Carlos Zambrano takes one step closer to Philly

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Carlos Zambrano pitched an extended spring training game today and wasn’t half bad:

 

When he was signed and I laughed about it people said he was just insurance, etc. A lot like the Delmon Young thing. But it seems like he’s on a course to actually contribute to the Phillies. And, with the Nats sorta sucking air at the moment, those contributions will come in what, for a while anyway, might be a race for second place.

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.