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Posts Tagged ‘Cy Young Award.’

Tonight’s feature pitching matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Justin Verlander as Detroit visits Texas

Justin Verlander (megasportsnews.com photo)

Yu Darvish (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

There’s going to be a dynamite pitching matchup tonight in Arlington, Texas as the Detroit Tigers visit the Texas Rangers.

Two of the American League’s top right-handers will hook up, Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander.

The 26-year-old Darvish is the ace of the Rangers’ starting rotation and baseball’s strikeout leader with 80.

The 30-year-old Verlander, a perennial Cy Young Award candidate, is the ace of the Detroit staff. He has led the American League in strikeouts in three of the past four seasons.

 

Mets sign Marcum to replaced traded Dickey in rotation

Shaun Marcum (photo by Royalbroil via wikipedia commons)

The New York Mets have found a replacement for traded Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey in their starting rotation.

The team has signed free-agent right-hander Shaun Marcum, who is 31-years-old.

Marcum was 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts for Milwaukee in 2012.

In his career, which also has a stop in Toronto, he is 57-36 with a 3.76 ERA and 746 strikeouts.

 

Info compiled from MLB & New York Mets

Clemens pitches well at age 50 for Sugar Land Skeeters; next start on Sept 7

 

Roger Clemens (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

“The Rocket” Roger Clemens thinks he can make a comeback to Major League Baseball.

Pitching for the first time in 5 years, the 50-year-old Clemens threw 3.1 scoreless innings last Saturday night for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League.

Clemens pitched against the Bridgeport Bluefish and allowed one hit without a walk and threw 37 pitches. He struck out former MLB outfielder Joey Gathright to start the game.

The fireballer’s next start will be on September 7 for the Skeeters.

Clemens has Hall of Fame numbers no doubt, 354 wins 184 losses, a 3.12 ERA with 4,672 strikeouts. He pitched for Boston, Toronto, the Yankees twice and Houston.

Clemens was an 11-time All-Star, 2-time All-Star, with 7 Cy Young Awards and was named to the MLB All-Century team.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & MLB news

Mark Prior making comeback with Triple-A Pawtucket

 

Mark Prior with Cubs (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

When Mark Prior was pitching in the early days of his career, he was very dominant and teammed with Kerry Wood to form a great one-two punch at the top of the Chicago Cubs pitching rotation.

Then multiple injuries set in.

He was a 2003 National League All-Star and from 2002-2006 with the Cubs, overall he was a respectable 42-29 record, with a 3.51 ERA and 757 strikeouts.

Now 31-years-old and six years after last pitching in the major leagues, Prior has been promoted to Pawtucket, the Boston Red Sox’ Triple-A team.

Prior was the second overall pick of the Cubs in the 2001 amateur draft. He was third in the NL Cy Young Award voting in 2003 with a record of 18-6 and an ERA of 2.43.

 

Info compiled from Pawtucket PawSox, Radio & TV news

Tigers’ Verlander just misses third no-hitter; one-hits Pirates in 6-0 win

 

Justin Verlander (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Detroit Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander pitched a terrific game at Comerica Park on Friday night.

The 29-year-old righthander came within two outs of his third no-hitter, allowing only one hit, Josh Harrison’s ninth-inning single in a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Entering the ninth inning, Verlander had only thrown 95 pitches. He got ahead of Harrison with 1 out and a 1-2 breaking ball which was hit for a soft liner up the middle which shortstop Jhonny Peralta could not get to.

Verlander, now 5-1 on the season, threw the sixth career shutout, his 16th complete game and the 51st straight regular-season start where he pitched at least six innings.

The 29-year-old Virginia native, the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, has a career record of 112-58 with a 3.47 ERA and 1,283 strikeouts.

Verlander has two no-hitters in his career: June 12, 2007 against Milwaukee and May 7, 2011 vs. Toronto.

 

 

Info compiled from Detroit Tigers & Major League Baseball news

 

 

 

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