July 4, 2014 |
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.
June 26, 2014 |
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.
May 25, 2014 |
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.
April 29, 2014 |
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.
March 29, 2014 |
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.
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.
March 19, 2014 |
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.
March 17, 2014 |
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.
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.
March 1, 2014 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The link between the two men goes back to 2009, when the Phillies pursued each one at the trade deadline in an effort to win a second straight World Series. Toronto, in the eyes of general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., wanted too much for Roy Halladay at that time. Cliff Lee, as it turned out, became quite the consolation prize in a lopsided deal with the Cleveland Indians. Lee became an instant Philadelphia icon with a dominant postseason, and then in the next instant was gone, traded to Seattle the same day Amaro pulled the trigger on the deal for Halladay.