August 19, 2010
THE BRAVES had won two straight division titles. Still, the mood around the executive offices at drab, old AtlantaFulton County Stadium in July 1993 was hardly upbeat. They were playing all right . . . and the Giants were still threatening to turn the remainder of the schedule into a formality by Labor Day. Then general manager John Schuerholz swung a trade, getting first baseman Fred McGriff from the Padres. After Crime Dog joined the lineup, Atlanta went an incredible 51-17 the rest of the way, ending up with 104 wins and needing every one of them to edge San Francisco by a single game.
November 28, 2009 |
Roberto Alomar is among 15 first-time candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining holdovers Mark McGwire, Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven. Edgar Martinez, Barry Larkin and Fred McGriff also are new to the ballot this year. There are 26 candidates, three more than last year when Rickey Henderson was elected in his initial appearance and Jim Rice made it on his 15th and final try. Dawson fell 44 votes shy of the 75 percent needed and Blyleven was 67 short. Also on the ballot for the first time are Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile.
September 13, 2008 |
Bye-bye Billy? Scott Schoeneweis, one of Billy Wagner's closest friends on the Mets, was convinced that Wagner is finished in New York after visiting the closer this week following his elbow surgery. "He has some inside information that he knows he's not going to be a Met anymore," Schoeneweis told Newsday. "It's not his choice. He doesn't want to come back if he can't be a closer, and I totally understand that. " General manager Omar Minaya denied telling Wagner that he was through with the Mets.
May 26, 2007 |
Ronny Paulino's bases-loaded double highlighted the Pittsburgh Pirates' biggest rally in nearly 3 years last night, an eight-run splurge in the 10th inning that set up a 10-4 victory over the host Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates overcame Ken Griffey Jr.'s 574th career homer by sending 12 batters to the plate in the 10th inning and repeatedly delivering with the bases loaded, one of their biggest shortcomings so far this season. Chris Duffy's sacrifice fly off closer David Weathers (1-3)
April 27, 2007 |
Sammy Sosa is "Slammin' Sammy" once again. Sosa hit two homers to reach 594 for his career, but Paul Byrd and the Cleveland Indians beat the visiting Texas Rangers yesterday, 9-4, for their fifth straight win. Sosa's 439-foot drive leading off the sixth inning against Byrd (2-1) made Jacobs Field the 44th major league ballpark in which he has homered. That broke a tie with Ken Griffey Jr. and Fred McGriff for the most in a big-league career. "It's nice to have that record, but if we had won I would have enjoyed it more," Sosa said.
June 6, 2006 |
The excitable Carlos Zambrano remained calm as he took a no-hitter in the eighth inning. " 'Whatever happens in this inning, will happen. If somebody gets a base hit, it's OK. I pitched a good game anyway and I didn't let the other team score any runs,' " he told pitching coach Larry Rothschild before taking the mound. He pitched no-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings before Preston Wilson grounded an opposite-field single, leading the visiting Chicago Cubs over the Houston Astros, 8-0, last night.
July 29, 2004 |
Dave Borkowski wasn't fazed by the fact the Boston Red Sox had scored 39 runs on 52 hits in their previous four games. Instead, he took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, and Javy Lopez hit two homers off Curt Schilling to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the visiting Red Sox, 4-1, last night. Borkowski (2-2) allowed three hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked none. Lopez hit a solo homer in the fifth to break the scoreless duel, then added a two-run shot in the seventh to make it 4-0. It was his 22nd career two-homer game.
June 18, 2004 |
Derek Lowe didn't care that it was cool and drizzling, conditions that somewhat neutralized the big advantage hitters have at Denver's Coors Field. Regardless of how much moisture was in the thin air, he wasn't about to throw a fair amount of breaking balls and off-speed pitches to see whether the playing field had indeed been leveled. Relying heavily on his sinker, Lowe pitched seven scoreless innings and got plenty of support from his teammates as the Boston Red Sox beat the Rockies, 11-0, to salvage the final game of the three-game series.
June 5, 2004 |
The Boston Red Sox might not like hearing this, but Jimmy Gobble has had even better outings. The 22-year-old rookie left-hander retired 15 consecutive batters after Johnny Damon's leadoff single in the first and led host Kansas City to a 5-2 win last night. "I don't think it's the best I've pitched," said Gobble (3-3), who gave up five hits and two runs in six innings. "But as far as legs and bodywise, I felt good and I felt like I was throwing the ball where I wanted to for the most part.
June 1, 2004 |
Fred McGriff's first homer of the season sent the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on their way to a rare road win. McGriff's two-run shot, the 492nd homer of his career, opened the scoring as the visiting Devil Rays beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-3, yesterday. McGriff, making his second start for the Devil Rays since he was brought up from the minor leagues Friday, homered for the first time since Sept. 2. The homer off Seth Greisinger (2-4) landed in the first row of the upper deck in rightfield.