April 3, 2001 |
Stylishly unshaven, Ichiro Suzuki has tried his best to learn a new - and evolving - strike zone and the nuances of American baseball this spring. That hasn't been easy, not with photographers and reporters documenting his every breath, every move, every word. Ichiro takes a practice swing. Click. Ichiro yawns. Ichiro playfully taps a Seattle Mariners teammate on the shoulder. And then . . . Ichiro tries to speak English. Get the film crew and the microphones!
July 6, 2009 |
Wakefield an all-star at last Knuckleball specialist Tim Wakefield made his first All-Star Game in his 17th season, one of a major-league-high six Boston Red Sox players headed to Busch Stadium in St. Louis for the July 14 game. The 42-year-old righthander is tied for the big-league lead with 10 wins. Wakefield is the second-oldest first-time all-star after legendary righthander Satchel Paige, who was 46 (more or less) when he was on the team in 1952. Boston's Dustin Pedroia, the reigning AL MVP, passed Texas' Ian Kinsler in a close vote at second base, and leftfielder Jason Bay also won a spot in the lineup.
August 10, 2007 |
Seattle put on another offensive show at the expense of host Baltimore, getting three hits and three RBI apiece from Ichiro Suzuki and Yuniesky Betancourt in last night's 13-8 win. Jose Guillen homered for the Mariners, who scored 31 runs on 49 hits in their first three-game sweep in Baltimore since September 2000. Seattle moved one game ahead of Detroit and 1 1/2 games ahead of idle New York in the AL wild-card race. Betancourt singled home the tying run in the fourth inning and drove in the go-ahead run in a five-run sixth that put the Mariners in control.
July 19, 2007 |
The New York Yankees are trying to make a race of the American League East. Alex Rodriguez hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and the Yankees won their fifth straight game, beating the visiting Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1, last night. By winning 11 of 14 overall, the Yankees have trimmed Boston's AL East lead to seven games - the closest they've been since May 12. They also gave manager Joe Torre a nice 67th birthday present. Derek Jeter and Bobby Abreu started the seventh-inning rally that got Yankee Stadium rocking for one of the few times all season.
November 20, 2008 |
Don Wakamatsu is proud to be the first Asian-American manager in major league history. He's also keenly aware of what his grandparents endured, generations before he took over the Seattle Mariners. During World War II, the United States government moved his Japanese ancestors across the country from one internment camp to another. Wakamatsu's father, an iron worker, was born in one. "I'm proud to represent some of what they went through in their lifetime," Wakamatsu said. "If I can set a future stepping stone for Japanese-Americans and just the equality in baseball, I'm glad to bear that torch.
August 25, 2001 |
Barry Bonds hinted yesterday his preference is to remain with San Francisco next year. Owner Peter Magowan, in turn, said the Giants' finish will affect whether Bonds will return. "The farther we go, I think the better chance there might be," Magowan said. Bonds, who has earned $55.2 million in nine seasons with the Giants, is eligible for free agency after the World Series. "All my roots are in San Francisco," Bonds said. In other news: INDIANS: Nagy out for year Pitcher Charles Nagy went on the disabled list with a sore right elbow, and the Indians said he will miss the rest of the season.
May 18, 2001 |
While David Cone's comeback still needs a bit more work, Brad Radke keeps doing everything right. Cone's abbreviated Boston debut was spoiled yesterday by Radke, who became baseball's first seven-game winner as the Minnesota Twins beat the visiting Red Sox, 5-3. "I need to fine-tune some things and throw more strikes," Cone said after lasting only three-plus innings. Radke (7-1) threw his third complete game in nine starts, allowing six hits. He walked none and struck out six. Cone allowed two runs, two hits, four walks and a hit batter in his first major league start since Sept.
May 30, 2001 |
With Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez gone from Cleveland, Jim Thome became the Indians' career leader in home runs. Thome hit his 243rd career homer and Roberto Alomar hit a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the seventh inning to lead the visiting Indians to a 6-4 victory over Detroit last night. "It feels great - it is a great honor," Thome said after passing Belle. "There's a lot of good guys on that list - Albert, Manny, on down the line. It means more that I did it with the Indians and was here that long.
April 7, 2001 |
Alex Rodriguez won't have a fond memory of his first game against his former team - because of Ichiro Suzuki's 10th-inning home run. Suzuki, the seven-time Japanese batting champion, hit his first major league home run and was 4-for-6 last night to lead the visiting Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers, 9-7. Rodriguez was 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and two runs scored, striking out twice and flying out. In his first five games since...
June 7, 2006 |
Alex Cintron spotted a pattern, then waited for his pitch. Cintron hit a three-run homer off reliever Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning to lead the host Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers last night. With Detroit ahead, 3-1, Rodney walked Jermaine Dye leading off the eighth and Joe Crede with one out. Cintron then hit a 3-2 pitch out to right for his first homer of the season. "I figured him out," Cintron said.