August 4, 2012
After struggling through 64 games, Johnny Damon's stint with the Indians is over. On Friday, the club designated him for assignment. Damon compiled some meager numbers after Cleveland signed him April 17: He hit only .222 with four home runs. He has spent most of his career with the Royals, Red Sox, and Yankees, but the 38-year-old has bounced around the last few seasons, playing with Detroit in 2010 and Tampa Bay last year. He has 2,769 hits but may be running out of time if he wants to make a run at the 3,000 milestone.
May 3, 2012 |
TWENTY YEARS ago, Buck Showalter picked up his first managerial win in the majors as his New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox. Tuesday night, he got win No. 1,000, this time against the Yankees, as the visiting Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees, 7-1. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered off for the Orioles in their first win in five tries against the Yankees this year. Showalter improved to 1,000-958 in 14 seasons with the Yankees, Arizona, Texas and Baltimore. "I'm very appreciative of the players making me feel really young tonight, even though I'm an old goat," Showalter said.
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.
April 18, 2012 |
CC SABATHIA shook off early trouble to get a rare April win for the Yankees and backup catcher Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead, two-run single and had three RBI for the first time in his career to lead New York over the visiting Minnesota Twins, 8-3, Tuesday night. Sabathia (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. After falling behind 3-1 in the third, he didn't allow a hit and retired 13 in a row during one stretch. He credited pitching coach Larry Rothschild with telling him after the third to throw more over the top. "Fastball command got a lot better," the big lefthander said.
April 13, 2012 |
THE CLEVELAND Indians may have found a boost for their stagnant offense. The team has reached agreement on a $1.25 million, 1-year contract with free-agent outfielder Johnny Damon, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, because the Indians had not yet announced the agreement. Damon, 38, is 277 hits from 3,000 and was looking to catch on with a team to prolong his career. Agent Scott Boras has worked out a deal with Indians general manager Chris Antonetti, who has been looking for a player to help a Cleveland team off to a 1-4 start and batting only .176 - worst in the majors.
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.
September 27, 2011 |
The Tampa Bay Rays moved into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the wild-card lead, beating the visiting New York Yankees, 5-2, last night behind another strong performance by James Shields. Shields came within one out of his 12th complete game, yielding six hits. Kyle Farnsworth finished for his 24th save, closing it out moments before the Red Sox lost, 6-3, at Baltimore. The Rays and Red Sox have two games left each. "It's been a nice little run. All the stars have been aligned for us and here we are," Shields said.
September 24, 2011 |
BRANDON MORROW pitched seven scoreless innings and the Toronto Blue Jays further dampened Tampa Bay's playoff hopes, beating David Price and the Rays, 5-1, last night in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays have lost four of five and dropped 2 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL wild-card race; the Red Sox were rained out at New York last night. A night after pounding out 17 hits in a 15-8 romp at Yankee Stadium, the Rays were limited to Matt Joyce's second-inning infield single until Casey Kotchman singled with one out in the seventh off Morrow (11-11)
August 13, 2011 |
JOHNNY DAMON, Casey Kotchman and Kelly Shoppach all connected in the third inning for three of Tampa Bay's five solo home runs against CC Sabathia, and David Price again came out on top in a matchup of elite lefthanders, lifting the Rays over the New York Yankees, 5-1, last night. With a full moon looming over Yankee Stadium, light-hitting Elliot Johnson and Evan Longoria also homered in Tampa Bay's fifth straight win. The five homers were the most Sabathia (16-7) has allowed in his career, while Price (10-10)
April 15, 2011 |
Nick Swisher hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees rallied from a five-run deficit for an 6-5 victory over the visiting Baltimore Orioles last night. After Joba Chamberlain used his big body to save a run in the eighth by blocking the plate and keeping the Yankees within 5-4, Jorge Posada led off the bottom of the ninth with a tying homer on the first pitch off closer Kevin Gregg. Michael Gonzalez (0-1) walked Mark Teixeira and gave up a double to Alex Rodriguez to start the 10th.