July 18, 2013
The Phillies' two All-Stars, Cliff Lee and Domonic Brown, both got into last night's game. Lee entered in the fifth inning with the National League trailing, 1-0. In one inning, he allowed a run on two hits, with no walks or strikeouts, throwing 13 of his 19 pitches for strikes. Brown replaced starter Carlos Gonzalez in leftfield. He was 0-for-1, with a strikeout, in the National League's 3-0 loss to the American League.
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - There will be no moment more special in Tuesday's 83d All-Star Game than when the door to the American League bullpen opens and baseball's greatest closer emerges. The New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera has earned that moment. "It would probably be the most beautiful thing in the world if we could somehow get a lead on the National League and play the ninth inning with the greatest closer of all time coming out of the bullpen," AL manager Jim Leyland said. "I assure you that would happen, but we need to get that lead first.
June 11, 2013
The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age By Robert Weintraub Little, Brown. 445 pp. $27.99 Reviewed By John P. Rossi The 1946 baseball season was a remarkable one. The star players were back after World War II, 11 of the 16 major league teams set attendance records, and Jackie Robinson was playing for the Montreal Royals of the International League as baseball took its first step toward ending segregation of...
May 29, 2013 |
FOR ATLANTA manager Fredi Gonzalez, there's a lot to like about filling out the lineup card in American League ballparks. Brian McCann hit two home runs, including a solo shot in the 10th inning that lifted the Braves over the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6, on Tuesday. Freddie Freeman had three hits in the cleanup spot, rookie catcher Evan Gattis homered in the fifth spot and McCann, who started at designated hitter, went deep twice batting in the sixth spot. "That's a pretty big three right there," Gonzalez said.
May 10, 2013 |
THE CLUB, by description and definition, is a small one. In a world of bulging biceps and shrunken ballparks, the slap-hitting speedsters who populated the 1970s and '80s era of spacious, artificial-turf stadiums are nearly extinct, the few remaining required to prove their worth on almost a nightly basis, their margin of error as slim as their hips. "There sure ain't that many of us left," Juan Pierre said the other day. "Me. Ben Revere. Michael Bourn maybe, but he's got some pop . . . " So does Denard Span, the Nationals centerfielder who had 38 doubles and four home runs for the Twins last season.
April 22, 2013
By Stephen F. Ross The new film 42 celebrates the heroic story of Jackie Robinson, who integrated baseball in 1947 and, many agree, set the stage for the more complete integration of society that followed. However, the movie belies a sad contemporary reality: If Jack Roosevelt Robinson were a teenager in North Philadelphia today, it is highly unlikely he would play professional baseball. Today, baseball's color line is not formally black or white, but green with a racial tint: The opportunities to be a big-league ballplayer divide between those whose families have the money to provide their kids access to elite traveling teams, and those who don't.
April 13, 2013 |
Joe Schooley stepped into the batter's box and into the biggest moment of his life. It was the bottom of the sixth inning. The game was tied, 6-6. The 1983 Little League state baseball championship was on the line. Talk about pressure for a 12-year-old. To make matters worse, Schooley had to wait. Playing for Cherry Hill American, Schooley watched as Morristown brought in a new pitcher to face him. The pitcher was uncomfortable with the mound, causing a five-minute delay that felt closer to 45 minutes for Schooley.
April 2, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Rick Ankiel and the Houston Astros made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers, 8-2, on Sunday night in the major league opener and giving Bo Porter a win in his first game as a manager. Ankiel launched a pinch-hit three-run shot for the first home run this season, Bud Norris pitched well for the win and Erik Bedard threw 31/3 scoreless innings for his first career save. Having switched from the National League to the AL in the offseason, the Astros earned their first opening-day victory since 2006 and the 4,000th regular-season win in franchise history.
April 1, 2013 |
Price could be pricey Justin Verlander set the market with his $200 million contract. So what does that mean for David Price, who edged him for the Cy Young last season? And a better question may be, what does it mean for his budget-conscious employer, the Tampa Bay Rays? Price, 27, will be a free agent after the 2015 season. If the Rays believe they can't afford a long-term extension, they may dangle him in the trade market this season to maximize their return. A midsummer bidding war for Price could turn the season upside down.