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.
Now we're getting somewhere. Maybe. Officials with the Texas Rangers and the architect firm, HKS, Inc., plan to release a design update this week for the team's new $1 billion, retractable roof stadium. They have scheduled an 11 a.m. Thursday news conference to make the announcement. Team officials have been mum on what the stadium will actually look like, instead releasing conceptual images not long after HKS was announced as Globe Life Field's architectural firm. The Rangers said that excavation for the new stadium -- which is slated to be ready in time for the 2020 baseball season -- is planned for October. Last week, the Rangers secured some help in funding their share of stadium costs through
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