Historic meeting for Verlander, Ellsbury
The first pitch of the American League's regular season will happen in a couple of days, thrown by Brandon McCarthy, and when the rest of the AL teams begin their respective schedules on April 5, we likely will see something we've never seen before.
Justin Verlander, the reigning AL MVP, will take the ball for the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day, and the first Boston Red Sox hitter he will face will probably be Jacoby Ellsbury -- who finished second in the MVP voting last offseason. It could be a neat little piece of trivia, and incredibly, something very close to this unique matchup has happened on two other occasions, many years ago.
Here's the first-start history of starting pitchers who won the MVP the previous fall:
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