Justin Verlander’s worst start with the Houston Astros might have been OK if not for Wilson Ramos.

Ramos drove in four runs in the first two innings against Verlander and the Tampa Bay Rays went on to a 5-2 win over the Astros on Saturday.

I gave up three hard-hit balls, all to the same guy. The rest of `em, nobody hit the ball hard, Verlander said.

Ramos got the Rays on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the first, and made it 5-0 with a two-run single in the second. Those two at bats summarized Verlander’s day.

The first at bat, I put him in a 3-1 situation where, bases loaded, he knows a heater’s coming, and he hit it off the wall. So that’s my fault, Verlander said. His next bat I got a ground ball up the middle on a slider, which is kind of what you’re looking for. But it found a hole.

Enes Kanter hasn’t yet made a decision on his $18.6 million player option. Opposing teams expect him to opt in. But if Kanter opts out, multiple teams – including Milwaukee – have expressed interest internally in discussing a potential contract with the 26-year-old center.

A report surfaced Sunday that said Kanter had decided to decline his option. But, that is not the case, according to SNY.

Just spoke to Enes Kanter regarding report that he is expected to opt out. He says it’s not true and he has made no decisions yet.

The 26-year-old center was sent from the Thunder to New York in September as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade. He averaged 14.1 points and 11 rebounds per game last season.

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