The New York Yankees gave Japan’s Masahiro Tanaka the fifth-richest contract for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history in an effort to bolster their starting staff after missing the playoffs last season for just the second time in the past 19 years.
Justin Verlander pitched Detroit to victory in a decisive Game 5 in Oakland for the second consecutive year, sending the Tigers to Boston for a showdown with the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.
The Detroit utility responsible for electricity at the Tigers’ baseball stadium said an outage that interrupted yesterday’s playoff game against the Boston Red Sox was isolated and that it doesn’t expect another incident.
Justin Verlander pitched eight scoreless innings and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer as the Detroit Tigers reached their third consecutive American League Championship Series with a 3-0 win at the Oakland Athletics.
The Detroit Tigers, fueled by the strikeout arms of Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, are trying to win a World Series with a pitching achievement not seen since Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to the championship in 1963.
Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers won the American League Cy Young Award in a unanimous vote after becoming the 12th pitcher in 50 seasons to lead his league in wins, earned run average and strikeouts.