez: Martinez was already going to be the most coveted position player on the market because of his relative youth (30) and recent history of All-Star-level production, including an average of 28 home runs and a .898 on-base plus slugging percentage over his last three seasons with the Detroit Tigers. Then Martinez took off upon joining the Arizona Diamondbacks via trade, banging out 25 home runs in 54 games. Granted, the hitting environment in Phoenix is highly favorable, but Martinez’s OPS-plus — which adjusts for the player’s ballpark — is 158 with the Diamondbacks and 160 for the season, well above the major league norm.