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
Clippers have agreed to a deal with Paul Pierce.
Pierce is joining up with Doc Rivers in L.A. where he will likely find himself in a similar role that he had with the Wizards last season. With Washington Pierce averaged 11.9 points, 2.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 three-pointers over 26.2 minutes per game but came up big time during the playoffs, averaging 14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 three-pointers per game. The "Truth" will bring plenty of playoff experience and clutch shot making ability to a team which has failed to meet expectations in the postseason. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
Robinson Cano went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres.
Getting clocked in the head on Sunday must have knocked something back into place for the perennial All-Star second baseman, as on Wednesday afternoon he went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a triple shy of the cycle. The home run was his fifth of the season, and the best sign of all was that it was hit the opposite way with some serious authority. Cano’s issue for most of this season is that he appeared pull happy, where he would often roll his hands over and couldn’t protect the outside part of the plate. If he can continue going the other way and peppering the ball all over the yard like he did on Wednesday afternoon, expect yet another historic second half for the second baseman. Analysis: Dom Murtha