December 29, 2011 |
THE OAKLAND Athletics traded All-Star closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to Boston yesterday for outfielder Josh Reddick and prospects Miles Head and Raul Alcantara. In the deal, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine found a reliable ninth-inning guy to replace Jonathan Papelbon , who left for the Phillies as a free agent. Bailey - the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year who made the All-Star team that season and again in 2010 - is from Haddon Heights, N.J. The righthander, 27, went 0-4 with a 3.24 ERA and 24 saves in 41 2/3 innings this year.
December 1, 2006 |
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says he will step down in 3 years when his contract ends, content that the sport is in good health, Reuters reported. "I plan to retire," Selig, the former Milwaukee Brewers owner, said yesterday. "Other than Kenesaw Mountain Landis, I think I would be the longest-serving commissioner," added Selig, who became "interim commissioner" in 1992 and took the job permanently 6 years later. "My contract runs for the next 3-plus years. I'll be 75 years of age and I want to teach and write a book and do some other things," he said.
April 7, 2010 |
Hideki Okajima walked Nick Johnson to score the tiebreaking run after a costly error by shortstop Marco Scutaro loaded the bases, and the visiting New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-4, last night. Scutaro, part of Boston's offseason emphasis on improving its run prevention, fielded Derek Jeter's routine grounder with two outs in the eighth. But his throw went in the dirt and off first baseman Kevin Youkilis' glove. Then Okajima (1-1) walked Johnson, scoring Jorge Posada and making the score 5-4. Robinson Cano added his first homer of the year in the ninth.
April 1, 2008 |
A Krypton curve? Think maybe the Japanese read too many comic books? How else can you explain their obsession with secret pitches? Dice-K had the "gyroball. " Now Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima is working on a secret pitch of his own. He calls it the "Doki-Doki," which translates, we think, to "These American sportswriters certainly are gullible. " Actually, according to the Boston Globe, it means "sound of a heartbeat. " What does it do? "He doesn't know which way it breaks," translator Jeff Yamaguchi said.
December 15, 2006 |
Daisuke Matsuzaka threw his first pitch off the Fenway Park mound yesterday, the end of an 8,000-mile journey that the Red Sox hope will give them a new ace. Boston announced Matsuzaka's $52 million, 6-year contract at a packed news conference that ended several long days of negotiations. Now they hope the Japanese star will follow Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez as a dominant major leaguer. "In our minds, it was not a certainty until the very end," Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said.
May 3, 2007 |
Josh Beckett had enough left to escape a seventh-inning jam and become the first Red Sox pitcher to win his first six starts since Roger Clemens in 1991. The righthander struck out Mark Ellis with runners at first and second and two outs, and Boston went on last night to beat visiting Oakland, 6-4.Beckett (6-0) is the only pitcher with six wins this season, his second with Boston. Beckett has moved from the third-base side of the rubber to the middle this season and has relied more on an improved curveball and changeup after concentrating on his fastball in key situations last year.
October 26, 2007 |
BOSTON - The first two games of the 103d World Series have produced a blowout and a nail-biter. The Boston Red Sox have been on the winning end of both and now stand two victories from tasting champagne again. The Red Sox eked out a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies in Game 2 of the Series last night at Fenway Park. The Rockies finished second in the National League with 860 runs this season, but the Red Sox, winners of the 2004 World Series, have held them to just two so far in this Series.
May 25, 2010 |
Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz homered to back the strong pitching of Clay Buchholz and lead the resurgent Boston Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the host Tampa Bay Rays last night. The Red Sox beat baseball's top team for the first time in five tries, climbing a season-best four games over .500 (25-21) with their third straight win on a difficult road trip that began in Philadelphia. Buchholz (6-3) won his eighth consecutive road start dating to last August, the longest such streak by a Red Sox pitcher since Roger Clemens won nine in a row from July 18, 1992 to April 20, 1993.
December 4, 2010
Here are some off-season moves that could have an effect on the Phillies in the coming weeks. 1. The Angels signed lefthander Hisanori Takahashi to a two-year, $5.5 million deal. Takahashi was a pitcher who interested the Phillies for an obvious reason: He's lefthanded. When he hit the market, it was believed Takahashi was seeking a two- or three-year deal, but he ends up with a deal almost identical to the one Jose Contreras signed with the Phillies earlier this off-season.