August 25, 2012
Wednesday night was a tough one for Joe Girardi. The Yankees manager interrupted his own postgame interview to confront a shouting White Sox fan. As reported by the New York Post, the scene took place in the bowels of U.S. Cellular Field after New York's 2-1 loss. Reporters gathered around Girardi to discuss the Yankees' three-game sweep by the White Sox. Girardi fielded a question, when a voice emerged from behind the media throng - a fan talking trash about the Yankees.
August 24, 2012 |
Third baseman Kevin Frandsen continues to make the most of his opportunity for extended playing time with the Phillies, but it might not have worked out that way if Ryne Sandberg, his manager at triple-A Lehigh Valley, did not display patience at the start of the season. Frandsen went 3 for 4 with a triple and made an outstanding defensive play in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds, but he was replaced by Placido Polanco in Wednesday's starting lineup. Manager Charlie Manuel said when Polanco returned from the disabled list on Monday that his two third basemen would likely alternate days in the beginning.
August 22, 2012 |
BOSTON RED SOX outfielder Carl Crawford will have season-ending surgery on his left elbow Thursday. Crawford has been playing with pain since coming off the disabled list last month and will have Tommy John surgery. "It became clear over last few days that surgery was going to happen," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday on a conference call. "We felt like after talking about it more this weekend with Carl, the right thing to do is to get it taken care of now. He had played through the injury and played pretty well, but it wasn't getting better.
August 21, 2012 |
Third baseman Placido Polanco was activated from the disabled list and immediately placed in the Phillies' starting lineup for Monday's opening of a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Polanco had been on the disabled list (retroactive to July 23) with lower-back inflammation. He played three games for single-A Clearwater and went 5 for 12 (.417) with two RBIs. "It's good to be back," Polanco said before Monday's game. "I was hitting the ball well and felt good.
August 19, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE - There are no guarantees in the Phillies outfield, a fact not lost on Nate Schierholtz, and that is why he played catch Friday at Miller Park with a metal plate inserted into his right sneaker. Schierholtz begged for a chance at everyday playing time in San Francisco and thought he had received at least two months of it with a trade to Philadelphia. Then he fouled two balls off his right big toe and landed on the disabled list. He is determined to not make it the last impression for 2012.
August 17, 2012 |
MIAMI - In holding the Marlins to three runs in seven innings in the Phillies' 9-2 loss on Wednesday afternoon, Roy Halladay threw 108 pitches, the first time he eclipsed the 100-pitch mark since throwing 104 vs. the Padres on May 12, and the most he's thrown since coming off the disabled list last month. But the veteran righthander said the real accomplishment was his ability to pitch deep into a game without his best stuff. "I feel like earlier on [in the season], if I wasn't really spotting it I was in trouble," said Halladay, who struck out seven while walking one before the bullpen allowed six runs in the eighth inning.
August 16, 2012 |
JAY BRUCE HIT a three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth game in a row, beating the New York Mets, 3-0, Tuesday night. The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0-for-18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected with no outs. Brandon Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Manny Acosta (1-3), New York's fifth pitcher. Ryan Ludwick followed with single that sent Phillips to second. Lefthanded reliever Josh Edgin came in to face the lefty-hitting Bruce, who sent a drive into the leftfield seats at Great American Ball Park.
August 12, 2012
Rookies are supposed to cave against pitchers like Seattle's Felix Hernandez, but Mike Trout is no ordinary rookie. The pride of Millville tied a career high Friday night with five RBIs, including a three-run homer and a rare two-run sacrifice fly, to lead the Angels to a wild, 6-5 win over the Mariners. "You're talking about one of the best pitchers in the game - one of the top-five strikeout leaders - and Trout stood up to him. That's the type of player he is . . . He's a bulldog," Angels outfielder Torii Hunter gushed.
August 5, 2012
Baseball loves its records, and it's hard to argue with that when you consider the following: Brothers Justin Upton and B.J. Upton both hit career home run No. 100 on Friday night, just about an hour apart and in different leagues. First up was Justin Upton, who plays for the Diamondbacks. He connected in the second inning against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Then it was his older brother's turn. B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays went deep in the fourth inning against the Orioles' Tommy Hunter.
August 5, 2012 |
Roy Halladay interrupted this clunker of a Phillies season to remind everybody of a dominant pitcher from yesteryear, or at least April. With a curve ball that was singing and a fastball in the 90-mile-per-hour range that had plenty of movement, Halladay pitched seven shutout innings during Saturday's 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. Halladay allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one while throwing 94 pitches, 61 for strikes. It was Halladay's best outing since opening day when he allowed two hits in eight innings of a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh.