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MLB News | March 31, 2010

 

MLB: Top 10 for 2010

By Tom Verducci
March 31, 2010


Washington, DC — You have to start somewhere. The Gregorian new year begins in Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean that is the inhabited landmass most near, on the west side, to the international date line. For those of us who measure time by the Doubledayan calendar, the new year begins in Washington on Monday at 1:05 p.m. with a pitch from Nationals left-hander John Lannan, shortly after the ceremonial one from another southpaw, President Barack Obama.

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Twins’ Span hits his mom with foul ball

Associated Press
March 31, 2010


TAMPA, FL — Denard Span’s mother settled into her box seat, surrounded by 20 family members and friends, to watch her son lead off for the Minnesota Twins.

Uh oh. Look out!

In a shocking split-second, Span hit a hard foul ball that struck his mom in the upper chest Wednesday. She was treated by paramedics and back in the stands minutes later.

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MLB News | March 29, 2010

 

Stealthy scouting helps Braves land Heyward

By Jeff Passan
March 29, 2010


Lake Buena Vista, FL – Al Goetz needed to make the rest of the baseball world think the Atlanta Braves wanted nothing to do with Jason Heyward. So he did what any reasonable scout would. Goetz turned into a stalker.

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Hinske homers in 9th, Braves beat Phillies 5-4

Associated Press
March 29, 2010


Clearwater, FL — Braves backup Eric Hinske hit a solo home run in the ninth inning off Ryan Madson and Atlanta beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Monday.

Madson will start the season as the Phillies’ closer while Brad Lidge continues to rehab from offseason knee and elbow surgeries. Hinske connected on a 3-0 pitch.

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MLB News | March 26, 2010

 

Braves' Heyward grabbing spotlight in Cox's farewell season

By Jon Heyman
March 26, 2010


Lake Buena Vista, FL — For weeks, the Braves weren't saying whether Jason Heyward, their rookie phenom, would make the team and be their Opening Day right fielder, but they couldn't fool anyone with this bit of late-spring silence. They need another banger in a lineup where the main anchors are their sweet-swinging catcher Brian McCann, their talented shortstop Yunel Escobar and Chipper Jones, an icon heading fast to the finish line.

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Jim Edmonds is born again with the Milwaukee Brewers

By Tim Brown
March 26, 2010


Maryvale, AZ — Jim Edmonds’ comeback began as a St. Louis Cardinals thing, became a baseball thing and finally a Milwaukee Brewers thing.

Whatever the route (and he believes owners’ collusion can’t be entirely dismissed), it’s put Edmonds here, at almost age 40, a year’s sabbatical behind him, his 17th major league season coming, this one as an extra outfielder.

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MLB News | March 23, 2010

 

A-Rod’s new hue is a lot like a glow

By Tim Brown
March 23, 2010


Tampa, FL — Alex Rodriguez(notes) said he had kept nothing special from that cool early November night when he became a champion, lifting a career’s – a life’s – burden.

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Mixture of young and old in Detroit

By Jerry Crasnick
March 23, 2010


Lakeland, FL — Johnny Damon was oblivious to spring training workout schedules during his tenure with the Yankees, so coach Rob Thomson gave him a handy rule of thumb to ensure that he never missed a drill or a batting-practice session.

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MLB News | March 21, 2010

 

Mauer has full no-trade clause in Twins deal

By Buster Olney
March 21, 2010


All-Star catcher Joe Mauer and Minnesota completed an eight-year, $184 million deal, a contract which will inevitably be hailed within baseball as an example that teams like the Twins do have a chance to keep their homegrown talent.

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Life after Halliday is filled with uncertainty

By Tim Brown
March 21, 2010


Dunedin, FL — Life on the other side of the Doc was administered by text message, Shaun Marcum’s cell phone to Roy Halladay’s, wishing him well in Philadelphia and thanking him for setting the example, for showing him the way.

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MLB News | March 18, 2010

 

Some teams seek clarity in leadoff spot

By Jerry Crasnick
March 18, 2010


As Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker assessed his team's leadoff situation recently, he looked as though he wouldn't mind seeing former Atlanta Braves teammate Ralph "Roadrunner'' Garr magically appear in the desert.

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Matsui starts over with Angels

By Jon Paul Morosi
March 18, 2010


Tempe, AZ — Hideki Matsui has been known as “Godzilla” for years, both in Japan and the U.S. But now that he has left the Yankees for the Angels, I wondered if the reigning World Series MVP was in the mood for wholesale change.

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MLB News | March 13, 2010

 

Stairs is a swing away from record book

By Jeff Passan
March 13, 2010


Peoria, AZ — Matt Stairs is fairly certain this will be his last season playing professional baseball. Check that. He’s only sort of sure. And truth be told, he can totally see himself playing next year and furthering the record he’s about to set.

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Span and Twins agree to $16.5M, 5-year contract

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March 13, 2010


Clearwater , FL — Center fielder Denard Span(notes) and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $16.5 million, five-year contract, a deal that includes a $9 million team option for 2015.

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MLB News - Sports News | March 10, 2010

 

Retiring Garciaparra knows what might’ve been

By Steve Henson
March 10, 2010


The Nomar Garciaparra I knew was post-Red Sox, post-Cubs, battle-scarred and creaky, yet still exuberant about putting on a major league uniform every day. It was 2006, he’d signed with his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers, and it was soon apparent Garciaparra deeply appreciated the opportunity to play in front of his parents and lifelong friends.

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A-Rod: Lawyers are setting up interview with feds

By Howie Rumberg
March 10, 2010


Tampa, FL — Alex Rodriguez may soon be talking to federal authorities, and he hopes it will happen close to spring training.

Lawyers for the Yankee slugger are setting up an interview as part of an investigation into a Canadian doctor who is the focus of a cross-border drug smuggling case involving human growth hormone.

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MLB News - Sports News | March 8, 2010

 

Aroldis Chapman hits 100 mph, strikes out three in Reds debut

By David Brown
March 8, 2010


Goodyear, AZ — Chris Getz confirmed what the radar gun said about Aroldis Chapman.

"Yeah, he's bringing it," Getz said after Chapman's Cactus League debut.

Cincinnati's Cuban curiosity threw at least one pitch that reached 100 mph...

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Lou Marson scoring points as Cleveland catcher

By David Brown
March 8, 2010


What's the word, Cuyahoga Stewies?

The Indians got rained out Sunday (as did most of Cactus practice), but that just meant we had more opportunities to bother the players inside the clubhouse. Tucked between the locker for Jake Westbrook and a corner of the room was Marson, who has been billed as the Indians catcher of the future after coming from the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade.

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MLB News - Sports News | March 2, 2010

 

A simple request for good health

By Gene Wojciechowski
March 2, 2010


MESA, AZ — Alfonso Soriano would give anything, including some of his $136 million contract, if you could guarantee him what he hasn't had as a Chicago Cub... his health.

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Beltran Interviewed in Galea Inquiry

By Michael S. Schmidt
March 2, 2010


The federal investigation of a Canadian-based doctor named Anthony Galea continued to take on a distinct New York tone on Tuesday as the third Met or Yankee in three days acknowledged that he had been contacted or interviewed by the authorities in connection with Galea’s activities.

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MLB News - Sports News | February 21, 2010

 

Don’t panic over Sheets’ slow spring

By Tim Brown
February 21, 2010


PHOENIX, Az — What Ben Sheets would like to say first is not to worry about the next six weeks.

His elbow, which had a tendon repaired in surgery a year ago, is fine. He backed up low-90s fastballs with more low-90s fastballs when lots of scouts were watching in a mid-January workout, so the elbow really is OK, as far as he knows.

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For Job as Mets’ Starting Catcher, Caracas Will Have Been Worth It

By DAVID WALDSTEIN
February 21, 2010


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Josh Thole bought his fiancée a box of Frosted Flakes, a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread, kissed her and walked out of the Best Western hotel in Caracas, Venezuela, for a three-day trip.<

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MLB News - Sports News | February 5, 2010

 

The Mariners made all the right moves

By Steve Henson
February 5, 2010


Editor’s note: Yahoo! Sports will examine the offseason of every MLB team before spring training begins in mid-February. Our series is in reverse order of team quality and continues at No. 8 with the Seattle Mariners.

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Pinstriped Emissaries Seek Fans in China

By XIYUN YANG
February 4, 2010


BEIJING — Guo Shuofeng, a 10-year-old fourth grader, is serious about baseball. Since joining his school team two years ago, he spends more than 20 hours a week during the season at practice, sacrificing his weekends and winter vacation.

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MLB News - Sports News | January 22, 2010

 

Mets obtain OF Gary Matthews Jr. from Angels

By RONALD BLUM
January 22, 2010


NEW YORK, NY — Unable to find regular playing time for Gary Matthews Jr., the Los Angeles Angels traded the outfielder to the New York Mets on Friday and agreed to pay $21.5 million as part of the deal.

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Ankiel agrees to $3.25M deal with KC

By JOHN MARSHALL
January 22, 2010


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rick Ankiel will try to boost his resurrected career in Kansas City’s crowded outfield.

The former pitcher agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year contract with the Royals on Friday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

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MLB News - Sports News | January 7, 2010

 

Cemetery visit bolsters Hawk before Hall call

By Ross McKeonTim Brown
January 7, 2010


On a day that every year devolves into tantrums and hostilities, Andre Dawson didn’t wait for the vote – a simple yay or nay on a 21-year baseball career – to honor the people who put him there.

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Cardinals’ short-lived Holliday celebration

By Ross McKeen
January 7, 2010

Nobody wants to ask the question. Today is a day of celebration for the St. Louis Cardinals, and everything else can wait. Matt Holliday agreed to return to St. Louis, where for the next seven years he’ll play left field and earn $120 million. The Cardinals got their bopper. Holliday got paid. All is well with the world.

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MLB News - Sports News | December 29, 2009

 

Talks complicated by Lowell deal snafu

By Gordon Edes
December 29, 2009


The Boston Red Sox remain quietly engaged in discussions for free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, according to an industry source.

The Beltre talks, expected to resume after the new year, have been complicated by the voiding of the Mike Lowell trade to Texas.

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Bay agrees with Mets

By Jerry Crasnick
December 29, 2009


Free-agent outfielder Jason Bay has reached agreement on a four-year, guaranteed $66 million contract with the New York Mets, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com Tuesday.

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Cards optimistic about talks

ESPN.com news
December 29, 2009


There is increased optimism within the St. Louis Cardinals organization that the team is going to reach a deal with free-agent outfielder Matt Holliday, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Tuesday.

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DeRosa signs $12M deal with Giants

The Associated Press
December 29, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — For several years, Mark DeRosa daydreamed of eventually playing in San Francisco. He enjoys the city's vibe and atmosphere, from walking to the ballpark to trying out top restaurants.

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MLB News - Sports News | December 5, 2009

 

American League West hot-stove primer

By Steve Henson
December 5, 2009


Baseball’s winter meetings begin Monday in Indianapolis.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS

Holes to fill: The Angels must replace three major pieces: A cleanup hitter, a top-of-the-rotation starter and a table-setter. Simply re-signing the players who left as free agents isn’t viable because Vladimir Guerrero’s days as a premier slugger are over, Chone Figgins appears headed to the Mariners and John Lackey could price himself out of a return.

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Cuban Arguelles agrees to deal with Royals

By Jeff Passan
25 minutes ago


The small-market Kansas City Royals are betting big on a free agent they’ve seen pitch only a handful of times.

Noel Arguelles, a 19-year-old left-hander who last year defected from Cuba, agreed to a five-year, $7 million major league deal with the Royals on Saturday, according to a club source. Arguelles can earn up to $2 million in incentives as well. An official from another team interested in Arguelles said he had been informed a deal was close.

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American League East hot-stove primer

By Tim Brown
December 5, 2009

Baseball’s winter meetings begin Monday in Indianapolis. Yahoo! Sports will go division by division, providing a primer on each team’s needs and ability to satisfy them. (Teams listed in order of 2009 divisional finish.)

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Major League Baseball "Nostradamus" Makes the Call

December 5, 2009


There is a growing baseball undercurrent surrounding a man who may be forcing the next great changes to developing winning MLB organizations. Some supporters call it a “Nostradamus-like” intangible prophetic intuition and detractors call it just luck but after two recent books that correctly called out the winning formula for winning teams and also-rans in 2008 (The Official Book on the Business of Baseball General Management) and 2009 (Street Smart Sports Management), eyebrows are raised in the world of baseball.

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MLB News - Sports News | November 3, 2009

 

Mr. November (Utley) more chill than Mr. October

By Jeff Passan
November 3, 2009


PHILADELPHIA — The two men can’t be any more different. In 1977, Reggie Jackson waltzed around New York wearing coats made of otter and nutria skin. Today, Chase Utley publicly decries animal abuse. Jackson alienated teammates by opening his mouth. It takes a vise to pry Utley’s jaw apart and exude a word. On the evening he became a World Series hero, Jackson told the world: “Love me or hate me, but you can’t ignore me.”

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Phillies contend Myers and Hamels were joking

By Tim Brown
November 3, 2009


NEW YORK — A brief and seemingly testy exchange between Philadelphia Phillies pitchers Cole Hamels and Brett Myers after Game 5 of the World Series was jocular in nature and not representative of a clubhouse feud, a team official contended Tuesday afternoon.

Contrary to a witness account late Monday, Phillies public relations director Greg Casterioto said Myers was joking when he said to Hamels, “What are you doing here? I thought you quit.”

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Yankees Fans: Clinching In The Bronx A Given
Game 5 Loss Aside, Bronx Ready To Erupt All Over The Phillies When Game 6 Rolls Around On Wednesday

By Pablo Guzman
November 3, 2009


Most Yankees fans were hoping when the Bombers came back to the Bronx they'd be carrying the World Series trophy.

But for some fans, it's not all that bad.

Well, they lost Monday night, but for some fans, there's a silver lining: it means they have a chance to see them clinch at home – in the Bronx.

"Yeah, I'm kind of happy that we'll get to see them celebrate at home. Because I'm very confident that they will win, here," said fan Gio De La Rose of the South Bronx.

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Phillies Earn Their Way Back To The Bronx
Lee Not As Good As Game 1, But Good Enough As Utley & Co. Bludgeon Burnett, Yankees' Bullpen In 8-6 Game 5 Win

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November 3, 2009


PHILADELPHIA — Put those parade plans on hold, New York. The Phillies are coming back.

Desperate to hang onto their World Series title and hounded by the Yankees to the very last swing, Philadelphia somehow held on for an 8-6 win Monday night in Game 5.

Chase Utley hit two home runs to raise his Series total to a record-tying five, Cliff Lee won again and Philadelphia cut its deficit to 3-2.

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MLB News - Sports News | October 27, 2009

 

Ryan Howard refused to eat away his career

By Jeff Passan
October 27, 2009


Ryan Howard showed up for a commercial shoot earlier this year and his clothes didn’t fit. The producers knew he was a certain size, bought his wardrobe accordingly and didn’t understand what happened. The tags were right. Just Howard knew how to explain why everything looked so baggy, how a leviathan had become trim, fit and healthy – and not forgotten how to hit a home run better than anyone in the world.

“It’s survival,” Howard said last week, one day after his Philadelphia Phillies clinched their second straight National League pennant and began preparation for their World Series showdown against New York starting Wednesday night.

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A-Rod proves he belongs in pinstripes

By Gordon Edes
October 27, 2009


NEW YORK — This, more than anything else, is what the man in the mirror most desperately wanted to see, a reflection other than just his own.

Alex Rodriguez is no longer the loneliest man in pinstripes. It all changed Sunday night, in that moment when Mariano Rivera struck out Gary Matthews Jr.(notes), and A-Rod thrust his arms overhead and ran toward the middle of the field on a parallel course with Derek Jeter.

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Head-to-head: Phillies vs. Yankees

By Tim Brown
October 27, 2009


NEW YORK — Spend some time working through the Phillies and Yankees, what they might look like together on a diamond over a week or more, and maybe the difference is Mariano Rivera(notes) in the eighth and ninth innings, or Ryan Howard in a pair of ballparks that seem built with him in mind, or Chooch Ruiz at a big moment, or Alex Rodriguez operating at full-blown, April-to-September capacity.

Ask anybody in these parts what separates the New York Yankees from the Philadelphia Phillies and you probably get: 24 championships, 33 pennants, “and Jersey.”

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Martinez to start World Series Game 2 for Phillies

Associated Press
October 27, 2009


NEW YORK — Pedro Martinez is scheduled to start for the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.

The 38-year-old Martinez has a long history of memorable moments against the New York Yankees from his days with the Boston Red Sox. The right-hander, signed by the Phillies in mid-July after he sat out the first half of the season, also spent 2005-08 in New York pitching for the Mets.

Cliff Lee will start Game 1 on Wednesday night for Philadelphia. Cole Hamels, last year's World Series MVP, gets the ball in Game 3 at home.

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MLB News - Sports News | October 12, 2009

 

Papelbon’s meltdown was felt mile-high

By Steve Henson
October 12, 2009


DENVER — The other league was going at it, so players from the Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies weren’t so much captivated by the game on the clubhouse televisions as glancing at it. But as the ninth inning unfolded, the distinct whiff of impending disaster emanated off of Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon(notes), and nobody could look away.

“It’s a cruel game,” Rockies veteran first baseman Todd Helton(notes) said as he walked to the batting cage a short time later.

Papelbon hadn’t allowed a run in 26 previous postseason innings, spread over 17 appearances. The team he faced, the Los Angeles Angels, had a batting average of .129 against him. Yet he blew the save, right there at Fenway Park, and the Angels completed a sweep.

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Guerrero answers Red Sox slap with his own

By Gordon Edes
October 11, 2009


BOSTON — He has six kids, four bearing variations of his own name: Vladimir Jr., Vlaimis, Vleidi and Vlady.

But for child-like joy, the V-6 could not possibly compete with their father, Vladimir Guerrero, whose creaky knees, shuffling gait and fading reputation all were rendered invisible by the halo effect produced by the hit that some people thought he was no longer capable of delivering.

The skeptics included the Boston Red Sox. Having already put the Los Angeles Angels within one strike of losing three times in the ninth inning, but unable to put them away, the Red Sox elected to walk Torii Hunter intentionally with two outs in the ninth inning to load the bases and face Guerrero.

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Stout pitching snaps Yanks' ALDS hex — Late homers count for something, but starters paved the road

By Bryan Hoch
October 12, 2009


MINNEAPOLIS — The architect of the first Yankees team in five years to advance past the first round of the playoffs stood in an isolated corner of the Metrodome's visitors' clubhouse, his polo shirt largely untouched by the champagne raining from the ceiling.

This was one of the moments general manager Brian Cashman had in mind when he was booking his super-secret flight missions across the country, dashing off to the Bay Area to woo CC Sabathia and diverting his travels to Texas to court Andy Pettitte.
You can outslug opponents for all of the regular-season wins you want and hope for Alex Rodriguez to shake his postseason demons, but above all else, pitching wins in the postseason. The Yankees proved this again in their three-game American League Division Series sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

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Angels enjoying a season of comebacks — Club confident it can bounce back from any adversity

By Joe Frisaro
October 12, 2009


BOSTON — A sign of a championship-caliber team is to play at your best when everything seems bleak.

All season, the Angels have demonstrated that characteristic.

It's really not a mystery as to why they've advanced to the American League Championship Series against the Yankees. They're moving on because they've shown the ability to bounce back under trying circumstances.

Resiliency was a trademark during the regular season, and it carried over into the playoffs. They set a franchise record with 47 comeback victories during the year, and they've tacked on two more in the AL Division Series.

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MLB News - Sports News | September 26, 2009

 

Yankees crush Boston, 9-5, and move closer to clinching division title

BY Mark Feinsand
September 26th 2009


Joe Girardi delivered a simple message to Joba Chamberlain after his last start: It's time to step up.

That's precisely what Chamberlain did Friday night, delivering his best performance in nearly two months to help the Yankees move closer to a division title with a 9-5 win over the Red Sox at the Stadium.

Chamberlain gave up three runs on five hits and a walk over six innings, striking out five. Having gone 0-4 with an 8.42 ERA in his previous eight starts, Chamberlain got back into the win column for the first time since Aug. 6, giving the Yankees a reason to feel confident about handing him the ball in October.

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Surging Twins trying to close Metrodome with playoff push

BY Jesse Spector
September 26th 2009


MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have just three games left until they bid farewell to the baggie. Or do they?

A funny thing has happened on the way to a disappointing final season of indoor baseball in Minnesota. The Twins, seven games out of first place in the American League Central after a 3-1 loss in Cleveland on Sept. 6, and two games under .500 a week later, have put themselves in position to sneak up on the Detroit Tigers and win the division, with a pivotal four-game series between the two teams set to start tomorrow in Motown after the Twins took two of three from the Tigers at the not-yet-dead Metrodome last weekend.

"We're just trying to win some games and make this thing interesting," says Twins infielder Brendan Harris. "We'll worry about the new ballpark when we get to it."

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Braves’ Cox insists he’s retiring after next year

September 25, 2009


WASHINGTON — Two days after Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox announced he was retiring after next season, some people still don’t believe him.

"I always thought they’d have to bury him in his Braves uniform," third baseman Chipper Jones said Friday before the start of a series against Washington.

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Cubs’ Lee out with sore neck

September 25, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO — Chicago’s Derrek Lee was scheduled to spend Friday night’s game against the Giants receiving treatment for neck spasms, the result of a congratulatory pat on the helmet from pitcher Angel Guzman the previous night.

"It’s just something that happened," Cubs’ manager Lou Piniella said before the game. "Guzman, or whoever it was, was trying to compliment him for stealing the base and scoring a run. I was told it was Guzman, I don’t know for sure. I guess they went to the video tape. I just shook his hand."

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MLB News - Sports News | September 15, 2009

 

MLB announces master 2010 scheduleOpening of Twins' new Target Field one of many highlights

By Mark Newman
September 15, 2009


Major League Baseball announced its master 2010 regular-season schedule for all 30 clubs on Tuesday, meaning you can start dreaming ahead now.

You just might see Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nationals, Alex Rodriguez's 600th home run, Manny Ramirez playing for the Dodgers at Fenway Park or Roy Oswalt start another six-pitcher, June 11 no-hitter at Yankee Stadium for the Astros.

You just might see the Twins' first outdoor home game since 1981, thanks to new Target Field; the rival Yankees and Red Sox start and finish a regular season against each other at Fenway Park for the first time since 1950; or one of those American or National League parks you've always wanted to cross off your list but haven't made yet.

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL UPDATES

By Charles Rich
September 15, 2009


Gregg Zaun (St. Francis High, 1989) Tampa Bay Rays catcher: Things have been going well for Zaun since he was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 7. The Glendale native has slugged a pair of home runs since joining Tampa Bay, which won the American League championship last season.

His latest came in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays in a pinch-hitting role. He hit a grand slam to give the host Rays a 5-1 lead. Tampa Bay would go on to earn a 5-2 win. It marked the fifth time that Zaun has hit a grand slam in his career. His previous one came on Sept. 6, 2008 against Tampa Bay, while playing for Toronto.

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Folksy Tracy just what the Rockies needed

By Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports
September 15, 2009


The Clint Hurdle era had been over for a month when Jim Tracy wandered through his team’s clubhouse, all smiles.

The Colorado Rockies had hardly lost under him. The pitching staff was throwing strikes. Relievers Huston Street and Manny Corpas had gotten their roles straightened out. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was a player again, and so were a lot of guys who’d seemingly lost their way, their stroke, their something. Clint Barmes was the regular second baseman, Ian Stewart was at third, the team was winning.

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Matsuzaka’s surprising return to form

By Gordon Edes, Yahoo! Sports
September 15, 2009


BOSTON — Afterward, Daisuke Matsuzaka(notes) wore an enormous silver watch on his left wrist, a dazzling piece of bling that looked straight out of the David Ortiz collection. So big it looked like it could have measured time not in hours and minutes, but in the weeks and months that Matsuzaka had been absent from the Red Sox.

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MLB News - Sports News | August 25, 2009

 

AL MVP: Mauer, by a landslide

By Jeff Passan
August 25, 2009


We wanted to write a few verses, just in case Joe Mauer has some free time to lay down a track or two, only someone already did that.

So considering the grace with which the Minnesota Twins’ catcher plays, perhaps a few poems can better convey the kind of year he’s having – and how much of a laugher it is that he’s not considered the shoo-in Most Valuable Player in the American League that Albert Pujols is in the National League.

What about a limerick?

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Major League Baseball standings on Sunday, August 23, 2009

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August 23, 2009


AMERICAN LEAGUE

EASTERN DIVISION

W L PCT GB 1. NY Yankees 78 46 .629 - 2. Boston 70 53 .569 7 1/2 3. Tampa Bay 67 56 .545 10 1/2 4. Toronto 57 65 .467 20 5. Baltimore 51 73 .411 27

CENTRAL DIVISION

W L PCT GB 1. Detroit 65 58 .528 - 2. Chicago White Sox 63 61 .508 2 1/2 3. Minnesota 61 63 .492 4 1/2 4. Cleveland 54 69 .439 11 5. Kansas City 47 76 .382 18

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MLB: New York Yankees 8, Boston 4

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August 24, 2009


BOSTON — Hideki Matsui hit two solo home runs and Alex Rodriguez had a two-run homer and three RBI Sunday to lead the New York Yankees to an 8-4 win over Boston.

Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon scored two runs apiece for the Yankees, who won twice in the three-game series at Fenway Park and extended their AL East lead over the second-place Red Sox to 7 1⁄2 games.

CC Sabathia (15-7) started and went 6 2/3 innings for New York, allowing four runs on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

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Damon’s contribution typifies Yankees’ surge

By Gordon Edes
August 24, 2009


BOSTON — The bruise on his left knee, the result of a foul ball that ricocheted off his bat two nights earlier, had yet to complete its natural cycle of discoloration – fire-engine red, a touch of magenta, indigo blue. But because Johnny Damo could walk, he was playing.

Joe Girardi’s compassion has its limits, and the New York Yankees manager felt a certain urgency to restoring Damon to the lineup for Sunday night’s rubber game against the Boston Red Sox. It was a sentiment Damon shared, especially after sitting out the 14-run beating Boston had inflicted the day before. But approaching age 36, and having absorbed almost as many dings and dents as the Green Monster that loomed behind him in left field, Damon knew that he’d likely need a couple of extra aspirin in the morning.

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MLB News - Sports News | July 15, 2009

 

Glimpse of MLB at midseason

By Nick Piecoro
July 15, 2009


Outside of baseball's best division, the American League East, there seems to exist divisions stocked with flawed teams. That, of course, has the makings of good stretch-run drama.

The Los Angeles Dodgers blew through the season's first three months, not really missing a beat during slugger Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension. The surprising San Francisco Giants, streaky Colorado Rockies and the disappointing Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres are not likely to catch Los Angeles.

And what about the rest of the major league teams?

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Phillies sign 3-time Cy Young winner Martinez

By Dan Gelston
July 15, 2009


PHILADELPHIA - Pedro Martinez says he was “too brave” when he pitched hurt his final years in New York, and he's excited about his return to the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Martinez agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Phillies on Wednesday.

The team put the three-time Cy Young winner on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has confidence Martinez will be ready pitch in two to three weeks.

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Selig: MLB should keep banned players from minors -- After Manny's 5-game rehab assignment, commissioner wants rule to be changed

By Ronald Blum
July 15, 2009


ST. LOUIS - Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig wants to keep players on drug suspensions from going to the minor leagues before they return.

Manny Ramirez drew sellout crowds last month in the minors when he played two games at Triple-A Albuquerque and three at Class A Inland Empire on his rehabilitation assignment before his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 3.

"I believe that should be changed," Selig said Tuesday during a one-hour question-and-answer session with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "Their logic was OK - look, guys get hurt, they can go out on rehab, and so and so forth. But I think that's something we need to really change in the next labor negotiation."

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Tribune Co. hopes bankruptcy will help Cubs' sale -- Filing could keep creditors from seeking team's assets

BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN
July 15, 2009


It's not as bad as years of disappointment for their fans, but the Chicago Cubs are close to bankruptcy despite being one of baseball's most popular franchises.

Tribune Co. plans to take the Cubs to bankruptcy to complete its sale to the billionaire Ricketts family, according to a high-level team source. The Cubs were excluded when Tribune, groaning under $13 billion in debt, filed for bankruptcy last December. Taking the Cubs to bankruptcy has been part of the sale plan from the start, according to the source.

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MLB News - Sports News | June 30, 2009

 

Red Sox duo locked in Close All Star Votes -- Yokilis pulls ahead, Pedroia very near in balloting

By Doug Miller
June 30, 2009


On his march to the Major Leagues, the little guy who plays second base for the Boston Red Sox has heard over and over again that he can't, but then he laces up his spikes, throws on his glove and proves everyone wrong.

Now Dustin Pedroia is trying to do it again.

Trailing Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers for weeks in American League All-Star voting, the reigning AL Most Valuable Player moved within a relative hair of the leader with a little more than two days remaining before voting closes for the 80th Midsummer Classic, which will be played July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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Major League Baseball names its O.C. 'all-star' -- Newport Beach resident named as Angels representative in St. Louis.

By Eric Carpenter
June 29, 2009


ANAHEIM – It's official: Christine Shively is an all-star.

The Newport Beach resident, 50, will be the Angels representative at the July 14 baseball All-Star Game in St. Louis.

Major League Baseball officials have announced that Shively garnered the most votes in the "All-Stars Among Us" campaign, sponsored by MLB and People Magazine – a competition meant to recognize everyday people doing great things in their communities.

Shively founded an organization called Knots of Love in 2007 to provide knitted and crocheted caps for cancer patients who've lost their hair. To date, more than 20,000 caps have been handed out to at least 150 cancer centers across the nation and in Canada and Mexico.

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Latest news and notes from Major League Baseball

June 29, 2009


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Santana could return to Angels rotation by weekend

Ervin Santana could be back in the rotation for the Los Angeles Angels next weekend.

Manager Mike Scioscia says the right-hander had no problems Sunday during a 45-pitch rehab assignment in the Arizona Summer League.

Scioscia says Santana will throw a bullpen session Wednesday. If that goes well, he could be activated from the 15-day disabled list as early as Friday.

Santana is 1-3 with a 7.47 ERA in six starts. He missed the first six weeks of the season with a sprained ligament in his right elbow and has been out since June 12 due to an inflamed right triceps.

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MLB News - Sports News | June 7, 2009

 

Hernandez holds Nats in check, Mets win 7-0

June 7, 2009


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Livan Hernandez gave the New York Mets everything he had before leaving with an upset stomach.

It was enough to end a difficult road trip on a positive note.

Hernandez allowed four singles over seven innings and the Mets scored five first-inning runs in a 7-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

New York went 2-4 on its six-game trip, getting swept in Pittsburgh before taking two of three from the woeful Nationals. The Mets open a three-game series against NL East-leading Philadelphia on Tuesday at Citi Field.

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Ethier strikes again: Walk-off homer in 12th sinks Phillies

June 6, 2009


LOS ANGELES -- Andre Ethier wishes it was last October.

Ethier had his second winning hit against the Philadelphia Phillies in two days, hitting his second homer of the game with two out in the 12th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory Saturday.

Brad Lidge had his second blown save in less than 24 hours, giving up a tying home run to pinch-hitter Rafael Furcal with one out in the ninth. Last postseason, Lidge was perfect in seven save opportunities.

Ethier's performance against the Phillies this weekend is in sharp contrast to last year's NLCS, where he had no RBI in 22 at-bats against Philadelphia.

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Lightning nearly strikes twice for Lester
Left-hander flirts with perfection, loses bid in seventh

By Maureen Mullen
June 7, 2009

BOSTON -- Lightning supposedly never strikes twice, but sometimes it comes very close. That was the case on Saturday night at Fenway Park in the Red Sox's 8-1 win over the Rangers.

Jon Lester, who pitched a no-hitter on May 19, 2008, against the Royals at Fenway, took a perfect game into the seventh inning.

"It's hard not to think about [a no-hitter] when you've got the Green Monster out there," Lester said. "It's in your face the whole time. It's hard not to think about it, but I've got to try to continue to execute pitches."

But instead of a perfect game or a no-hitter, Lester (5-5) posted a two-hit, complete-game, 11-strikeout win before 37,828 fans.

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MLB News - Sports News | March 31, 2009

 

Cincinnati Reds 2009 Preview

By Lyle Fitzsimmons
March 31, 2009


Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Now, all they need is a name change, right?

The upstart Cincinnati Reds, having officially jettisoned the three-run homer approach in favor of youth, speed and defense, enter the 2009 season with more than a few observers likening them to the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays, of course, ditched the word "Devil" from their name heading into last year and went on to win a franchise-record 97 games en route to a stirring American League Championship Series win and an appearance in the World Series.

So, following that recipe, Dusty Baker and Co. will simply be going by the name "Cincinnati" this season and will no longer answer to the name "Reds".

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MLB Divisional Breakdown: AL West

By Lou Cappetta
March 31, 2009


It's the end of March, and spring training games are getting more competitive.

Pitchers are pitching more innings, and players are starting to get back into the swing of playing major league baseball everyday.

The transition from spring training to the regular season is beginning to take place.

With that in mind, there have been numerous predictions, division breakdowns, rankings, and lists about who will win, lose, win awards, and so on.

Anyone can pick division winners and losers, but it's time to dig into each division beyond just the order in which teams will finish.

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MLB Preview: 4 Teams to Keep an Eye On

By James LeBeau
March 31, 2009


New York Yankees: 2008 was a year of change for the Yankees as out was longtime phenom manager Joe Torre and in was former Yank Joe Jirardi. His first season was a tough one as injuries plagued his team to an 89-73 record; a record that caused the Yanks to miss the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. That feeling of change that began last season continues into this year as NYY opens up a new stadium with a bevy of new, high-priced talent. 

Key Losses: Mike Mussina, Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu

Key Additions: CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett, and Mark Texiera 

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MLB News - Sports News | January 29, 2009

 

2009 MLB Predictions


By Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports


Another year, another safe-deposit box full of misdeeds and regrets. No, baseball players aren't perfect, and it is in their flaws that we relate to them.

So do not be shocked to learn that your favorite baseball figures, too, make New Year's resolutions. They are the easiest way to remember the past while looking forward – though, admittedly, the needle marks and back acne are apt reminders.

Alex Rodriguez: I resolve not to cheat on my wife with strippers who look like they wear acid-washed jeans, opt out of my contract in the middle of the World Series, gag in the playoffs again, play slum lord to the disenfranchised and then act contrite during a softball Katie Couric interview. In other words, I resolve to not be myself.

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2009 Atlanta Braves Preview


A long and tedious off-season for the Atlanta Braves has almost come to an end. Atlanta fans saw the Braves improve their starting rotation with the acquisitions of Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez and Kenshin Kawakami. The Braves also added depth to their bench by resigning Greg Norton, Omar Infante and David Ross.


STARTING PITCHING

Derek Lowe (14-11, 3.24 ERA, 34 starts) will begin the season as Atlanta’s ace while Javier Vazquez (12-16, 4.67, 33 starts) will hold the second spot in the rotation. Tom Glavine (2-4, 5.54 ERA, 13 starts) will likely fill the third spot if he is resigned in the coming days. The fourth and fifth spots in the rotation will be held by Kenshin Kawakami (9-5, 2.30 ERA, 20 games) and Jair Jurrjens (13-10, 3.68 ERA, 31 starts).

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2009 CLEVELAND INDIANS PREVIEW


2008 was a mixed bag for the Indians, as they struggled out of the gate, ran into serious injury issues and fell out of playoff contention early. At midseason, they dealt longtime rotation stalwart CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers and began a new era. However, as Sabathia was leaving, starter Cliff Lee had the Major League’s biggest turnaround and won the AL Cy Young award, keeping the trophy in Cleveland (Sabathia was the 2007 winner).

There is plenty of cause for optimism in 2009 aside from Lee’s resurgence. The Indians played very well down the stretch, finishing 81-81, which surprised most casual observers who had written them off after their awful start. Indians fans are also overjoyed that former closer Joe Borowski (who was abysmal much of the year) is now departed and has been replaced by former Cub Kerry Wood. If the Indians can solidify the back end of their rotation and simply stay healthy then they should compete in 2009.

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2009 DETROIT TIGERS PREVIEW


The 2009 season was a cacophony of injuries and errors for the Detroit Tigers. After upgrading their roster though a number of major moves, most observers pegged the Tigers to make a return to postseason action. However, injuries devastated their pitching staff and the season fell apart quickly and Detroit never came close to even sniffing a winning year.

This season looks brighter in Detroit. Their injury concerns are largely behind them and they made a few upgrades during the offseason, the most notable of which was the recent signing of former Arizona closer Brandon Lyon, who is expected to fulfill the same role in Detroit. Though the Tigers still have holes, they have the talent to compete in 2009.

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MLB News - Sports News | November 20, 2008

 

Albert Pujols: 2008 NL Most Valuable Player


By Brian Walton
November 17, 2008


Even the Baseball Writers Association of America couldn’t screw up the voting for the 2008 National League Most Valuable Player, with the St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols the official winner over the Philadelphia Phillies Ryan Howard.

Only because of the long-standing dispute over what the “Most Valuable Player” means and the illogical voting patterns of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) did the baseball fans of America have to anxiously wait until the formal announcement on Monday afternoon to learn whether the man clearly most deserving of the award, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, would get shafted again or instead would finally pick up his second MVP in his eight years of National League dominance

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Price set to be starter in 2009
May not begin year in Rays rotation, but future's not in 'pen

By Bill Chastain
November 18, 2008


ST. PETERSBURG -- David Price definitely has the skills to excel as a pitcher at the Major League level.

A starter throughout his career, Price rose to the occasion to serve the Rays well out of the bullpen during the 2008 postseason, which introduced the question about whether the left-hander would be better utilized as the team's closer in '09 rather than a member of the starting rotation.

On Tuesday, Andrew Friedman put the kibosh on any notions Price might be in the bullpen, when the Rays' executive vice president of baseball operations said: "He's definitely a starter. He's definitely going to be a starter."

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MLB News - Sports News | Archive September 9, 2008

 

Major League Baseball International Reaches Asia, Europe and Latin America with Intelsat

September 9, 2008


PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Sep 09, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Intelsat, Ltd., the world's leading provider of commercial satellite services, announced that Major League Baseball International (MLBI) signed a contract for international distribution to its rightsholders in Asia, Europe and Latin America, providing local viewing access to games and highlights of the upcoming season.

Standard and high definition feeds of the League's games will be transmitted into Asia, Europe and Latin America using five Intelsat satellites. Intelsat will pick up the signals via its major video switch interconnects, transport the programming to its teleport facility in Ellenwood, Georgia, and uplink the games to the Intelsat satellites for transmission to the broadcast receive sites in Asia, Europe and Latin America. In addition to regular season games, this contract also calls for transmission of The American League Championship Series, the World Series and The World Baseball Classic in March 2009.

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Angels geared up to clinch Clubhouse filled with anticipation with AL West title looming

By Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
September 9. 2008


ANAHEIM -- With the possibility of the Angels' clinching the American League West on Tuesday, the clubhouse had to be prepared for a postgame celebration with crates of champagne being delivered to the stadium.

But Angels manager Mike Scioscia still maintained that he didn't know that the Angels' magic number was down to two and that they can clinch with a win and a Rangers loss.

"I don't even know how close we are to clinching," Scioscia said. "[If there's champagne] that's a good sign."

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MLB News - Sports News | Archive July 31, 2008

 

Local heroes

July 31, 2008


Sporting labour markets are becoming global. But what about sports themselves?

THE weather is perfect, with just enough breeze to freshen a warm June evening. Shea Stadium is bubbling this Friday night, with fans and food vendors, music and pre-game presentations. On the big screen the New York Mets introduce themselves: Jose Reyes, shortstop, from the Dominican Republic…Carlos Beltran, centre fielder, Puerto Rico…Endy Chavez, right fielder, Venezuela…Oliver Perez, pitcher, Mexico.

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MLB News - Sports News | Archive May 20, 2008

 

Report: U.S. government may subpoena as many as 104 MLB players

ESPN.com news services
May 18, 2008


As many as 104 Major League Baseball players could be subpoenaed by federal investigators in connection with the BALCO steroid distribution case after the United States attorney's office obtained positive steroid test results from 2003, according to a published report.

The results, according to The New York Times, were part of the 2003 tests conducted by Major League Baseball that were intended to be anonymous. But through some deft legal maneuvering, the U.S. government seized the records from two different companies hired to provide the tests

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Combing through history to explain Cliff Lee
   

By Jim Baker
May 19, 2008


In one of the more left-angle surprises of the young season, Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians began the year with seven consecutive quality starts, only one of which came anywhere near the bare minimum required to meet that definition. They were seven of the better-pitched consecutive games ever to start a season and have all sorts of spectacular mini-streaks buried therein.

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Falcons sign QB Matt Ryan to 6 yr., $72M contract

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer
May 20, 2008


ATLANTA - For the second time in eight years, the Atlanta Falcons opened the vault and dropped a ton of cash on a franchise quarterback.

Matt Ryan, the No. 3 pick in last month's draft, signed a $72 million, six-year contract Tuesday. The announcement of the new deal came with smiles, confident talk of the future and no mention of Michael Vick, the first pick in 2001 who signed a $130 million extension, the richest in the league at the time, in December 2005.

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MLB News - Sports News | Archive March 4, 2008

 

It's early, but Mariners savor win
Cactus victory over Angels gives McLaren's troops a boost

By Jim Street / MLB.com
March 5, 2008 7:57 PM ET


PEORIA, Ariz. -- A win over the Angels in March might not have the same feeling as almost any month during the regular season, but Mariners manager John McLaren was a little more giddy than usual on Wednesday.

"That was like a Mariners-Angels regular-season game," McLaren said after Seattle held off its American League West rivals, 6-5, in a Cactus League game at Peoria Stadium. "It was good to win a game against them."

The Angels were AL West champs last season, largely because they were 13-6 against the Mariners -- including a three-game sweep at Safeco Field in late August that basically knocked Seattle out of the race.

The first of two Spring Training meetings between the teams expected to again battle it out for the AL West championship ended with right-hander Brandon Morrow striking out Hank Conger with one run in and the tying run on base.

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Woods can hit baseballs, too
Golf great connects off Smoltz for hit during simulated game

By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
March 5, 2008 5:59 PM ET


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Some say it was definitely a base hit. Others claim Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson or shortstop Yunel Escobar would have clearly fielded the Tiger Woods grounder.

But none of those present at Orlando's Disney Wide World of Sports Complex were disputing the fact it was fun watching Woods stand in the batters' box while good friend John Smoltz completed another of the simulated games he's using as part of his personally designed Spring Training preparations.

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Dodgers Pitching Staff Leaves Park Little Room

By Kang Seung-woo
Staff Reporter

Veteran right-hander Park Chan-ho will proudly represent the Los Angeles Dodgers when they play the San Diego Padres later this month in Major League Baseball (MLB)'s first ever exhibition games in China.

But taking a close look at the Dodgers' traveling roster, the situation is going against the 34-year-old South Korean hurler, who is eyeing to rejuvenate his career in the U.S. Major Leagues.

New Dodgers manager Joe Torre excluded most of his key players such as his top four starting pitchers — Brad Penny, Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda — from the exhibition roster as they prepare for the upcoming season, which will start on April 1.

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MLB News - Sports News | Archive February 11, 2008

 

Marlins single-game tickets on sale
Club may play July 28-30 series against Mets in Puerto Rico

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
February 9, 2008, 4:23 PM ET


MIAMI -- Individual game tickets went on sale for the Marlins' 2008 regular-season games on Saturday morning. For now, however, one series remains in limbo.

The Marlins are holding off selling seats for the July 28-30 series with the Mets, because there is a strong chance those games will be played in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

For a few months, the Marlins have had discussions with representatives from Puerto Rico regarding playing one series in San Juan.

Marlins president David Samson said he hopes to resolve where those three games will be played in the next week.

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Former MLB clubhouse attendant at center of doping scandal gets probation

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February 9, 2008



SAN FRANCISCO: The former clubhouse attendant for the New York Mets club who is at the center of Major League Baseball's ongoing doping scandal avoided jail and was sentenced Friday to five years' probation after cooperating with the league's investigators.

Kirk Radomski was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston to pay an $18,575 (¤12,800) fine after he admitted selling steroids, human growth hormone and amphetamines to dozens of current and former MLB players.

"These are very, very serious offenses," said Illston, who lectured that some of Radomski's best customers served as role models to children.

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Trachsel returns with Minor League deal
O's invite righty to Spring Training to compete for rotation spot

By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com



BALTIMORE -- The Orioles welcomed Steve Trachsel back into the fold with a Minor League contract Monday, marking the second straight season that the veteran has signed with Baltimore shortly before Spring Training. Trachsel signed on to replace the injured Kris Benson last spring and will compete for a vacant back-end rotation slot this year.

The Orioles created an extra hole in the rotation with last week's trade of staff ace Erik Bedard, and team executives acknowledged immediately that they'd like to sign a veteran to take stress off the remaining youngsters. Trachsel, who has a 141-154 career record, has made 25 or more starts in each of the last 12 seasons.

Trachsel, a 15-year veteran, has played for five different big league teams. He made 25 starts for the Orioles last season, helping stabilize the staff after an early injury to Adam Loewen. Trachsel allowed three earned runs or less 17 times for Baltimore and netted Scott Moore and Rocky Cherry when he was traded to the Cubs on Aug. 31, 2007.

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MLB News - Sports News | December 31, 2007

 

Diamond dominators

By Steve Henson, Yahoo! Sports


From the Mitchell Report to the Fehr retort, from the Clemens denial to the Bonds pre-trial, it's been an ugly December for baseball. In an admittedly contrived effort to distract attention from the 86 losers named in Mitchell's tome, a list of the game's Top Five teams:

The Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres …

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Separating truth from fiction was hard in '07

By Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports


Awaiting next December's year-ender and the final, revelatory chapters on Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens:

This would be a lot easier if we weren't wringing the growth hormone out of our sanitary socks, vainly scrubbing the stains off the careers of the two best players of our time, hitting and pitching divisions.

Bud Selig said in Manhattan a couple weeks ago, "I knew only what I said I knew," which, apparently, wasn't much, leaving baseball on its own and leaving us with a game in which perception counted nearly as much as final scores, and so it was perhaps appropriate if Jonathan Papelbon's bulldog really did gnaw the 2007 season's sacred keepsake into a stringy, slobbery mess.

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MLB News - Sports News | December 14, 2007

 

Judge orders review of racial slur against former NBA star Jayson Williams

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NEWARK, N.J. - The judge overseeing the retrial of former NBA star Jayson Williams ordered prosecutors Thursday to provide all details surrounding a racial slur made by an officer investigating the 2002 shotgun killing of a hired driver.
State Superior Court Judge Edward M. Coleman said he will review the material privately before deciding what must be turned over to the defence.

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Posted: Thursday Dec 13, 2007 12:44 AM


HOUSTON (AP) -As long as the Houston Rockets avoided the free-throw line on Wednesday night, they did just fine against the Detroit Pistons.

Tracy McGrady scored 29 points and Yao Ming added 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Rockets nearly entered the NBA record book for foul-shot futility before beating the Pistons 80-77.

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