Astros Prevail As Justin Verlander Outduels Cy Young Award Winner Blake SnellThe Astros star delivered, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 in a rare season-opening matchup between pitchers who finished first and second in balloting for the Cy Young Award.
Astros Add Offense, Sign Michael Brantley To 2-Year DealThe 31-year-old, whose deal was announced Wednesday, had spent his entire 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians, where he was a three-time All-Star.
Fantasy Baseball Owners Must Anticipate Trade Deadline DealsNow is the sneaky time for fantasy baseball owners to anticipate action at the Major League Baseball trade deadline coming up on July 31. If a team moves a star player, someone has to take that player's place in the lineup. There are statistics to be had there in such a vacancy, so if you can get the jump on a replacement now, your fantasy baseball team will be the better off for it. Likewise, if one of your star player's value takes a hit with a trade, you have to be ready to replace lost stats. Always keep an eye on the MLB trade deadline!
American League Mid-Season Team MVPsSometimes a team's best players don't make the All-Star team. Here are the American League's mid-season team MVPs.
Chisenhall Helps Tribe Thump Rangers 17-7Lonnie Chisenhall had a historic night with nine RBIs and three home runs in a five-hit game, as the Indians pounded the Rangers by a score of 17-7 Monday night.
Zach McAllister Gives Indians Innings Eater In RotationZach McAllister should break 200 if he stays healthy this year, which will be a boon to the back end of the Tribe’s rotation.
Andrus Sparks Rangers In Rally Past IndiansElvis Andrus delivered a two-run single for the tying and go-ahead runs, and the Rangers rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Indians on Sunday.
Rangers Complete Sweep Of Indians, 2-0 Everybody is pitching in for the surging Texas Rangers. C.J. Wilson and two relievers combined for the Rangers' sixth shutout in their last 20 games, and Texas beat the Indians 2-0 on Sunday for its first four-game sweep in Cleveland in nearly 33 years.