October 22, 2014 |
FIVE THOUGHTS about this year's World Series, which begins tonight with the Giants' Madison Bumgarner squaring off against the Royals' James Shields: 1. The postseason is the ultimate in small samples. This is the first World Series in history to feature two teams who failed to reach 90 wins in a 162-game season. The Giants finished the regular season 45-53 in their final 98 games, while the Royals had two players finish the year with an OPS+ above league average (Lorenzo Cain at 108 and Alex Gordon at 117)
August 5, 2008 |
Marlon Byrd hit a two-out walkoff grand slam and the Texas Rangers, long after Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain left with a shoulder injury, snapped a 10-game home losing streak with a 9-5 victory last night. Already missing No. 1 starter Chien-Ming Wang and righthander Phil Hughes from a top-heavy rotation, the Yankees lost Chamberlain when he came out with a stiff right shoulder in the fifth. It was uncertain whether Chamberlain will be able to make his next scheduled start, but New York is likely to be cautious with the 22-year-old righthander - even in a tight playoff race.
April 20, 2011 |
James Shields struck out nine in a four-hitter, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the visiting Chicago White Sox, 2-1, last night for their seventh win in eight games. Shields (1-1) outpitched John Danks and walked one in his sixth career complete game, and first since June 10, 2008, against the Los Angeles Angels. "I wanted it, that's for sure," Shields said. Danks (0-2) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings for the White Sox, who have lost six in a row. The lefthander struck out five and hit two batters.
September 20, 2012 |
ICHIRO SUZUKI had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning, his seventh hit of the day, to help the New York Yankees complete a doubleheader sweep of visiting Toronto with a 2-1 win Wednesday night. Suzuki made a difficult catch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of the opener to preserve a lead for Andy Pettitte in a 4-2 victory. The wily outfielder had three hits in the opener batting leadoff in place of Derek Jeter, who rested his sore ankle in the first game of the day-night doubleheader.
July 6, 2013
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said he was close to feeling well enough to begin playing in minor-league games. The Yankees captain said he was doing everything needed before beginning a rehabilitation assignment. "I'm anxious to be playing in games," Jeter said after working out Thursday at the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla. "When they tell me to play, I'll play. " On Wednesday, Jeter ran the bases after putting the ball in play during simulated at-bats for the first time since a second break was found in his left ankle.
May 28, 2012 |
The Minnesota Twins chose to remember Memorial Day in a touching manner. Robert Buresh, a Minnesota Air National Guard master sergeant just returned from Afghanistan, surprised his daughters in front of home plate as they ran around the bases in a promotional contest. Mileposts Memorial Day is the first of baseball's annual markers on the long run to October, the others being the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Some teams have gotten to the first post in poorer shape than others.
May 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies can only hope that Cody Asche's move from third base to left field works as well as it has for another former University of Nebraska star. Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals made the switch in 2010. Gordon, the second overall pick in the 2005 draft out of Nebraska, has become a two-time all-star and has won four consecutive Gold Gloves since moving full-time to left field in 2011. "It is tough, but he will deal with it," Gordon said Tuesday before a 5-1 loss to the Yankees.
August 2, 2007 |
After a moment of silence to honor victims of the 35-W bridge collapse near the Metrodome, the Kansas City Royals defeated host Minnesota last night, 5-3, in 10 innings. Tonight's game between the teams was called off, but the Twins decided to go ahead with this one instead of sending about 25,000 fans back out onto the congested highways. The Twins also postponed today's groundbreaking ceremony for the team's new stadium, which will be located downtown. "Obviously, a baseball game is kind of secondary around here," said Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire.
August 29, 2007 |
After winning 247 games in the major leagues, Mike Mussina is in danger of losing his job. With the 38-year-old righthander pitching poorly and sounding despondent, the New York Yankees are considering pulling Mussina from the rotation in the middle of a pennant race. Yankees manager Joe Torre said yesterday he wouldn't make a decision until speaking with Mussina, who has a 17.69 ERA in his past three starts. Torre said the pitcher has "earned that conversation" because of "who he is and what he's done.
April 1, 2008 |
The $138 million Tigers opened with a thud. Tony Pena Jr. hit a two-out, tiebreaking single in the 11th inning and the visiting Kansas City Royals held on to beat Detroit, 5-4, in yesterday's opener. The big spenders had a shot at a dramatic win with Clete Thomas on third base with only one out, but Edgar Renteria struck out and the game ended when third baseman Alex Gordon snared Placido Polanco's grounder in the hole and threw him out. Detroit closer Todd Jones said a team's payroll is "totally" irrelevant on any given day. "But the beauty of baseball is it's all about the long haul, not one game," Jones said.