January 28, 2015 |
PHILLIES CLOSER Jonathan Papelbon might be reporting to Clearwater, Fla., early next month after all. Three days after the Phillies and Brewers were said to be "in serious discussions" on a Papelbon trade, according to Yahoo Sports, there was no deal to report yesterday. The deal might, in fact, be dead. At the Brewers' annual winter fan fest this weekend, Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that talk between the Phillies had stalled significantly.
July 25, 2013 |
The Baltimore Orioles crossed an item off their trade-deadline to-do list, bolstering their bullpen by acquiring reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-league infielder Nick Delmonico. Rumors had it that the man known as K-Rod was a target of the Detroit Tigers - who, Phillies fans may note, are presumably still searching for a possible closer. Rodriguez was once one of the best relievers in the game, saving a major-league-record 62 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2008.
May 6, 2011 |
Maybe sleep is overrated for the Los Angeles Angels. Less than 12 hours after beating Boston in a 13-inning game that was delayed past closing time yesterday morning, the Angels came out swinging in an 11-0 afternoon shutout of the Red Sox that salvaged a split in the series for visiting Los Angeles. The Angels finished with 18 hits and had a trio of three-run innings while beating a team that owned them last month. Los Angeles entered the four-game series 0-6 against Boston.
April 11, 2011
Maybe Maddon should go back to Ray-Bans Before the season started, Rays manager Joe Maddon ditched his Buddy Holly , thick-framed glasses (in black, of course) for a slightly thinner, more modern frame (also black). "I'd been wanting to do something different," Maddon (at right) told the St. Pete Times. "The people I got the last ones from offered up some new stuff, and when she pulled these out of the box, it was exactly what I was looking for. " Much was made of this, and the Rays' season began with a with a "Joe Maddon Glasses" night giveaway on opening night at Tropicana Field.
December 5, 2009 |
Buildings have a way of storing up all the moments that happen inside them, while still moving on to what comes next. On Monday, a national television audience watched the New Orleans Saints beat the New England Patriots in a sparkling, bright Superdome. Fans there cheered wildly. The memories of the horrific days after the 2005 Katrina disaster weren't gone - just stowed away. Last night, there was a thrilling card of boxing at the Blue Horizon, two weeks after a promising Chicago fighter named Francisco Rodriguez died as a result of punches he took in the ring there.
October 8, 2008 |
They were baseball's best over the long, hot summer. Then came October, and another big chill. The Los Angeles Angels seemed to have it all: a powerful lineup strengthened by newcomers Torii Hunter and Mark Teixeira, an impressive rotation headed by John Lackey, and a bullpen anchored by record-setting closer Francisco Rodriguez. They won 100 games for the first time in franchise history. All that wasn't enough. For the third time in four years, the Angels went cold against the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs, this time often freezing up with men on base.
September 11, 2008 |
Torii Hunter put on goggles, got on the clubhouse floor and began doing the butterfly and backstroke in a puddle of beer and champagne. Hunter and the Los Angeles Angels had plenty to celebrate yesterday. They became the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season by winning their fourth AL West title in 5 years. "I love it. I'm Michael Phelps," Hunter bellowed, invoking the Olympic swimmer who won eight gold medals in Beijing. "This is what it's all about.