Storylines: Verlander gets first win in two months
- For years Justin Verlander has been the “ace,” of the Detroit Tigers and one of the best starting pitchers in baseball, however it has been a struggle for the former Cy Young the last two years. He got core muscle surgery in January and has not been the same ever since. In 17 starts this season Verlander is 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA and only 85 strikeouts. This would be his 3rd worse ERA of his career. He went six strong innings against a power laden A’s team after a rocky start. He gave up a Texas leaguer to Coco Crisp and then a solo shot to Brandon Moss before he settled in. Verlander only had 4 strikeouts but he felt his fastball and slider were his two best pitches today. This was his first win since May 30th.
- The Tribes 7-2-4 triple play is the second turned of that nature since the 1986 season when the Chicago White Sox did it against the Seattle Mariners.
Other News and Notes
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports that the Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement with both of their first round picks, righty pitcher Jeff Hoffman and catcher Max Pentecost. Hoffman’s contract is for $3.80 million while Pentecost is worth $2.88 million. Those our both the full slot-values for their selections.
- According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the Toronto Blue Jays have signed international prospects righty pitcher Juan Meza and shortstop Kevin Vicuna. Meza is ranked as the 10th best prospect while Vicuna is ranked as the 30th best prospect.
- Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to sign international shortstop, Gilbert Lara. He is ranked as the 5th best prospect. The Brewers will use him as a third basemen primarily.
- Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the San Diego Padres have extended outfielder Seth Smith by two years. It is worth $13 million. The Padres are said to have made this move to keep teams away from asking about his availability. He was traded to San Diego last offseason from the Oakland A’s in exchange for pitcher Luke Gregerson.
- Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement with international righties Anderson Espinoza and Chris Acosta. Espinoza is ranked 1st among all prospects while Acosta is ranked 11th.
- According Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, The Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement with international shortstop, Adrian Rondon. He is ranked 3rd among all prospects.
- The San Diego Padres are still in search of a GM ever since firing Josh Byrnes on June 22nd.
- Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago White Sox have claimed righty pitcher Angel Sanchez off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. He will be sent to Class-A ball.
- The Colorado Rockies traded minor league first basemen Harold Riggins for veteran righty pitcher Jair Jurrjens from the Cincinnati Reds. This move was made based on the numerous injuries that Rockies pitchers have acquired during the season.
- Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with international outfielder, Brayan Hernandez. He is ranked 8th among all prospects.
- Ben Badler of MLB.com reports that the New York Yankees will sign up to eight top international prospects over the next few days.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the New York Mets are not sure whether to buy or sell during the trading deadline. Jon Niese was said to be an “untouchable,” while Daniel Murphy is possibly available.