August 3, 2012
Former Philly fave Shane Victorino entered the Dodgers' clubhouse three hours before Wednesday's first pitch against the Diamondbacks and declared: "Where it all began. " "Now I get to wear Dodger Blue again," Victorino said. "Not as a young kid, but as a guy who has had time in the big leagues, has had some fun and some great moments. I'm trying to relive those moments here. " And in a repeat of what happened in Philadelphia a while back, the Dodgers designated Bobby Abreu for assignment to make room for Victorino.
May 31, 2012 |
FORMER PHILLIES starter Roy Oswalt agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, who expect the three-time All-Star to join their rotation within a few weeks. Assuming Oswalt passes a physical Thursday, he is expected to go to Triple A Round Rock and make his first start Saturday. "He's been throwing for quite a while now, he feels good about where he is," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "I think he's been away long enough that he's excited about coming to the Rangers and getting back to pitching on a regular basis.
April 29, 2012 |
Remember the 2009 World Series when Johnny Damon shocked the world, stealing second base in the ninth inning of Game 4, score tied. You thought Johnny Damon couldn't steal second base with a mask and a gun. Then Damon jumped up, saw third base was unprotected, and stole that, too. You looked at your teenage son wearing his Utley jersey and a forlorn expression, and whispered, "The Phillies are dead. " You just knew something mystical was happening. "I was running the bases with Damon," Hart Seely said proudly.
March 21, 2012 |
Before the season, the Yankees traded slugging prospect Jesus Montero to Seattle. They let Jorge Posada - one of the 'Core Four' who won five World Series - head off into retirement. They passed on fan favorites Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui - guys who practically delivered the 2009 series win over the Phillies and who are both still available. The Yanks did all this so they could sign Raul Ibanez, who is less than three months away from his 40th birthday. Nobody is professing any concern just yet, but the former Phillie had two hits in his first 31 at-bats in spring training with seven strikeouts, no home runs and one run batted in. After Ibanez went 0 for 3 on Sunday night against Baltimore, the New York Times reported a full-court press of 11 media representatives surrounding Ibanez's locker.
February 21, 2012 |
RAUL IBANEZ has finally found a new home. Ibanez, the Phillies' leftfielder for the last three seasons, yesterday agreed to a 1-year, $1.1 million contract with the New York Yankees, according to sources. Ibanez' deal also includes $2.9 million in performance bonuses. "He's a guy that's hit righthanders very well over his career, can still play the outfield," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, without confirming the agreement. "Has been a productive player if you look over the last 10 years.
February 7, 2012
Raul Ibanez is in "serious discussions" to sign with the New York Yankees, according to a tweet from a FoxSports.com reporter. The report indicated that the former Phillies leftfielder would take less money to sign with the Yankees than with another team. However, a Yankees source told ESPNNewYork.com that "nothing is about to happen" and that "prices have got to come down a bit. " When approached by the Daily News at the Sixers game last night, Ibanez offered no comment or update.
June 17, 2011 |
Brian Gordon pitched way better than the 32-year-old journeyman he is, keeping the Yankees close in a most unlikely outing before Brett Gardner hit a winning single in the 12th inning that sent New York past the visiting Texas Rangers, 3-2, yesterday. The Yankees became the first team to sweep AL champion Texas this year, taking all three games. New York won for the sixth time in seven tries and sent the Rangers to their season-worst fifth loss in a row. Plucked this week from the Phillies, Gordon made his first big-league appearance since 2008 and drew a no-decision for his 5 innings.
May 3, 2011 |
Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning off closer Jose Valverde and the visiting New York Yankees beat Detroit, 5-3, last night, handing the Tigers their seventh straight defeat. The Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit, tying it in the seventh on Alex Avila's second solo home run of the night, but the Yankees broke through in their last at-bat against Valverde (2-1). With runners on first and second and one out, Swisher singled up the middle and Mark Teixeira scored from second with a slide.
March 17, 2011 |
Nothing like a little back-and-forth between New York and Philly baseball teams, but this time it's not the Mets and Phillies. It's the Yankees. Seems some in the Yankees organization bristled when Cliff Lee said among the reasons why the Yankees were his third choice this offseason behind the Phils and Texas was because "some of the Yankeee guys are getting older. " "Some of our core guys that we have relied on have gotten up there, but we have a group of young players that we're excited about," Yankees GM Brian Cashman responded, according to the New York Post . "All we care about is being called champions.
September 3, 2010 |
The most amazing, sensational - oh, never mind With Los Angeles trailing by 2-1, Angels slugger Hideki Matsui launched an 0-and-1 fastball from Mariners lefty Jason Vargas into deep right field with two out and one out in the top of the seventh inning on Wednesday. Matsui slowly trotted to first, watching the arc of the ball and thinking, he said later, it would put him on the front pages all over Japan. Not because it would be a massive home run - he didn't think he got all of it - but because it was his countryman Ichiro Suzuki tracking back to the wall for what would be a spectacular catch that would churn the throngs of Nippon newsmen in the press box into a frenzy.