News and Notes:
- Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood announced his retirement following yesterday's loss to the cross town White Sox. It was the stereotypical case of what might have been for Wood after having his promising career derailed by injuries. His ultimately underwhelming career, when compared to the promise he showed early on, makes Wood the consummate Cub. His career is a fitting microcosm for the organization as a whole.
- Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth in yesterday's Tiger's victory over the Pirates in Detroit. With one out in the top of the ninth Josh Harrison, in an 0-2 count, hit a single back up the middle to deny Verlander his third career no-hitter. Verlander was electric all night making the struggling Pirates offense look even worse than usual. He was hitting the upper 90s on the gun during the eighth inning in which he struck out the side.
It's afternoon baseball in Milwaukee today as the Brewers and Twins continue their interleague series at 3:10 p.m. CDT. Yovani Gallardo (2-4) will start for the Crew. Carl Pavano (2-3) (and his awesome 'stache) will start for the Twins.
The Astros and Rangers play game two of their series in Houston tonight at 6:15 p.m. CDT. Lucas Harrell (2-3) will start for the Astros. Derek Holland (3-2) will make the start for the Rangers.
The Cardinals and Dodgers continue their series in Los Angeles today at 9:10 p.m. CDT. Jake Westbrook (4-2) better bring his best stuff as Clayton Kershaw (3-1) is the scheduled starter for the Dodgers.
The Cubs and White Sox meet again on the north side today at 6:15 p.m. CDT. The Cubs will send Ryan Dempster (0-1) to the mound to face John Danks (2-4) and the rest of the Sox lineup.
The Pirates will try to muster up more than one hit today against Tigers starter Drew Smyly (1-0). A.J. Burnett (1-2) will start for Pittsburgh. Today's game at Comerica Park is scheduled to begin at 3:05 p.m. CDT.
In New York the Reds will try to score their first run of the series against the Yankees. Ivan Nova (4-1), the starter for New York, will try to keep the scoreless streak going. Homer Bailey (1-3) will start for Cincinnati looking to get his season on the right track. The game in Yankee Stadium will get under way this afternoon at 12:05 p.m. CDT.