Justin Verlander ties career-high with 14 strikeouts vs. Yankees

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Astros starter Justin Verlander was on point Tuesday night at home against the Yankees, matching a career-high with 14 strikeouts over eight shutout innings. He yielded just three hits and no walks on 105 pitches.

Verlander last struck out 14 batters on August 6, 2012 against the Yankees. The only other time he did it was on June 25, 2011 against the Diamondbacks. Verlander struck out 13 Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS last year as well.

The Astros weren’t able to muster any offense, so Ken Giles took over in the top of the ninth with a scoreless tie. No W for Verlander. Giles promptly gave up a three-run home run to Gary Sanchez.

With his effort against the Yankees on Tuesday, Verlander lowered his ERA on the season to 1.13 and he has a 62/8 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.