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October 17, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Craig Counsell is considered a role player, a guy who gets more than most out of his natural ability. In the postseason, Counsell's role has been to come up big for the Arizona Diamondbacks. That was the scenario again yesterday, when the gritty second baseman delivered two hits and scored both the Diamondbacks runs during a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. "I'd like to say he's our secret weapon, but he's not much of a secret anymore," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said.
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January 18, 2012 | Associated Press
Detroit Tigers star Victor Martinez could miss the entire 2012 season after injuring his left knee during offseason conditioning. The Tigers said Tuesday the 33-year-old Martinez tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last week. An MRI exam on Monday in Lakeland, Fla., revealed the injury. The slugging designated hitter will be evaluated again next week, but the team fully expects Martinez to need surgery. In other injury developments, Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist and could miss opening day.   Counsell retires With no interest in his services this offseason, Craig Counsell, 41, decided to retire and will take a job with the Milwaukee Brewers' front office.
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August 21, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Jose Bautista is drawing free passes faster than any player since home run king Barry Bonds . The current Sultan of Walks just isn't getting enough steady production behind him. Baseball's leader in nearly every offensive category had better expect more of the same. What a waste: Bautista walked three times to set a Blue Jays season record but was stranded each time in Toronto's 2-0 loss to Oakland on Friday night. "I take pride in going up to the plate trying to hit balls hard, but at the same time I'm trying to swing at strikes, not balls," Bautista said after running his walks total to a major-league- leading 102. "A lot of guys are going to try to come after me no matter what, but there are times when I know when they're trying to walk me. I don't think that was the case today.
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August 4, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
C.J. Nitkowski pressed a hand against his forehead and cursed, visibly shaken by the video replay as he watched it over and over. The screen in the clubhouse showed Nitkowski hitting Craig Counsell on the right jaw with a fastball in the eighth inning of the Florida Marlins' 11-3 victory over the visiting Houston Astros. It was the third consecutive batter Nitkowski had hit in a steady rain last night, but the Houston lefthander declined to use the weather as an excuse. "I was trying to bust him in," Nitkowski said.
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October 3, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It read 1-2-3 in the score book, but Corey Hart's first-inning double-play ground ball delivered such a knockout blow to the Milwaukee Brewers last night that it should have gone all the way to 10. "That was huge," Craig Counsell said in the near-silence of the Brewers' locker room after a 5-2 loss to the Phillies left them in a two-games-to-none hole in this best-of-five National League division series. The first inning, when Phils starter Brett Myers' adrenaline was pumping like a fresh gusher, looked as if it was going to be one of those rare times when the Brewers, who are reliant on the home run, put together a big inning without one. With one out, Ray Durham walked on four pitches.
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October 23, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They are a young team that's old. In only their fourth season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have landed in the World Series, earning that trip Sunday night by erasing the Atlanta Braves from the National League Championship Series in five games. Such a quick ascent for an expansion team would have been impossible before free agency. But this is the team that owner Jerry Colangelo bought and general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. built. This is a team that doesn't have a regular position player under the age of 30. It is a team that opened the season with an $81 million payroll, the eighth highest in baseball and almost twice as much as the Phillies spent on their opening-day roster.
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September 10, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The last time the Milwaukee Brewers presented a potential roadblock to the Phillies' World Series title hopes, they offered little resistance. That, of course, was the magical 2008 season, which ended when Brad Lidge struck out Tampa Bay's Eric Hinske before going to his knees and looking to the sky as a championship-starved city exploded in celebration. Here we are, three years later, and the Brewers again could serve as an obstacle in the Phillies' World Series pursuit.
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July 11, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke stayed away from hobbled slugger Ryan Braun yesterday. He was worried the All-Star outfielder would aggravate an injury, so he decided against using him as a pinch-hitter. As it turns out, the rest of the Brewers' bench did just fine. Pinch-hitter Nyjer Morgan started a ninth-inning rally off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero (3-3) with a single and stolen base. Fellow pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay tied it with an RBI single. And yet another pinch-hitter, Craig Counsell, delivered a sacrifice fly to lift the Brewers to a 4-3 victory.
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October 26, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By now, the Arizona Diamondbacks probably feel as though they are a team of destiny. They won the division in which Barry Bonds hit 35 of his record-setting 73 home runs. They survived a five-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that went 36-14 in its final 50 regular-season games. They quickly disposed of the Atlanta Braves, a team that has played in nine of the last 10 National League Championship Series and five of the last 10 World Series. In Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, they have the best one-two combination since Joe Frazier decked Muhammad Ali. Yes, these D'backs have every reason to believe they are a team of destiny.
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July 11, 2011 | Associated Press
MILWAUKEE - Brewers manager Ron Roenicke stayed away from hobbled slugger Ryan Braun on Sunday. He was worried the all-star outfielder would aggravate an injury, so he decided against using him as a pinch-hitter. As it turns out, the rest of the Brewers bench did just fine. Pinch-hitter Nyjer Morgan started a ninth-inning rally off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero with a single and stolen base. Fellow pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay tied it with an RBI single - and yet another pinch-hitter, Craig Counsell, delivered a sacrifice fly to lift the Brewers to a 4-3 victory.
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January 18, 2012 | Associated Press
Detroit Tigers star Victor Martinez could miss the entire 2012 season after injuring his left knee during offseason conditioning. The Tigers said Tuesday the 33-year-old Martinez tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last week. An MRI exam on Monday in Lakeland, Fla., revealed the injury. The slugging designated hitter will be evaluated again next week, but the team fully expects Martinez to need surgery. In other injury developments, Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist and could miss opening day.   Counsell retires With no interest in his services this offseason, Craig Counsell, 41, decided to retire and will take a job with the Milwaukee Brewers' front office.
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September 10, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The last time the Milwaukee Brewers presented a potential roadblock to the Phillies' World Series title hopes, they offered little resistance. That, of course, was the magical 2008 season, which ended when Brad Lidge struck out Tampa Bay's Eric Hinske before going to his knees and looking to the sky as a championship-starved city exploded in celebration. Here we are, three years later, and the Brewers again could serve as an obstacle in the Phillies' World Series pursuit.
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August 21, 2011 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Jose Bautista is drawing free passes faster than any player since home run king Barry Bonds . The current Sultan of Walks just isn't getting enough steady production behind him. Baseball's leader in nearly every offensive category had better expect more of the same. What a waste: Bautista walked three times to set a Blue Jays season record but was stranded each time in Toronto's 2-0 loss to Oakland on Friday night. "I take pride in going up to the plate trying to hit balls hard, but at the same time I'm trying to swing at strikes, not balls," Bautista said after running his walks total to a major-league- leading 102. "A lot of guys are going to try to come after me no matter what, but there are times when I know when they're trying to walk me. I don't think that was the case today.
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July 11, 2011 | Associated Press
MILWAUKEE - Brewers manager Ron Roenicke stayed away from hobbled slugger Ryan Braun on Sunday. He was worried the all-star outfielder would aggravate an injury, so he decided against using him as a pinch-hitter. As it turns out, the rest of the Brewers bench did just fine. Pinch-hitter Nyjer Morgan started a ninth-inning rally off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero with a single and stolen base. Fellow pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay tied it with an RBI single - and yet another pinch-hitter, Craig Counsell, delivered a sacrifice fly to lift the Brewers to a 4-3 victory.
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July 11, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke stayed away from hobbled slugger Ryan Braun yesterday. He was worried the All-Star outfielder would aggravate an injury, so he decided against using him as a pinch-hitter. As it turns out, the rest of the Brewers' bench did just fine. Pinch-hitter Nyjer Morgan started a ninth-inning rally off Cincinnati closer Francisco Cordero (3-3) with a single and stolen base. Fellow pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay tied it with an RBI single. And yet another pinch-hitter, Craig Counsell, delivered a sacrifice fly to lift the Brewers to a 4-3 victory.
SPORTS
October 3, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It read 1-2-3 in the score book, but Corey Hart's first-inning double-play ground ball delivered such a knockout blow to the Milwaukee Brewers last night that it should have gone all the way to 10. "That was huge," Craig Counsell said in the near-silence of the Brewers' locker room after a 5-2 loss to the Phillies left them in a two-games-to-none hole in this best-of-five National League division series. The first inning, when Phils starter Brett Myers' adrenaline was pumping like a fresh gusher, looked as if it was going to be one of those rare times when the Brewers, who are reliant on the home run, put together a big inning without one. With one out, Ray Durham walked on four pitches.
SPORTS
October 26, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
By now, the Arizona Diamondbacks probably feel as though they are a team of destiny. They won the division in which Barry Bonds hit 35 of his record-setting 73 home runs. They survived a five-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that went 36-14 in its final 50 regular-season games. They quickly disposed of the Atlanta Braves, a team that has played in nine of the last 10 National League Championship Series and five of the last 10 World Series. In Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, they have the best one-two combination since Joe Frazier decked Muhammad Ali. Yes, these D'backs have every reason to believe they are a team of destiny.
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October 23, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They are a young team that's old. In only their fourth season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have landed in the World Series, earning that trip Sunday night by erasing the Atlanta Braves from the National League Championship Series in five games. Such a quick ascent for an expansion team would have been impossible before free agency. But this is the team that owner Jerry Colangelo bought and general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. built. This is a team that doesn't have a regular position player under the age of 30. It is a team that opened the season with an $81 million payroll, the eighth highest in baseball and almost twice as much as the Phillies spent on their opening-day roster.
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October 17, 2001 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Craig Counsell is considered a role player, a guy who gets more than most out of his natural ability. In the postseason, Counsell's role has been to come up big for the Arizona Diamondbacks. That was the scenario again yesterday, when the gritty second baseman delivered two hits and scored both the Diamondbacks runs during a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. "I'd like to say he's our secret weapon, but he's not much of a secret anymore," Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly said.
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August 4, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
C.J. Nitkowski pressed a hand against his forehead and cursed, visibly shaken by the video replay as he watched it over and over. The screen in the clubhouse showed Nitkowski hitting Craig Counsell on the right jaw with a fastball in the eighth inning of the Florida Marlins' 11-3 victory over the visiting Houston Astros. It was the third consecutive batter Nitkowski had hit in a steady rain last night, but the Houston lefthander declined to use the weather as an excuse. "I was trying to bust him in," Nitkowski said.
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