July 12, 2013 |
IT WAS HARD to tell who was happier when Joshua Phegley's sixth-inning grand slam cleared the fence - Phegley himself, or the pitcher who would benefit from those four runs. Phegley's drive gave Chris Sale some long-awaited offensive support, and visiting Chicago went on to beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, yesterday in a game that included a bench-clearing altercation shortly after the White Sox took the lead. Sale was 0-6 in his previous seven starts despite an ERA of 3.10 over that span.
July 18, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES — Logic is not always applicable when the topic is the Dodgers, a team that 4 years ago traded away a blue-chip catcher named Carlos Santana in exchange for 2 months from a third baseman named Casey Blake. But when you consider the context — LA was in dire need of a veteran third baseman and would eventually compete in the NLCS; Santana was at Class A — the deal made at least a hint of sense at the time. Contrast that with the most recent cow pellet to be dropped into baseball's midseason hot stove: According to several media outlets, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has fingered Jimmy Rollins as a potential solution to the club's woes at shortstop.
July 2, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Juan Pierre has been booed and benched. He has dropped fly balls and struggled at the plate, but maybe now, his misery is ending. The veteran outfielder delivered his second go-ahead hit in two games as the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the crosstown Cubs, 6-4, in Friday's opener of their weekend series. "I know Juan is a good player," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Not because he won the last two games for us. " Alexei Ramirez knocked a two-run homer in the seventh and Pierre added a two-run triple later in the inning as the White Sox turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead for their third straight win. A.J. Pierzynski led off the seventh with a single, and Alexei Ramirez tied it with his eighth homer, but the White Sox weren't finished.
June 21, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Carlos Zambrano kept his cool this time after a tough first inning, Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer and Starlin Castro drove in three runs as the Chicago Cubs rallied to beat the White Sox, 6-3, on Monday night. The first matchup of six this season between the crosstown rivals with losing records drew a crowd of 36,005 at U.S. Cellular Field on a 75-degree night. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected in the sixth inning after apparently arguing that a ball hit near the plate by Alexei Ramirez should have been ruled foul.
May 16, 2011 |
Even by Jose Bautista's standards, this is a remarkable stretch of hitting. Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Toronto outfielder has led the majors in home runs and has become a threat to go deep at any moment. But a performance that included three home runs in yesterday's 11-3 victory over host Minnesota and a total of five during a series sweep of the Twins even left Bautista a bit dumbfounded. "It's ridiculous, it feels like a dream right now," Bautista said.
April 18, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Dan Haren pitched into the seventh inning for his fourth win of the season and Maicer Izturis had three hits as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox, 4-2, Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Haren (4-0) joined teammate Jered Weaver as the only four-game winners. The righthander allowed two runs on seven hits over 61/3 innings, striking out six and not allowing a walk. After initially struggling in the ninth, rookie closer Jordan Walden got Juan Pierre to pop out to left with the bases loaded for his third save in as many opportunities.
May 12, 2010 |
Cliff Lee allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings to earn his first win with Seattle, and the Mariners beat the host Baltimore Orioles, 5-1, last night, in a matchup of last-place teams. Ryan Langerhans homered for the Mariners, who have won two straight following an eight-game skid. Seattle is 4-0 against Baltimore and 9-19 against everyone else. Lee (1-1) allowed eight hits, struck out two and walked none. After the lefthander gave up two consecutive singles in the eighth, Brandon League got Miguel Tejada to hit into a doubleplay.
July 25, 2009 |
Error made after perfect game It was 27 up and 27 down for Mark Buehrle on Thursday afternoon as he threw the 16th perfect game in baseball's modern era. No hits, no walks, no errors - well, until after the game at least. After catching Alexei Ramirez's throw from short to complete the perfect game, White Sox first baseman Josh Fields held on to the ball and was planning on giving it to the southpaw Buehrle. Instead, an official from MLB told him to give it to him and Fields obliged.
July 23, 2009 |
On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox fell out of first place in the American League East. Yesterday, they made some moves designed to help them regain the top spot - but not in time to prevent their fifth straight loss as Texas completed a three-game sweep. The Red Sox acquired slumping first baseman Adam LaRoche from the Pittsburgh Pirates for two midlevel prospects, and sent shortstop Julio Lugo and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Chris Duncan. "We've been in the market for a player who can do some damage against righthanded pitching and help our depth at the corner infield," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein of LaRoche, who is batting .109 since July 4. Lugo, who signed a $36 million, 4-year free-agent deal before the 2007 season, was designated for assignment Friday and is owed about $13 million through next season.