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V is for victory
Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.03 ERA) looks to become the first 11-game winner in the Majors when Houston hosts the last-placed Kansas City Royals in the afternoon finale of the four-game series.
The 39-year-old ace, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, appears to be a lock for his ninth career All-Star selection on Sunday as a long layoff following Tommy John surgery sees him make a stellar return this season.
Verlander will be on seven days’ rest since pitching eight innings of a two-hit ball in a 2-0 win at the New York Mets last week. Since being tagged in a 7–0 loss by the White Sox on June 18, he has only been allowed one run and six hits in 15 innings in consecutive wins against the first-place Yankees and Mets.
Breakout ace Tony Gonsolin (10-0) of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers takes a major league-low 1.54 ERA in his matchup with rookie outfielder Seiya Suzuki and the upcoming Chicago Cubs.
Gonsolin should be a shoo-in to make his first All-Star team this weekend, and another skimpy outing only builds his strong case to start for the National League on his home mound at Dodger Stadium on July 19. Will increase
Miami Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara (9-3, 1.82 ERA) appears to be Gonsolin’s primary competition for that honor.
With a major lead over their longtime rivals in the AL East, Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees opened a four-game series at Fenway Park against Xander Bogarts and the Boston Red Sox.
Gerrit Cole (7-2, 2.99 ERA) pitches for the Yankees, who come in with the best record in baseball. It is the first of seven meetings between the teams over the next 11 days before the All-Star break. They have not played each other since the Yankees took two of the three at home from Boston on April 8–10 to start the season.
bet on oneself
Yankees boss Hal Steinbrenner said on Wednesday that he learns that Slugger’s outstanding first half could push the price up to sign Judge to a long-term contract.
Judge turned down an eight-year deal from $230.5 million to $234.5 million before the season, and he now leads the majors in Homers with 30.
“We made an offer that I think was a very good one,” Steinbrenner said. “It was definitely based on numbers, but it was also based on what he meant to this organization. It was a combination of both. And we haven’t done a deal yet.”
Dylan Cease looks to continue his hot streak when he takes the mound for the White Sox in the four-game home series opener against the Detroit Tigers.
The struggle was 4–2 with a 4.24 ERA after an uncharacteristically poor start on May 24, when they conceded seven runs in three innings, losing to Boston.
Since then, he is 3-1 with 0.45 ERA in seven starts. Siege made five appearances without allowing an earned run, and allowed one run in each of his last two outings, both victories.
He is 7-3 this season with a 2.51 ERA.
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