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March 30, 2013 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Friday was a day of big deals in Major League Baseball. The big one was the seven-year, $180 million contract for Tigers righthander Justin Verlander. The pact broke the record for pitchers set earlier this offseason when Seattle's Felix Hernandez agreed to a $175 million, seven-year contract. Verlander's contract was set to expire after next season. Now it lasts through at least 2019. "I wondered what it would be like to test free agency, but the pull of Detroit was too much," the Tigers' ace said Friday.
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February 20, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
As expected, baseball pitched a shutout in salary arbitration for the first time since it all started back in sepia-toned 1974. None of the 133 players who filed wound up arguing their cases - but they got some nifty rewards for taking part, gaining an average increase of 119 percent, according to an Associated Press study. Topping the leader board: San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, NL batting champion and MVP, with a 13-fold hike to $8 million. The only player who didn't get a raise?
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November 17, 2012 | By Ronald Blum, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Miguel Cabrera has a Most Valuable Player award to go with his Triple Crown, and Buster Posey has an MVP prize to put alongside his second World Series ring as both men won baseball's top individual honors Thursday by large margins. Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, received 22 of 28 first-place votes and 362 points in AL MVP balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The Detroit third baseman easily beat Angels rookie centerfielder and Millville product Mike Trout, who had six firsts and 281 points.
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May 30, 2011
Posey officially done for season Giants catcher Buster Posey is out for the season after having surgery Sunday to repair torn ligaments in his left ankle. Posey was hurt in a violent collision at home plate with Florida's Scott Cousins on Wednesday night. Head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said the 2010 NL rookie of the year had two screws inserted into his lower left leg, which was broken in the play.   He's No. 2 Later this month, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will become the second to manage 5,000 games.
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July 8, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
From Inquirer 2009 South Jersey player of the year to starting in the All-Star Game in 2013. Not bad. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named an AL starter in the final fan vote announced Saturday, his second straight all-star appearance. The Millville Meteor received 6,771,745 votes, second among AL outfielders to the Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones. Another Oriole, slugger Chris Davis got the most votes overall, with 8,272,243. With 33 dingers, Davis is tied for seventh-most homers before the all-star break and still has more than a week to play before the break.
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May 27, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
A final loss in a three-game sweep at the hands of the visiting Florida Marlins was the least of the San Francisco Giants' concerns yesterday. Before a 1-0 loss, the Giants announced that star catcher Buster Posey had been placed on the disabled list with a fractured bone in his lower left left suffered when Scott Cousins crashed into him at home in the 12th inning of the Marlins' 7-6 win on Wednesday night. Posey likely is done for the season. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the team was still in shock.
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June 4, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Florida Marlins rookie Scott Cousins has been receiving death threats despite repeatedly apologizing for a collision with San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey. The collision at home plate on May 25 left Posey with a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle. He's had surgery and is done for the season. Giants general manager Brian Sabean criticized Cousins on his weekly radio show on KNBR this week, calling the play malicious and unnecessary. Sabean also said "if I never hear from Cousins again, or he doesn't play another day in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy.
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January 19, 2013
The heavy-hitting Milwaukee Brewers offense is going to be missing a big bat when the season begins. First baseman Corey Hart will miss the next three to four months with an injured right knee that requires surgery, the team announced Friday. Hart's knee started to swell up during offseason workouts, and an MRI revealed a torn meniscus and other damage to the joint that will be surgically repaired Tuesday. It's difficult timing for the two-time all-star, who is entering the final year of his contract.
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July 26, 2011 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
Tonight marks the first time the Phillies have seen the Giants since San Francisco won last year's National League Championship Series in six games. Here's a quick primer on the defending champs: Their starting pitching has been excellent and the bullpen has been terrific. Closer Brian Wilson is still a nut and is still damn effective. Setup man Sergio Romo (3-1, 1.85) has allowed only one hit in his last 9 1/3 innings (12 appearances). Star catcher Buster Posey, a huge catalyst last season, has been out since May 25 when he sustained multiple leg and ankle injuries in a homeplate collision with Florida's Scott Cousins.
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March 10, 2012 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry Wendelstedt, a legendary major-league umpire from 1966 to 1998 who worked five World Series, seven NL championship series and four All-Star Games, and was behind the plate for five no-hitters, died Friday, in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 73. Wendelstedt's most memorable call came on May 31, 1968, at Dodger Stadium. Don Drysdale, trying for his fifth straight shutout, hit San Francisco's Dick Dietz on the elbow with the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth. Wendelstedt, behind the plate, immediately ruled Dietz didn't try to get out of the way and told him to get back in the box. After the inevitable brouhaha over the call, Drysdale got Dietz on a flyout, escaped the jam, and got his shutout.
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October 22, 2014 | By Shamus Clancy, Daily News Staff Writer
The perennial bottom-feeding Kansas City Royals have run the table through the playoffs thus far in their first postseason appearance since 1985. They start the World Series tonight at home against the San Francisco Giants, who are on a quest to win their third World Series in 5 years and become the defining team of the decade. Take a look at how the teams match up in terms of hitting, pitching, fielding, running and managing: HITTING Royals: Timely hitting and small ball have fueled KC's underdog run to the American League pennant, but the Royals ranged from mediocre to poor offensively in the regular season (23rd in OPS+, which adjusts for ballpark differences)
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July 24, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adversity manifested Tuesday night for Ken Giles when his glove dulled a chopper into a slow roller, one that dribbled toward Chase Utley at second base. It hopped the lip of the outfield grass, skipped past Utley, and permitted a Giants run to score. Giles, the 23-year-old Phillies rookie reliever, confronted the heart of the San Francisco lineup in the seventh inning of a tight game at Citizens Bank Park. These final 63 games are for discovering how players like Giles, integral for the future, respond to tests.
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July 22, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee, a longtime fixture on the trade-rumor list, didn't enhance his value while making his first start in more than two months. Lee, who had been on the disabled list with a left-elbow strain, made his first start since May 18 and showed plenty of rust in front of the many scouts at the game. The lefthander allowed six runs on 12 hits in 52/3 innings during Monday's 7-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. "I felt good physically, I just wasn't able to locate," said Lee, who will make one more start before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
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February 27, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lou Marson replayed the brutal crash again and again Tuesday morning for his Phillies teammates to evaluate. Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings galloped toward Marson, then a Cleveland Indians catcher. Marson snared the throw from third base a second before Jennings planted his left forearm into Marson's mask. "Marson is knocked for a loop, but he hangs on!" the broadcaster yelled. "Oh man. You want to talk about a block of concrete at home plate!" Marson polled the group for a verdict.
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February 21, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Ryne Sandberg shared a dugout with Pete Rose when he made his major league debut 3 decades ago. Like Rose, Sandberg valued playing the game hard. When Rose ran over a catcher to score a run for the Phillies, Sandberg and anyone else in the dugout obviously would be thrilled, not only to see their team score a run but also because they respected a good, hard baseball play. Major League Baseball reportedly is set to ban home-plate collisions, something first discussed as a serious possibility at the winter meetings in December.
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July 8, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
From Inquirer 2009 South Jersey player of the year to starting in the All-Star Game in 2013. Not bad. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named an AL starter in the final fan vote announced Saturday, his second straight all-star appearance. The Millville Meteor received 6,771,745 votes, second among AL outfielders to the Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones. Another Oriole, slugger Chris Davis got the most votes overall, with 8,272,243. With 33 dingers, Davis is tied for seventh-most homers before the all-star break and still has more than a week to play before the break.
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March 30, 2013 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Friday was a day of big deals in Major League Baseball. The big one was the seven-year, $180 million contract for Tigers righthander Justin Verlander. The pact broke the record for pitchers set earlier this offseason when Seattle's Felix Hernandez agreed to a $175 million, seven-year contract. Verlander's contract was set to expire after next season. Now it lasts through at least 2019. "I wondered what it would be like to test free agency, but the pull of Detroit was too much," the Tigers' ace said Friday.
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February 20, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
As expected, baseball pitched a shutout in salary arbitration for the first time since it all started back in sepia-toned 1974. None of the 133 players who filed wound up arguing their cases - but they got some nifty rewards for taking part, gaining an average increase of 119 percent, according to an Associated Press study. Topping the leader board: San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, NL batting champion and MVP, with a 13-fold hike to $8 million. The only player who didn't get a raise?
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January 19, 2013
The heavy-hitting Milwaukee Brewers offense is going to be missing a big bat when the season begins. First baseman Corey Hart will miss the next three to four months with an injured right knee that requires surgery, the team announced Friday. Hart's knee started to swell up during offseason workouts, and an MRI revealed a torn meniscus and other damage to the joint that will be surgically repaired Tuesday. It's difficult timing for the two-time all-star, who is entering the final year of his contract.
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November 17, 2012 | By Ronald Blum, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Miguel Cabrera has a Most Valuable Player award to go with his Triple Crown, and Buster Posey has an MVP prize to put alongside his second World Series ring as both men won baseball's top individual honors Thursday by large margins. Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, received 22 of 28 first-place votes and 362 points in AL MVP balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The Detroit third baseman easily beat Angels rookie centerfielder and Millville product Mike Trout, who had six firsts and 281 points.
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