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October 7, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
CLEVELAND - Former Phillies and Red Sox manager Terry Francona is getting back with another of his baseball families - the team his father Tito played for. Francona has been named manager of the Cleveland Indians, a team that collapsed in the second half this season after a promising first four months. The 53-year-old will be introduced as the Tribe's 42d manager during a Monday news conference at Progressive Field. Cleveland chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as the club's interim manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was fired Sept.
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May 18, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies optioned lefthander Raul Valdes to Lehigh Valley and called up righthander B.J. Rosenberg from the IronPigs. Valdes may have sealed his fate when he allowed a three-run home run to Jason Kipnis in Wednesday's 10-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The 32-year-old Valdes had a 7.65 ERA in 10 appearances this season for the Phillies. Rosenberg was 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in seven starts for Lehigh Valley this season. Last season he split time with Reading, Lehigh Valley and the Phillies.
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February 12, 2013
Free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. Bourn, an all-star with Atlanta last season, must pass a physical later this week in Goodyear, Ariz., before the deal can be completed. The former Phillie batted .274 with nine homers, 57 RBIs and 42 steals last season for the Braves. Bourn, 30, would give an immediate boost to a Cleveland team that has reloaded under new manager Terry Francona.   Jeter jogs Derek Jeter ran Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle in October, another step toward being in the New York Yankees' lineup on opening day. Jeter, 38, jogged on a treadmill at the Yankees' minor-league complex a day before pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
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June 24, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
No matter how you feel about the Bronx Bombers, you have to get a kick out of the New York Yankees' Old-Timers Day, if only because it puts Hall of Famer Yogi Berra back on a ball field. It was good to see the 88-year-old Berra talking with 27-year-old Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria before the 67th annual game on Sunday, as a reminder that the game's history ain't ever going to be over. Hollywood hits. Kevin Costner, who starred in some of the best baseball movies that weren't The Natural , took batting practice with the Cleveland Indians - even though he's in town to make a football movie.
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May 17, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies setup man Mike Adams is listed as day-to-day with back spasms, but he hopes he doesn't have too many more days like Tuesday. Adams said he was hurt Sunday while shagging a fly ball in batting practice. On Tuesday, he tried to test his back by having a catch and did not have favorable results. "I feel better than I felt Tuesday," Adams said Wednesday afternoon after a 10-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Citizens Bank Park. "Yesterday I felt horrible. " He said he received an injection to try to loosen the muscle in an attempt to recover quicker.
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October 27, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
The Washington Nationals are planning to hire major-league veteran Matt Williams as their fifth manager since baseball returned to the nation's capital, according to multiple reports. The Nationals have not confirmed Williams as the replacement for the retired Davey Johnson because Major League Baseball prohibits teams from making major announcements during the World Series. A five-time all-star third baseman for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks, the 47-year-old Williams will be making his big-league managing debut after serving in coaching roles for the Diamondbacks for four years.
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June 29, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - There was no reason, Charlie Manuel said in spring training, for stashing Freddy Galvis at triple A. The Phillies manager is enamored of the 23-year-old infielder. He adores his baseball instincts, his energy for the game, and his willingness to learn. He wanted Galvis on his bench. That lasted for three months. The Phillies acquired 38-year-old veteran John McDonald in a minor trade Thursday with the Cleveland Indians. He will supplant Galvis, who was optioned to triple A after Thursday's game, when he joins the team on Friday.
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March 23, 2014
BASEBALL NONLEAGUE Archbishop Ryan 6, Central 4: A three-run double in the fifth inning by Matt Wilson pushed the Raiders past visiting Central. Wilson's bases-clearing knock gave Archbishop Ryan a 6-3 lead. Matt Rocchi picked up the win for the Raiders. Germantown Friends 4, Calvary Christian 3: Oliver Mitchell-Boyask threw a complete game and struck out the side in the seventh inning to ice the game for the visiting Tigers. The junior struck out six batters. Germantown Academy scored all four of its runs in the fourth inning.
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April 4, 2011 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
On second base in Melbourne, Fla. That was where baseball stopped being fun for Mike Taylor. Playing for a Florida Marlins minor-league team in 1995, the former Deptford High School standout hit a fastball to right-center field in his third at-bat. Standing on base, waiting for the next batter, he stared at the dugout, home plate, and the spot where his ball had dropped. Where was the rush he had felt as a kid playing at Deptford's Taylor Field, named for his uncle? At the Brevard County (Fla.)
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September 23, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Many questioned his judgment, Terry Francona said. After one year off following a successful eight-year run as manager in Boston that included two World Series titles, Francona took over as manager of the Cleveland Indians this season. The job appeared almost as bleak as when he earned his first managerial position with the Phillies in 1997. "A lot of people were saying, 'What are you doing?' " Francona said Tuesday before his Indians won a crucial 5-3 game against the host Kansas City Royals in a playoff-like atmosphere for two teams contending for a wild-card berth.
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June 13, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - This past year has gone quickly for righthander Aaron Nola, as quickly as he has risen through the Phillies' minor-league ranks. A little more than a year ago, Nola was the Phillies' first-round draft choice, seventh overall from LSU. Now Nola, who turned 22 on June 4, may soon be on the move again. All that is known for sure is that he will pitch Saturday for double-A Reading against the visiting Akron RubberDucks, the affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. "This last year has gone by really quick," Nola said.
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July 4, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
For those scoring at home, the Cleveland Indians pulled off the rarest triple play in baseball history late Tuesday night, 7-2-4, assisted by two instant-replay reviews. In the bottom of the fourth inning of the Indians' 10-4 rout of the Dodgers, Los Angeles had runners on first and third when Adrian Gonzalez slashed a liner to left field. The Indians' Michael Brantley raced in to make the catch, took two strides, and fired home to nail Dee Gordon tagging up from third. As catcher Yan Gomes showed plate umpire Adrian Johnson the ball, the Dodgers' always-aggressive Yasiel Puig took off for second.
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June 26, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WITH A SHORT supply of outfield production at the big-league level and a dearth of outfield depth in the minor leagues, the Phillies took a flyer yesterday on a former three-time All-Star. The Phillies signed Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal. He'll report to Triple A Lehigh Valley tomorrow. "I'd like to have more production in the outfield," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "It's pretty simple. If we think [he can provide it] after watching him play in Lehigh Valley, then we'll bring him. " Sizemore, who turns 32 in August, made three straight American League All-Star teams from 2006-08 while with the Cleveland Indians.
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May 25, 2014 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a sadly familiar occurrence at Atlanta's Turner Field on Friday night when Braves third baseman Chris Johnson decided to make his feelings known to all and sundry after a second-inning strikeout against Colorado righthander Jordan Lyles. We've all seen it: A grown man reminding us that he plays a children's game for a living by throwing a tantrum that would embarrass your average 2-year-old, let alone a Little Leaguer, destroying whatever equipment or beverage container is within reach - because, hey, it's just not fair . In Johnson's case, his bat took the brunt of his ire - he went down the tunnel and shattered the maple implement of his discontent.
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April 29, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
PHOENIX - Although the slick-fielding infielder was hitless in his last 17 at-bats, Ryne Sandberg inserted Freddy Galvis into his starting lineup against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. He wanted strong defense behind Cliff Lee and he obviously wanted to give Galvis a chance to get going offensively. Galvis went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He's hitless in his last 22 at-bats and hitting .033 (1-30) since returning from the disabled list more than 2 weeks ago. "He's struggling," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said of Galvis, who was out of yesterday's starting lineup.
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March 29, 2014 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a 12-year deal worth up to a record $352 million, CBSSports.com reported Thursday. The deal is said to be for $248 million guaranteed over eight years, making it a record $292 million, 10-year commitment including the two years he had to go on his previous deal, according to the report. There are also $30 million vesting options based on achievements and awards for years 11 and 12, which, if reached, would earn the slugger $352 million.
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March 23, 2014
BASEBALL NONLEAGUE Archbishop Ryan 6, Central 4: A three-run double in the fifth inning by Matt Wilson pushed the Raiders past visiting Central. Wilson's bases-clearing knock gave Archbishop Ryan a 6-3 lead. Matt Rocchi picked up the win for the Raiders. Germantown Friends 4, Calvary Christian 3: Oliver Mitchell-Boyask threw a complete game and struck out the side in the seventh inning to ice the game for the visiting Tigers. The junior struck out six batters. Germantown Academy scored all four of its runs in the fourth inning.
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March 19, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Nearly every other pitcher around him came into camp with something to prove. Cole Hamels needed to get healthy before the season, free-agent-to-be Kyle Kendrick had to find consistency that alluded him in 2013, and free-agent additions A.J. Burnett, Roberto Hernandez and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had to make positive first impressions with their new team. Cliff Lee, meanwhile, has gone about his work quietly, as if he doesn't have a care in the world. His remarkable consistency has made him quite possibly the last person on the 40-man roster Ryne Sandberg has to concern himself with this spring.
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March 17, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Cliff Lee is about to begin his 13th season in the major leagues. He has won the Cy Young Award, has pitched in the World Series twice, and has won 17 games or more three times. But he has made just one start on an opening day. It did not go well. On April 6, 2009, Lee lasted just five innings for the Cleveland Indians in a 9-1 loss to the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, giving up seven earned runs and 10 hits. Five years later, he's likely to get another shot in the same situation against the same team in the same ballpark.
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March 4, 2014
Reliever Guillermo Mota has announced he is retiring after 14 seasons in the major leagues. Mota was a non-roster invitee to the Kansas City Royals camp and did not pitch last season. The 40-year-old righthander made 743 career relief appearances with a 3.94 ERA for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. He was part of San Francisco's World Series championship teams in 2010 and 2012.
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