July 1, 2006 |
Jim Leyland would never say so publicly, but he let his players know what's on his mind: He is back at home in Pittsburgh, and the Detroit Tigers had better not lose there. Carlos Guillen's two-run triple highlighted Detroit's four-run third inning and the visiting Tigers overcame Kenny Rogers' shaky start to beat Pittsburgh, 7-6, last night, the Pirates' 14th loss in 15 games. Curtis Granderson singled and scored to start the third, then protected a one-run lead by making an excellent leaping catch of Ronny Paulino's line drive into the left-center gap to end the eighth with the tying run on third.
October 12, 2006 |
When Placido Polanco, the former Phillie-turned-invaluable table-setter for the Detroit Tigers, singled to start the fourth inning, he was on his way to a 3-for-4 effort last night. Detroit, happy to draft along behind yet another unsung player-turned-October hero, was on its way to an 8-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Polanco & Co. had provided enough offense to overcome A's starter Esteban Loaiza with ease. Their own pitchers survived Milton Bradley's two-homer explosion.
October 2, 1996 |
The Florida Marlins' offer to Jim Leyland is not his best, and now it appears he won't decide until tomorrow or Friday where he will manage next season. Leyland said he will meet with Boston tomorrow, then make a decision. Leyland called the Marlins' offer "very attractive," but it is believed to be far behind the California Angels', who offered a four-year deal in the $8 million range plus Walt Disney Co. stock options and other incentives. The Angels' proposal, made in an evening phone call, would likely make Leyland the highest-paid manager in major league history.
September 11, 1990 |
You would think most players would want to be part of a team that runs away with the division, leaving the opposition far, far behind. Not Pittsburgh's Andy Van Slyke. At least not this season. Because of the baseball lockout last spring, Pittsburgh's season, which was supposed to wrap up on Sept. 30, will end with a three-game series with the second-place New York Mets Oct. 1 to 3 at Three Rivers Stadium. Unless the Pirates clinch well beforehand, that leaves virtually no time to celebrate, because the league playoffs begin the next day in the home park of the National League West champion.
October 12, 1992 |
Sometime after midnight, after Three Rivers Stadium had emptied and the national television cameras had blinked off following Saturday's fourth game of the National League Championship Series, Barry Bonds appeared at the door of Pirates manager Jim Leyland's office. Maybe it was because the leftfielder realized that his Pirates career could be one game away from being over. Maybe he felt bad because he was hitting .091 in the postseason, the third straight year he'd been a bust in the playoffs.
October 11, 1991 |
Doug Drabek spent yesterday afternoon pedaling an exercise bike in the Pirates' clubhouse. But it's still too soon to tell whether he'll be ready to be the big wheel in the Pirates' rotation when his turn to pitch comes up again Monday. Drabek strained his left hamstring Wednesday in the Pirates' 5-1 win over the Braves in Game 1 of the National League playoffs. And yesterday, manager Jim Leyland said there was only a "50-50" chance that Drabek would be healthy enough to start Game 5 in Atlanta.
October 15, 1991 |
There isn't much more you need to know about Barry Bonds' disastrous little romp through October than this: Yesterday, in a one-run game in a tied playoff series, the Atlanta Braves intentionally walked Bobby Bonilla twice to get to Bonds, that one and only MVP kind of guy. They did it once in the sixth inning, with Andy Van Slyke on second and one out, and Bonds struck out. They tried it again in the eighth, with Jay Bell on third and...
October 12, 1997 |
Jim Leyland is a baseball junkie who likes to kill time on spring-training bus rides making up hypothetical lineups. Sometimes, he'll do 10 a day, just for the fun of it. But postseason tinkering isn't nearly as fun. In fact, it can be a little agonizing. Leyland has done plenty of juggling in this National League championship series, mostly because his team has been afflicted with a "severe case of pitching blues. " The Marlins' No. 1 and 2 starters have both suffered setbacks.
March 11, 1994 |
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Leyland is puzzled by former reliever Stan Belinda's biting criticism. Belinda, now with the Kansas City Royals, said Leyland intentionally slighted him for months after he allowed Francisco Cabrera's pennant-winning, two-run single in Game 7 of the 1992 National League playoffs in Atlanta. He said Leyland bypassed him in the postgame clubhouse and didn't talk to him until last spring, forcing the reliever to shoulder the blame all winter. Belinda also said he has learned more about pitching since being traded to the Royals last July 31 than he ever did in Pittsburgh.
October 22, 1991 |
Darrell Griffith, one of the NBA's all-time leading three-point shooters, was placed on waivers yesterday by the Utah Jazz. Griffith, 33, spent his entire 11-year career with the Jazz, who drafted him as the second pick out of Louisville in 1980. He was the NBA's rookie of the year his first season. The Jazz's all-time leader in games played with 765, Griffith is fifth on the league's all-time list of three-point field goals made, with 530. His personal-best scoring average of 22.2 points per game came in the 1982-83 season.