September 6, 2011 |
With the injuries to the Atlanta Braves staff, righthander Derek Lowe should become even more vital in the postseason. That has to give Braves fans cause for concern after his performance in Monday's 9-0 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It wasn't just Monday's showing but a seasonlong bout of inconsistency that makes Lowe a major question mark. Known for his ability to be an innings-eater, Lowe allowed seven runs (five earned) in five innings, walking four and striking out four in the opening of a three-game series.
April 30, 2011
Atlanta's McDowell placed on administrative leave We think Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell , a noted prankster, is not laughing now. The club placed him on administrative leave Friday while it investigates allegations that he was crude and brutish toward fans last Saturday in San Francisco. Specifically, he made homophobic comments toward three men during batting practice and made graphic gestures with a bat. When another fan, Justin Quinn , complained that his 9-year-old girls were in the stands, McDowell, bat in hand, walked up to Quinn and barked: "How much are your teeth worth?"
April 1, 2011 |
It wasn't the kind of debut Jayson Werth expected. His Washington Nationals opened their season by getting shut out by 37-year-old Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, with soon-to-be-39-year-old Chipper Jones scoring the deciding run in front of a non-sellout Nationals Park crowd. Werth, batting second, singled in his first at-bat, struck out in the third inning, and grounded out to shortstop in the sixth and eighth innings to finish 1-for-4. The spotlight yesterday was expected to be on the former Phillie, who signed a 7-year, $126 million contract to play in Washington.
September 24, 2010
With ace Tim Hudson and veteran Derek Lowe going in the first two games, the pitching matchups heavily favor the Braves. Atlanta is hoping the small meniscus tear in Jair Jurrjens' right knee holds up Sunday after he was scratched from Monday's start in Philadelphia. The Rockies are 51-24 at home and put themselves in a must-win-two-out-of-three situation with a poor showing against last-place Arizona. Ace Ubaldo Jimenez lost to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday and will not pitch against the Giants, who will send Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain to the mound in Colorado.
March 26, 2010 |
Going into his 11th major-league season, Vicente Padilla has earned an accolade he's never experienced - being the Opening Day starter. Padilla will get the nod for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their opener April 5 at Pittsburgh, 5 months after a gunshot wound to his leg nearly ended his career. Manager Joe Torre said yesterday that Padilla's performance in the playoffs last season helped land him the spot. "I'm very happy he had the confidence for me to pitch the first game," Padilla said through a translator.
August 30, 2009 |
It had become difficult to imagine Cliff Lee actually losing a game for the Phillies. Since he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his team debut, Lee has looked virtually invincible. But baseball always humbles those players who appear temporarily above failure. Last night was Lee's turn to look human, as the lefthander lost his first game after five wins for the Phils, 9-1 to Atlanta, in a contest delayed twice by rain and called in the middle of the eighth. In five innings, Lee allowed six runs and three homers - the most home runs he had surrendered in a game in more than two years.
July 27, 2009 |
Casey Kotchman hit a three-run homer and centerfielder Nate McLouth made a pair of great catches in the sixth inning when starter Derek Lowe began to tire, lifting the visiting Atlanta Braves to a 10-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday. "It was a good series," said McLouth, a Gold Glove winner with the Pirates last season. "All these games are big the rest of the season, but when there are teams that are right there in the wild card [race] with us and you have a chance to move ahead of a team or separate from teams, it makes them that much more important.
January 16, 2009 |
Andruw Jones, a $36.2 million bust with the Los Angeles Dodgers, was released by the team yesterday. Heralded as the answer to the Dodgers' power void when he signed his 2-year contract in December 2007, Jones was injured part of last season and was mostly ineffective otherwise, hitting only .158 with three home runs and 14 RBI in 75 games. The 31-year-old centerfielder, a 10-time Gold Glove winner, reported to spring training overweight, had knee surgery in May and finished the year on the bench.
January 15, 2009
Excerpt from a post by David Murphy on the Daily News Phillies blog, High Cheese, at go.philly.com/highcheese: THE PHILLIES got a taste of Derek Lowe in the playoffs last season. Now, they will get to see plenty more of him this season as the Atlanta Braves finalized a 4-year, $60 million agreement with the veteran righthander. It is now apparent why the Phillies never seemed to be serious players for Lowe, despite their interest in bringing the sinker-baller to the friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park.
January 14, 2009 |
The Atlanta Braves reached a preliminary agreement yesterday on a $60 million, 4-year contract with righthander Derek Lowe, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The deal is subject to Lowe passing a physical, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been completed. Atlanta also finalized a 3-year contract with Japanese all-star pitcher Kenshin Kawakami. A 14-game winner for the Dodgers in 2008, Lowe visited the Braves last week after longtime Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz agreed to a $5.5 million, 1-year deal with the Boston Red Sox. Lowe, who also was sought by the rival New York Mets, would be a huge addition to a rotation devastated by injuries in 2008.