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  1. Baseball’s last undefeated team fell on Sunday

    Apr 6, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Unfortunately, there will NOT be a 162-0 team this season.

  2. Picking the Royals to win … again

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Chicago White Sox

    Joe Posnanski picks the Royals to win the division for the 17th consecutive season.

  3. Jacoby Ellsbury will start Yankees’ spring training finale

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to write Jacoby Ellsbury‘s name in the starting lineup when the Yankees wrap up spring training against the Marlins at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Saturday afternoon. Ellsbury has been dealing with a tight right calf since the middle of…

  4. Masahiro Tanaka had a heck of a game against the Marlins on Friday

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    Yankees GM Brian Cashman signed Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract in January, then spent some time deflating expectations for the right-hander. His spring performance, including his final outing Friday afternoon against the Marlins, may have reinflated those expectations. Hiroki Kuroda started and tossed three scoreless innings before Tanaka entered the…

  5. Survey says: Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel the best at what they do

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post polled 18 scouts and executives for a ranking of the five best position players, starting pitchers, relief pitchers, managers and general managers entering the 2014 regular season. As you can probably guess, Mike Trout won the ballot for best position player, with two-time defending AL MVP Miguel Cabrera…

  6. Tigers, Max Scherzer cut off extension talks

    Mar 23, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT

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    As first reported by MLive.com’s Chris Iott, the Tigers made a final long-term extension offer this weekend to the representatives of right-hander Max Scherzer and had it rejected. The two sides will wait until the offseason to pick the negotiations back up, and there’s obviously now a very good chance that Scherzer will be hitting…

  7. Anibal Sanchez has a sore shoulder

    Mar 17, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    Detroit choosing Justin Verlander over Max Scherzer to start on Opening Day was a reminder of just how star-studded the Tigers’ rotation is, but here’s a slight buzzkill: No. 3 starter and reigning ERA champ Anibal Sanchez was scratched from today’s scheduled start with shoulder soreness. For now the Tigers are saying they expect Sanchez…

  8. Justin Verlander, not Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, will start Opening Day for the Tigers

    Mar 17, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Max Scherzer is the reigning American League Cy Young winner, but he won’t be starting for the Tigers until the second game of the season. Rookie manager Brad Ausmus has decided on Justin Verlander as the Opening Day starter. No surprise, really. As great as Scherzer was last season–going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and…

  9. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  10. Justin Verlander was solid in his spring debut

    Mar 11, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Justin Verlander got a late start to his spring training thanks to a core-muscle repair surgery in early January. But one gets the sense that he’ll be ready for the season regardless. Verlander pitched four innings against the Blue Jays today, throwing 52 pitches while giving up a single, walking two and striking out two. The key for…

  11. Kate Upton, Max Scherzer, and Bryan Holaday in what appears to be a women’s swimsuit …

    Mar 2, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

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    Joba Chamberlain‘s Oscar party is better than yours … Too many bikini models in 1 room #nofilter @KateUpton @jbholaday @Max_Scherzer @JustinVerlander pic.twitter.com/ypLhfQmBAz — Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_44) March 3, 2014 That is Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday posing in a patriotic one-piece with supermodel Kate Upton, rumored girlfriend of Detroit ace Justin Verlander. And there’s Max Scherzer…

  12. Justin Verlander to make spring debut on Thursday

    Mar 2, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

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    Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent surgery in January after injuring a groin muscle during offseason conditioning and there was talk that he might have to miss a couple regular season starts. But everything appears to be on the right track here in early March. According to beat writer Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Verlander…

  13. Latest research shows managers inefficient when taking pitchers out of the game

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati

    Peter Dizikes of the MIT News Office highlights one of the finalists in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, currently being held in Boston. The paper, “A Data-driven Method for In-game Decision Making in MLB”, was developed by John Guttag and Ganeshapillai Gartheeban. Guttag and Gartheeban’s developed a model that suggested when managers should take their…

  14. Jordan Zimmermann isn’t concerned about signing a long-term extension with the Nationals

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann signed a two-year, $24 million deal to avoid arbitration back in January. The right-hander, who has finished each of the past three seasons with an ERA of 3.25 or better, had been discussing a long-term deal with the organization, but the two sides were ultimately too far apart and agreed on…

  15. Justin Verlander’s life is hard

    Feb 20, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

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    There are “first world problems.” Then there is the guy who is having sex with Kate Upton who now has more exotic sports cars than he can fit in his garage: Justin Verlander has a problem, and it’s totally unrelated to baseball. A noted sports car enthusiast, Verlander’s impressive collection officially reached nine cars this…

  16. Justin Verlander throws 54-pitch bullpen session

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

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    There had been some worry that Justin Verlander wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day following surgery to repair a torn “core muscle” in mid-January, but he threw for the first time last week and advanced to throwing a 54-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Manager Brad Ausmus seemed pleased with how the mound session went and Verlander…

  17. Justin Verlander throws off a mound, expects to be ready for the start of the 2014 season

    Feb 11, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent surgery in January after injuring a core muscle during offseason conditioning and the initial expectation was that he’d be behind his fellow rotation mates when spring training began. But that might not be the case. According to beat writer Chris Iott of MLive.com, the right-hander threw 20 pitches off a…

  18. Picture of the Day: Justin Verlander and Kate Upton “cozying up” at Super Bowl party

    Feb 1, 2014, 7:39 PM EDT

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    GQ magazine threw a Super Bowl party last night. Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander was among those in attendance and the New York Daily News reports that he was “cozying up to” model (and former/current/whatever girlfriend) Kate Upton. Under normal circumstances I might make fun of Verlander’s outfit in that picture, but a) obviously it has…

  19. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  20. Justin Verlander says Seahawk Richard Sherman would get a “high and tight fastball” if he played baseball

    Jan 19, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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    The Seattle Seahawks punched their ticket to the Super Bowl tonight thanks in part to some great defense by cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman broke up a pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then had one of the most interesting post-game interviews you’ll ever find. Shouting at the top of his lungs, ostensibly because…

  21. What can the Dodgers expect from Clayton Kershaw over the next seven years?

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Per MLB.com, the Dodgers locked up Clayton Kershaw for seven years at $215 million earlier today. Dodgers president Stan Kasten is hopeful that the club will make the deal official by Friday morning. The news caused our eyes to jump to the horizon, wondering how the lefty will fare between now and 2020. But first,…

  22. Justin Verlander underwent surgery after tearing a muscle while conditioning

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

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    This is not the kind of offseason news the Tigers needed: Justin Verlander underwent muscle repair surgery today after injuring himself last month during offseason conditioning. It was surgery to “a core muscle” but which muscle was injured was not specified. The surgery was said to be successful, as all surgeries are on the day they are…

  23. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  24. Mike Trout vs. Miguel Cabrera a proxy battle in a larger cold war

    Nov 15, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

    Mike Trout, Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera has beaten out Mike Trout for the AL MVP award for the second straight year. It’s not a surprise. Cabrera dominated offensively for most of 2013 and a consensus about him being the MVP front-runner was firmly in place by mid-summer. By the time he was injured at the end of August, there was…

  25. Miguel Cabrera wins second straight AL MVP Award

    Nov 14, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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    It’s a repeat. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was announced as the winner of the American League Most Valuable Player Award by the BBWAA this evening, beating out finalists Mike Trout and Chris Davis. Cabrera received 23 out of the 30 first-place votes to accomplish the repeat. Trout received five first-place votes while Davis and…

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