November 1, 2015 |
NEW YORK — David Wright rounded first base, watched Curtis Granderson slide safely into second base, and clapped his hands. The New York Mets captain, who had battled injuries and endured eight consecutive seasons without a postseason appearance, had just broken open Game 3 of the World Series. Wright saved his signature playoff performance, a four-RBI game, for Friday night's record crowd at Citi Field, where the Mets kept their championship hopes alive with a 9-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.
October 20, 2015 |
NEW YORK - The list of pitchers Daniel Murphy has tagged for home runs this postseason is similar to the National League Cy Young ballots submitted two weeks ago. Murphy, hero of these playoffs for the New York Mets, enhanced his resumé once again on a cold Sunday night with a homer off the mighty Jake Arrieta. The long ball, a two-run shot, set the tone early at Citi Field, where the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs, 4-1, to take a two-games-to-none lead in the National League Championship Series.
August 29, 2015 |
Daniel Murphy sliced a double down the left-field line, and Carlos Torres and Curtis Granderson crossed home plate in the top of the 13th inning. The New York Mets piled on two more runs, and a half-inning later the Phillies' ninth consecutive loss to their division rivals was in the books. The 9-5 final at Citizens Bank Park marked the Mets' first four-game sweep of the Phillies in Philadelphia since September 2002. In the end, the Mets maintained their 61/2 game lead atop the National League East standings over the Washington Nationals.
August 28, 2015 |
BEFORE LAST night's game with the Mets, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was asked what he anticipated from his newly acquired starting pitcher, Jerad Eickhoff, making only his second major league start after coming over in the Cole Hamels trade. "I'd like to see the same thing he did in Miami," said the manager. "Pound the strike zone, use all his pitches, throw all his pitches for strikes, keep the ball down. Today we're going to find out if he can repeat that. "Everybody has bad starts.
April 15, 2015
NEW YORK - For the second time in three games, Ben Revere, leftfielder, made himself known. The converted centerfielder made an incredible diving catch Monday on a Curtis Granderson line drive slicing toward the left-field corner. In a span of just three days, Revere is responsible for the Phillies' two best defensive plays of the first week of their season. For whatever reason, he appears to be reading balls off the bat more efficiently in left field than he did in the position he played on a regular basis for the Phillies in the previous two years.
April 14, 2014 |
The St. Louis Cardinals have given general manager John Mozeliak a two-year contract extension that runs through 2018. We're not surprised that the 45-year-old executive - who in six seasons has two NL pennants and a World Series win, in 2011 - got a measly two-year extension. After all, this is the "Show-Me" state, or better put, "What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately" state. And 2011 was three years ago. Mozeliak is on board with that philosophy. "I think what we've been able to accomplish here is something we all take a lot of pride in," he said.
December 8, 2013
The Seattle Mariners say they cannot confirm any details of a potential deal with free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano. The team said Friday morning it will announce if an agreement is "completed and finalized" with the Yankees star. The statement came in response to an ESPN report Friday morning that Cano and the Mariners had reached agreement on a $240 million, 10-year contract pending a physical. Cano's reported deal would be one of the largest in baseball history and a coup for a franchise that has gone a dozen years since making the postseason.
May 30, 2013
It looks as if help is finally coming to the Bronx. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Kevin Youkilis could be coming off the disabled list in time for Friday's game vs. the Red Sox. "That's the plan," general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. "In Tex's case, he really needed a spring training because he didn't have one. With Kevin, it was more like knocking the rust off. It'll be good to have them back healthy and at the big-league level, where they belong.
February 25, 2013 |
CURTIS GRANDERSON jogged to first base after being hit on his right forearm as if it was a minor annoyance. Back at the ballpark in a brace a couple of hours later, it was clear the New York Yankees had a pretty big power problem on their hands. In his first at-bat of spring training, the slugger broke his arm when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, and is expected to be out until early May. "Grandy is not a bat you say is easy to replace, but we're going to have to find a way," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
October 5, 2012 |
MIGUEL CABRERA received a standing ovation after flying out and striking out in his only two at-bats Wednesday night, and leaving the Tigers' game against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning with the Triple Crown in sight. Cabrera high-fived his teammates as he entered the Detroit dugout, then walked back to the top step and waved his helmet as a crowd of mostly Royals fans gave him a standing ovation. Cabrera, whose Tigers won, 1-0, finished the season with a .330 average, 44 homers and 139 RBI, wrapping up baseball's first Triple Crown since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.