Jayson Werth to miss his second straight game

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Jayson Werth hurt his ankle Monday night and missed yesterday’s game because of it.  He was set to play in this afternoon’s game, but was a late scratch because the ankle is still bugging him.

The more interesting part of this to me is how he hurt his ankle: tripping over the bullpen mounds down the right field line in AT&T Park while chasing a foul ball.  There aren’t a ton of bullpens that are wide open to the field of play like that anymore.  There used to be a ton, but ever since they started in with the new stadium construction boom in the early 90s, the vast majority of pens have been put behind the outfield fence.  San Francisco didn’t do that, though, mostly because the San Francisco Bay is right beyond the outfield fence.

As I sit here right now I know that, apart from San Francisco, the pens are on the field at Wrigley and — I think — in Oakland.  I’m blanking on any others, though I’m sure there are a few.

I always wondered if a lot of guys hurt themselves on those things.

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.