Curtis Granderson out a “day or two” with sore hamstring

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An MRI taken Saturday on Curtis Granderson’s sore right hamstring ruled out any sort of structural damage, but he does have mild tendinitis and isn’t quite ready to return to the Yankees’ starting lineup.

According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, manager Joe Girardi said this morning that his center fielder will be sidelined for another “day or two” to ensure that a minor hamstring issue is not made major. Chris Dickerson is starting in center as the Yanks wrap up a three-game set with the Orioles.

Granderson, 31, is batting .235/.326/.484 with 34 home runs, 15 doubles and 79 RBI through 131 games played this season. The Bombers are currently 76-56, ranking first place in the American League East.

Report: Astros extend Justin Verlander for two years, $66 million

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The Astros are in agreement with right-hander Justin Verlander on a two-year, $66 million extension, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was among those to report on Friday. With no money deferred, the $33 million he’ll receive over the next two years will set a record AAV for major-league pitchers; something MLB Network’s Jon Heyman says matters to Verlander, who “cares how his deals affect markets (and fellow players).”

While it’s far from the five-year, $100 million extension teammate Alex Bregman signed with the club on Friday, the deal will give the Astros a bigger window to consider their long-term plans for the ace before he hits free agency again. Prior to Saturday’s agreement, Verlander’s original contract — the hefty seven-year, $180 million arrangement he reached with the Tigers in 2013 — was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

It’s difficult to overestimate the value Verlander has provided to the Astros since they acquired him from the Tigers back in 2017. He was named the 2017 ALCS MVP following seven shutout innings in a must-win Game 6 performance and helped the Astros clinch their first franchise World Series title. In 2018, he earned his seventh career All-Star distinction and received consideration for both AL Cy Young and MVP awards after pitching to a 16-9 record in 34 starts with a 2.52 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, 12.2 SO/9 (the product of a career-high 290 strikeouts), and 6.7 fWAR over 214 innings.

The deal has not been confirmed by the team.