Three games have been completed this afternoon. All three have been shutouts. The Yankees-Cubs game is the second one which featured a dominating starting pitching performance. Masahiro Tanaka allowed only two hits in eight innings while striking out 10 Chicago Cubs batters and walking only one while throwing 107 pitches.
Tanaka now has 28 strikeouts in his first three starts. That’s Strasburgian territory for major league debut dominance.
The Yankees won 3-0 thanks in part to a Carlos Beltran homer. I still have no idea how they’ll do this year, but two of the big questions the Yankees had entering the season was (1) how much of Tanaka’s Japanese success will carry over to the United States; and (2) how Michael Pineda will do following two years off due to injury. So far, both of those questions are being answered in pleasant fashion from the perspective of the Yankees.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.