Justin Verlander

2013 MLB Pennant Races: A to Z

An alphabetical look at the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.
From A to Z, here are the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.

Pedro Alvarez

Maybe the third baseman was rushed through the Pirates’ system, or maybe he’s been a little slow to develop, but the Pirates have been rewarded for their patience with the young slugger. The second overall pick in 2008 is tied for the NL lead in homers and is fourth in RBIs. If the Bucs can hang on and win the NL Central, Alvarez will be a key component.

The Top 10 MLB First-Round Draft Picks Since 2000

With the MLB Draft starting tonight, Athlon takes a look at the best players taken in the first round since 2000.
The Top 10 MLB First-Round Draft Picks Since 2000

Though the MLB Draft is hardly talked about, it provides a strong glimpse into the future. With the first round of the MLB Draft coming up tonight, here is a look at 10 of the best players drafted in the first round since 2000 (listed in chronological order of year they were drafted):

 

Detroit Tigers 2014 Preview

Tigers didn't stand pat, but should still stand tall in AL Central
The Tigers underwent a lot of change for a team with such a winning pedigree — not all of it with a win-now mantra in mind. But the goal was to remain a World Series contender while keeping one eye pointed towards the future.

Over the winter, the Tigers underwent the type of overhaul befitting a disappointing loser, not a 93-win division champ that came within two wins of a second straight World Series berth. They switched managers, traded their cleanup hitter, jettisoned their starting shortstop and swapped a front-line starting pitcher for a trio of younger players.

ALCS Game 3 Preview: Boston Visits Detroit

Red Sox-Tigers series knotted at 1-1
With a thrilling comeback win at Fenway Park, the Red Sox tied the ALCS at 1-1 and now travel to Detroit for Game 3.

American League Championship Series – Game 3
Boston at Detroit
3:07 ET Fox
John Lackey (10-13, 3.52) vs. Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46)

2013 MLB Power Rankings: May 7

A look at the best and worst baseball teams in the league.
<p> A look at the best and worst baseball teams in the league.</p>

Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best (Texas Rangers) and worst (Houston Astros) baseball teams and players in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings and Players of the Week.

Kate Upton and 10 Other Bad Luck Sports WAGs

The top 10 beautiful women who have ruined athletes’ seasons, careers and/or lives.
<p> The top 10 beautiful women who have ruined athletes’ seasons, careers and/or lives — including Kate Upton, Jessica Simpson, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Tawny Kitaen, Anna Benson, Maddona, Cameron Diaz and Evelyn Lozada.</p>

2012 World Series Preview and Prediction: San Francisco Giants vs. Detroit Tigers

Pitching will rule the day
<p> Expect low-scoring, close games from Giants and Tigers</p>

The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers—both of these franchises have been in business for more than 100 years, but the two tradition-laden clubs have never met in the World Series. Detroit has won 11 American League pennants, winning the World Series four times. The Tigers last won the Series in 1984 and lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. Since 1900, the Giants have 19 pennants, appearing the World Series 18 times, winning six, the most recent coming just two years ago when they defeated the Texas Rangers in 2010.

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