October 18, 2014 |
Johnny Almaraz did not plan on taking off his baseball uniform and putting on a scout's hat in his early 20s. No, the plan was to pitch in the big leagues and, if that did not work out, he was going to return to Southwest Texas State and get his degree in health administration. Plan A, as it turned out, was stripped from Almaraz's control in his second minor-league season with the Cincinnati Reds, who had selected the righthanded pitcher in the 14th round of the 1988 draft. The Texas native pitched 14 times for Billings, Mont., in his rookie minor-league season and went 5-5 with a 5.04 ERA. He never pitched again.
October 10, 2014 |
BUSTER POSEY and Madison Bumgarner. Matt Adams and Trevor Rosenthal. Eric Hosmer and Yordano Ventura. Manny Machado and Zach Britton. The first two already have World Series rings with San Francisco, the second two helped lead a new wave of Cardinals into another World Series appearance 12 months ago, and the last four are all key contributors to the rousing successes in Kansas City and Baltimore this season. While 26 of baseball's 30 teams have hit the road, those eight players are still playing in the postseason.
September 23, 2014 |
OAKLAND - The A's tried their hardest to continue their epic collapse but, in the end, they were no match for the Phillies, who left the O.co Coliseum as 8-6 losers yesterday thanks to a two-run, walkoff home run by Josh Donaldson off Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in the 10th inning. One day after the Phillies seized a 3-0 victory, A.J. Burnett walked six batters and hit two more with pitches in a sloppy performance by both teams. The A's are atop the wild-card standings, by one-half game over Kansas City and by two games over Seattle.
March 1, 2014
Colorado Rockies pitcher Jayson Aquino was taken to a hospital for tests after being hit in the head by a line drive during an intrasquad game Thursday. The lefthander didn't go down and was able to walk off the field after Rafael Ynoa's liner hit him just above the ear. Asked whether Aquino may have suffered a concussion, manager Walt Weiss called it a "possibility. " Niese MRI: No problems The New York Mets said an MRI on pitcher Jon Niese's ailing left shoulder did not show any major problems.
July 16, 2013 |
ANOTHER DAY, another extra-inning game between the Phillies and the White Sox, and another walkoff victory for the Phils. Following 24 innings of baseball combined in a Saturday day-night doubleheader and the gut-wrenching news that centerfielder Ben Revere was placed on the disabled list yesterday, the Phillies needed somebody to step up. Revere's replacement, John Mayberry Jr., did so in the bottom of the 10th. With the bases loaded and two outs, Mayberry singled up the middle to score Chase Utley, who reached on a leadoff double, giving the Phillies a 4-3 victory over Chicago.
July 3, 2013 |
H OMER BAILEY threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants last night. Bailey (5-6) became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer - still the only big-leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates, 1-0, in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later. "Every dog has its day twice, I guess," Bailey said.
September 25, 2012 |
JOSH HAMILTON was back in the lineup Monday against the visting Oakland Athletics after missing the last five games because of blurred vision and balance issues. In the Texas Rangers' 5-4 win, Hamilton played the part of Triple Crown spoiler - for a night, at least - hitting his 43rd homer of the season in the fifth inning to move ahead of Miguel Cabrera in the AL home run lead. Cabrera, the Tigers slugger, is bidding to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
April 7, 2012 |
Nobody got put in a headlock or punched this time. Of course, 19 years have passed since White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura charged Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan on the mound. It set off one of the more legendary baseball brouhahas, featuring Ryan, then a 46-year-old sure Hall of Famer in his last season, wrapping Ventura, then 26, in a chokehold under his left arm while delivering vigorous right-hand hammers to the youngster's noggin. How legendary is the fight? Well, a video of the battle is regularly shown on the jumbo screen at the Ballpark at Arlington to fire up the crowd.
August 14, 2009 |
Jonny Gomes homered in his first three at-bats to back Bronson Arroyo's two-hitter and the Cincinnati Reds beat the visiting Washington Nationals 7-0 last night. Gomes hit two-run homers in the second and fourth innings and added a solo shot in the sixth to help the Reds take a 7-0 lead. He struck out in the eighth inning. It was the second time in Gomes' career that he has hit three homers. The first was on July 30, 2005, against Kansas City. He is the sixth player to hit three homers in a game this season; Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen was the last on Aug. 1. "This one's a lot more emotional for me," said Gomes, who opened the season in Triple A and did not join the Reds until May 22. "That was one of the best performances I've seen in a long time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.
August 5, 2009 |
Albert Pujols hit a grand slam in the 10th inning for his second homer of the game and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals rallied to beat the New York Mets, 12-7, last night. Pujols had four hits and five RBI for the Cardinals, snapping out of a slump with his ninth multihomer game of the season. Ryan Ludwick also went deep and drove in two runs. The night was painful in another way for the Mets, who lost second baseman Luis Castillo in the seventh inning with a sprained left ankle after he slipped and fell in the dugout.