August 2, 2012 |
The Texas Rangers won the Ryan Dempster sweepstakes, acquiring the Chicago Cubs ace for two minor leaguers moments before Tuesday's trade deadline. Kansas City reliever Jonathan Broxton also went from an also-ran to a contender, going to the Cincinnati Reds. Matt Garza and Josh Johnson stayed put for now as the window closed for clubs to make trades without having players pass through waivers. Four days after the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels acquired former Cy Young Award winner Zack Geinke, the Rangers obtained Dempster for infielder Christian Villanueva and pitcher Kyle Hendricks.
October 20, 2009 |
THE PLAY: As goes Jimmy Rollins, so go the Phillies. And he has them one step closer to going back to the World Series with what has to be the most clutch hit of his 10-year career. THE SETUP: His team trailing, 4-3, with one out in the bottom of the ninth and facing Jonathan Broxton, pinch-hitter Matt Stairs, who killed the Dodgers with a pinch-homer in last year's NLCS, began last night's comeback with a walk. With Eric Bruntlett pinch-running, Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch. After Greg Dobbs lined out to third, Rollins took center stage.
October 21, 2009
Joe Torre said he met with Jonathan Broxton immediately after Game 4 and again yesterday, mainly to reiterate his faith in the young closer. Broxton might have needed the boost, since he now has seen the Phillies score the game-winning runs twice with him on the mound, first in Game 4 of the 2008 National League Championship Series, then again Monday. "This kid, this closing thing, this is something new to him," Torre said. "I did this role last year," said a sullen Broxton, 25, who has logged 50 of the 55 saves to his credit in the past two seasons, and has pitched in 308 major league games.
August 14, 2010 |
The stakes were different Thursday night but the setting, for Jonathan Broxton, was eerily similar. In 2009, Broxton blew a save in Game 4 of the NLCS, extending the Phillies' series lead to three games to one. And on Thursday in his first trip back to Citizens Bank Park, Broxton gave the Fightin's yet another memorable moment. Entering the ninth inning with a three-run cushion, Broxton faced five batters, retired none, and was done when Carlos Ruiz doubled to left-center, driving in two runs to give the Phillies a 10-9 victory.
October 9, 2008 |
Phillies vs. Dodgers (Phils split the series, 4-4) AT LOS ANGELES (Aug. 11-14) Dodgers 8, Phillies 6 WP: Derek Lowe; LP: Kyle Kendrick; S: Jonathan Broxton Top hitters: Phillies - Chase Utley (3 hits, 2 RBI, 2 doubles), Jimmy Rollins (single, triple); Dodgers - James Loney (3 hits, 3 RBI), Casey Blake (2-run HR), Jeff Kent (3 hits, RBI), Manny Ramirez (2 hits, 2 RBI) What happened: Blake and Ramirez knocked in two runs apiece in a six-run third to knock out Kendrick.
October 15, 2009 |
LOS ANGELES - The Dodgers almost gave 21-year-old Clayton Kershaw the ball for their first playoff start. He'd helped clinch the division a few days before, a six-inning shutdown of the Rockies. But that was not a microscope game. So, they went with veteran lefthander Randy Wolf. "We felt the veteran could handle the hoopla," manager Joe Torre said. Wolf gave up five walks and six hits in less than four innings. He surrendered only two runs and the Dodgers won, but when Kershaw gave up two runs and came within an out from going seven innings the next game, Kershaw had earned the right to become the staff's No. 1 pitcher.
October 9, 2008
Facing 6-foot-4, 290-pound reliever Jonathan Broxton will not be new for the Phillies. They have seen the 100-m.p.h. fireballer three times this season. He earned a save in the first game, was the winning pitcher in the second, and blew a save in the third. Here is a look at those games: Date Outcome IP H R ER BB SO AVG P 8-11 Save 1.1 3 2 2 1 2 .429 33 8-13 Win 1 0 0 0 0 2 .
November 29, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era. The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday. More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9. Bonds is the all-time home run champion with 762 and won a record seven MVP awards.
July 22, 2010 |
Crazy night in LaLa Land At least three stories emerged from Tuesday night's old-fashioned Dodgers-Giants beanball battle. First was the five-game suspension handed down by MLB disciplinarian Bob Watson to Los Angeles pitcher Clayton Kershaw for throwing at our old friend Aaron Rowand in the 7-5 San Francisco victory. Dodgers manager Joe Torre and bench coach Bob Schaefer also were tagged with one-game suspensions. Second was the hit Don Mattingly's impending managerial career took after Torre got the hook.
November 30, 2011 |
The Boston Red Sox and Bobby Valentine have reached a verbal agreement which would make Valentine the next manager of the team, Mike Lynch of Boston's WCVB-TV reported. ESPN has also reported that the deal is done. Valentine, who managed both the New York Mets and Texas Rangers, was most recently an analyst for ESPN. He is in Japan but will be returning around midnight Wednesday. Broxton to K.C. Reliever Jonathan Broxton and the Kansas City Royals agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract that guarantees the burly righthander $4 million.