July 3, 2013 |
H OMER BAILEY threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants last night. Bailey (5-6) became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer - still the only big-leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates, 1-0, in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later. "Every dog has its day twice, I guess," Bailey said.
June 12, 2013 |
Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon went to the tape after the Rays' 14-inning, rugbyesque 10-8 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night. He's still convinced that Boston's John Lackey hit Rays leadoff hitter Matt Joyce intentionally in the center of the back in the sixth inning. It touched off a bench-clearing scrum. "I saw the replay and absolutely validated my thoughts," Maddon said before Tuesday night's game with the Red Sox. Joyce had homered earlier and lined a 3-0 pitch foul into the right-field stands.
May 31, 2013 |
CHARLIE MANUEL saw a lot of things that will stick in the darker recesses of his mind even after the Phillies muted them with a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox that sounded plenty of uplifting notes. There was Ben Revere breaking in on a line drive that ended up sailing well over his head for a triple, there was Domonic Brown colliding with Jimmy Rollins on a shallow pop fly, there were runners left standing like middle school dancers along a gymnasium wall. Manuel does not like these things, and he has bemoaned them throughout this stop-and-start Phillies season.
May 10, 2013 |
ONE costly error was all the visiting Minnesota Twins needed to rally against the Boston Red Sox. Oswaldo Arcia hit a two-run homer and the Twins capitalized on a throwing error by Boston starter John Lackey to beat the struggling Red Sox, 5-3, last night. Lackey's wild throw to second base on a potential inning-ending doubleplay gave the Twins another chance in the sixth and they responded with four unearned runs, including two on Arcia's homer, to take a 5-2 lead. "I have to make that one play and we win the game," Lackey said.
October 26, 2011 |
JOHN LACKEY will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the 2012 season, the latest setback in his rough year with the Boston Red Sox. General manager Ben Cherington made the announcement yesterday during a news conference at which he was introduced as the successor to Theo Epstein, who left to become president of baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs. Lackey, a righthander, was 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in the second year of a 5-year, $82.5 million contract. The Boston Globe reported after the season that he and fellow starters Josh Beckett and Jon Lester drank beer and ate fried chicken in the clubhouse during games in which they were not pitching.
June 30, 2011 |
What seemed to disappoint the Boston Red Sox most about Wednesday night's 2-1 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park is that a rare strong effort from righthander John Lackey went to waste. Since signing a five-year, $82-million contract with Boston before the 2010 season, Lackey has not come close to performing the way he had for most of his eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Lackey has spent time this season on the disabled list with an elbow strain, and Wednesday's start was his fifth since being activated.
June 29, 2011 |
A few days ago, Charlie Manuel was thankful that Raul Ibanez could muster only a single. It was Sunday and an off day awaited Monday, which meant the fidgety Ibanez was saddled with the possibility of contemplating an 0-for-19 hitless streak for 51 hours. But Ibanez singled in the eighth, and 1 for 19 offered some solace. "He might not have slept tonight," Manuel said Sunday. Minor victories fuel Ibanez, the 39-year-old nearing the end of a long career. He found another awaiting Wednesday night: John Lackey was pitching for Boston at Citizens Bank Park.
July 1, 2010 |
Fine line between love and hate The Angels' fans gave Rangers slugger Vladimir Guerrero a standing ovation when he came to bat in the first inning in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday night. Guerrero, who wasn't re-signed by Los Angeles last winter after six seasons, stepped out of the box and tipped his batting helmet to the crowd before lining a single to center. "I got chills," Texas manager Ron Washington said of the ovation, after the game. "It was a very nice moment. He did a lot of good things for the Angels, and they just showed their respect right there.
April 15, 2010 |
Joel Pineiro's power sinker cut right through the Yankees' lineup. That was a welcome sight for the Los Angeles Angels, who looked much more like themselves as soon as they got a top-notch pitching performance. Pineiro tossed seven impressive innings for his first win with his new team and the visiting Angels showed signs of shaking their early slump by beating New York, 5-3, yesterday. "We need more games like this," manager Mike Scioscia said. "If we had been playing like this for the first week there's no way we're sitting with a 3-6 record.
December 2, 2009 |
World Series MVP Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero and Randy Wolf were among the free agents who weren't offered salary arbitration, a move that enables new teams to sign them without losing draft picks. Last night was the first big deadline of baseball's offseason, with teams having until midnight to make arbitration offers to their former players who became free agents. Players have until Dec. 7 to accept; if they reject, they still can re-sign with their former clubs at any time.