Tigers ace Justin Verlander continues to strengthen his case for MVP, but some people around baseball think pitchers don't deserve consideration—including some pitchers. "The pitcher's MVP is the Cy Young," Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels told me. "I don't know how much we can affect a team by winning all 33 or 34 starts, because you still have to win 90-something games to make the postseason."... Several NFL players have told me Philip Rivers is one of their most vocal opponents. I asked the Chargers' QB to give me a clean version of his trash talk. "Every version is clean," Rivers said. "I can share all of them with Mom. For example, a DB from Alabama, maybe I give him a 'Roll Tide' as I jog by."... The Dodgers sent season-ticket holders a questionnaire asking them to rate their announcers, including Vin Scully. Bob Costas scoffed at the notion of evaluating the 83-year-old Scully. "I think the last refuge of a Dodger fan is to just listen to Vin Scully," Costas said. "The overwhelming consensus is that Scully is the greatest baseball announcer ever."