Jim Bowden thinks the Yankees are still in on Matt Holliday

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Jim Bowden left his last baseball job under a cloud of incompetence and corruption, and the last time we heard from him he was wearing bright-seamed designer jeans and taking the Nationals to task for signings he himself made.  But hey, a rumor is a rumor, right! Take it away Jim:

Despite
denials…Yanks are in on Holliday….Bradley for Silva likely, Bay and
Mets will do 5 yr deal, Molina will settle for 2 yrs w Mets

Sorry for being dubious about any of this, but at least Ken Rosenthal and those other guys whose anonymous rumors I pass along have a track record for being right about something once or twice in the last decade or so.

I’ll give him the Bradley-Silva thing, though. I have a hunch he’s right about that . . .

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.