*Justin Verlander is progressing, he told reporters this afternoon, but he's not 100%. Verlander:
In general, everything's been moving in the right direction and it's started, these last couple of weeks, to feel very strong, particularly in throwing. That was probably the toughest thing on the groin, which I think points to why I needed this surgery in the first place, because throwing was putting a big strain on it. But I would say particularly this week, I've made a big stride forward and am very optimistic about how it's feeling and looking.
*Check the new Astros Radio podcast, with Ryan Pressly.
*Get the new Houston Together shirt, all proceeds benefit the Astros Foundation.
*From Boob Nightengale: Should there be a season in 2020, MLB would like to use home ballparks instead of the Arizona/Florida plan.
*Ken Rosenthal: Trouble may be brewing between MLB and their terrible umpires.
*FanGraphs: Get to know the KBO, Pt. 1
*More FanGraphs: Build your own Team Hall of Fame.
*SI: The Lost-and-Found Story of Michael Neustifter.
*The Athletic: What if Jeremy Giambi had slid in 2001?
*Tim Kurkjian: How Bob Feller made Ted Williams start preparing three days earlier.
*The Baseball Hall of Fame postponed the inductions of Larry Walker, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons, and some other guy until July 2021.
*Effa Manley - the only woman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame - and her hidden life.
*Outside: The man who runs 365 marathons a year.
Each day is better than the next.