Justin Verlander earned the victory on Wednesday as the Tigers completed a sweep against the Indians, but his pitching line wasn’t pretty. In five innings, he allowed five runs on 10 hits. His ERA sits at 3.66 after it was 1.55 just three starts ago. In those three starts, Verlander has allowed 16 runs on 22 hits in 12.2 innings. Verlander had to work hard for his fifth win of the year. He threw 110 pitches to get through five innings. He gave up 10 hits, including a home run, but the Tigers high power offense was led once again by Miguel Cabrera who went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, three RBIs, two runs, a walk and a double. Verlander will look to rebound in his next start on Monday at home against the Pirates.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
- Adam Eaton (elbow) suffered a setback in his rehab when he experienced renewed soreness in his left elbow. Eaton left his rehab assignment and has returned to Phoenix for an examination. There seems to be some hope that this is a minor setback, but there is a very real chance that Eaton needs Tommy John Surgery to repair his injury. The Diamondbacks already have four outfielders (Cody Ross, Gerardo Parra, Jason Kubel, and A.J. Pollock) they are trying to fit into three spots.
- C.J. Wilson allowed just one run in eight innings of the Angels victory over the Mariners on Wednesday. Wilson struck out 10 Mariners in his eight innings, and now owns a 3.39 ERA through 10 starts. He’ll take his next turn Monday against the Dodgers.
- Giancarlo Stanton (hamstring) took live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since straining his right hamstring. There is still no firm timetable for Stanton to return, but the middle of June could be a possibility.
- Clay Buchholz improved to 7-0 on Wednesday. Buchholz holding the White Sox to one run over seven innings as the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox. A drop off for Buchholz is sure to come, but fantasy owners need to enjoy the ride while they can with him.
- Chris Davis went 4-for-4 including his 14th home run Wednesday as the Orioles beat the Yankees 6-3. Since May 9, he’s hitting .375 with five home runs and 13 RBIs. Davis is tied with Justin Upton for the league lead in home runs, and he trails only Miguel Cabrera in RBI.
- Josh Rutledge had never taken an at-bat at Triple-A before he popped on the scene last year and hit .345 over his first 150 plate appearances last season. He limped to the finish line by hitting .197 in September, but there was alot of confidence that Rutledge would get off to a good start this year. Unfortunately, Rutledge has struggled this year and on Wednesday, the Rockies made the decision to send him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Rutledge will be back, but don’t be surprised if his first 150 AB last year are not duplicated again.
- Jamie Garcia (shoulder) is done for the season after it was determined that he has a 30-40 percent tear of his of the labrum in his left shoulder. On Friday, Garcia will have his surgery performed in St. Louis. The Cardinals will now look at their options that include John Gast, Shelby Miller, and Tyler Lyons to fill Garcia’s spot in the rotation.
- Ryan Madson (elbow) suffered yet another setback in his recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery. Madson felt new soreness while trying to throw earlier this week and he has been shut down indefinitely. Fantasy owners can go ahead and release Madson in any format because his comeback bid in 2013 is in real jeopardy.