Wanting to give Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander an extra day off before his next start, the Tigers have decided to call up top prospect Jacob Turner to make his second big-league start Thursday against the Royals.
Turner made his major league debut July 30, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Angels. He was pitching in Double-A prior to the spot start, but he’s since been moved up to Triple-A and he’s 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA and a 20/3 K/BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings for Toledo.
With both Rick Porcello and Brad Penny sporting ERAs just over 5.00, the Tigers have to be wondering who is going to be their fourth starter in the postseason. The 20-year-old Turner is already at 136 1/3 innings this year and the Tigers probably aren’t going to want to extend him past 150 or so, but even with his extreme lack of experience, he might be a better option against teams like the Red Sox and Yankees than the Tigers’ alternatives. Unfortunately, he could well be shut down before the end of September anyway.
FOX Sports and Major League Baseball announced a few minutes ago that they have agreed to a multi-year broadcast rights extension. The deal keeps Fox as the lead MLB rights holder, and home of the World Series, All-Star Game and a good chunk of the playoffs through at least 2028.
While the press release does not announce the financial terms, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that it will pay Major League Baseball about 30-40% more than the previous contract. While ratings are not what they used to be, it would seem that the eyeballs Fox is getting are more valuable to it.
UPDATE: That bump is actually even bigger:
For the time being, things will look very much like they do now. Starting in 2022, there will be more games broadcast. There are no specifics about how many more. The release says “FOX Sports will also expand its digital rights,” but again, no specifics on what that means, exactly.
FOX Sports has been a baseball rights-holder since 1996 and has been the exclusive national non-cable rights holder since 2001. That’s gonna continue for at least another decade.