May 27, 2016 |
DETROIT - The baseball rocketed toward the right-field stands and Odubel Herrera launched his bat into the air. Two days after being benched for not running out a grounder, Herrera added a touch of style Wednesday afternoon to his three-run homer in the fourth inning of an 8-5 win over the Detroit Tigers. Herrera paused to watch his 427-foot blast, tossed his bat emphatically into the air, and took two hops before running to first at Comerica Park. It was Herrera's fifth home run of the season and it added some needed insurance for Aaron Nola.
May 23, 2016 |
Nostalgia is history's makeup. Apply it liberally to the old and unsightly, and, from a distance at least, you can't spot the warts. What it also does, of course, is obscure the truth. "Nostalgia," said the late diplomat George Ball, "is a seductive liar. " Fans of sports, and in particular baseball, seem more susceptible to this wistful whitewashing than most. For so many, the ballparks, players, and artifacts of the past, no matter their flaws, have acquired a permanent, sepia-toned perfection.
June 1, 2015
Luis Garcia arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Friday sporting a 3.18 ERA. When he left Saturday evening, it was 4.50. The Phillies have not received consistency from the bullpen, a position group viewed as their strength entering the season. Garcia's weekend struggles are just the latest example. Over the team's six-game losing streak, the bullpen allowed multiple runs five times. "Out of the bullpen we're just looking for consistency," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said after Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, "and that's basically what's lacked.
April 4, 2015
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his major- league career. The Tigers said Thursday the 32-year-old righthander won't be on the active roster for the opener Monday against Minnesota because of tightness in his right triceps. He was scratched from his Thursday start and no timetable has been announced for when he will pitch again. "I don't think this is going to be a long-term issue," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "After throwing yesterday, he said he felt as good or better today.
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 17, 2014
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias could miss most or all of the 2014 season because of shin injuries, ESPN reported Saturday. "I am not in a position to discuss his situation," Detroit general manager David Dombrowski told ESPN. The Tigers acquired Iglesias from the Boston Red Sox in a three-team trade in July, and he hit .259 in 46 games. The defensive whiz was to be joined this season by former Rangers' second baseman Ian Kinsler and rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos. The Tigers do not have another everyday shortstop and could turn to free agent Stephen Drew, who hit .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs in 124 games with Boston last season.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Lidge spends his retirement broadcasting a baseball radio show from his Colorado home and studying for his master's degree in Roman archaeology at the University of Leicester in England. For eight days, he will serve as a tutor to the many young relief arms in Phillies camp. "One of the biggest things I can help guys out with is talking about game plans," Lidge said. "When you're coming up, it can be a lot different than a guy who's already there and knows what he's doing.
March 6, 2014 |
Ian Kinsler, who was traded from Texas to the Detroit Tigers in the offseason, said Tuesday some critical statements attributed to him in an ESPN The Magazine story were taken out of context. In the story, Detroit's new second baseman blamed Rangers GM Jon Daniels for the departure of Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan. "Daniels is a sleazeball," Kinsler was quoted as saying. "He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out. He thought all the things he should get credit for, Ryan got credit for. " Kinsler was also quoted as saying he hopes the Rangers lose every game: "To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162.
January 19, 2014
American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for $15,525,000, avoiding arbitration with free agency less than a year away. Scherzer could have an even bigger payday coming soon - one way or another. He is eligible to go on the market after the season, although the Tigers would love to avoid that by signing him to a long-term contract. Mets. Closer Bobby Parnell has agreed to a $3.7 million, one-year contract, and leftfielder Eric Young Jr. has settled for a $1.85 million, one-year deal.
January 10, 2014
Don Mattingly will be back as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next season with a new three-year contract that takes him through 2016, quieting speculation that his future with the club was somehow in doubt. A person familiar with the agreement, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized, said Mattingly is getting a raise from the $1.4 million he made last year. Mattingly had sought the stability of a multiyear deal. "I just want guys to know the organization has confidence in you is important to me as a manager," he said by phone from his offseason home in Evansville, Ind. Mattingly had a 260-225 record in his first three seasons with the Dodgers, who reached the NL Championship Series last season, automatically triggering an extension of his contract that was set to expire at the end the season.