Updates & News
Justin Verlander next start has been pushed up to Thursday vs. the Indians.
Brad Ausmus like the match-up for Verlander against the Indians and Rick Porcello against the Angels so he'll push up Verlander and leave Max Scherzer starting on his normal rest. Verlander has a 2.96 ERA with an 82:20 K:BB over his last 11 starts (76 IP) against the Tribe. Granted Josh Hamilton is hurt, but if anyone should hate this switch, it's Rick Porcello owners as the right-hander has a 9.12 ERA in his last five starts against the Halos.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Antonio Smith may sit out practice this week.
Smith is the subject of a child abuse investigation in Texas. The case has been dragging on for some time now, with the DA sifting through the report from the Fort Bend County Sheriff since February. Even if the case is ultimately dropped by the prosecutor, Smith could still face discipline from the league as part of its effort to improve its public image, as part of the personal conduct policy under the CBA between the players union and the league. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson
Avisail Garcia left Monday's game with a knee injury.
Garcia left after less than two innings of action on Monday. He was coming off a knee issue that held him out two games before playing again on Sunday, where he went 1-for-2 with a strikeout. A problem significant to force him from the game, occurring with the same body part that sidelined him last week is of concern, so stay tuned for an update on his situation. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson