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.

This Day in Sports History: August 11

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day
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This Day in Sports History: August 11

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.


With that in mind, August 11 is a day in which baseball's 500 home run club was born and played its final games of a great season.


MLB 2016 Award Predictions

With the Fall Classic coming to an end, it's time for MLB to pass out some hardware to the game's best
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MLB 2016 Award Predictions

The World Series may be over and the Chicago Cubs have finally exorcised their century-long demons, but the Major League Baseball calendar is never-ending. This week the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) will make their announcements for the American and National League awards – Rookie (Nov. 14) and Manager (Nov.

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.