July 5, 2015 |
ATLANTA - Adam Morgan held his glove to his mouth for what must have felt like an eternity. The pitcher walked off the mound during the seventh inning of Friday's 2-1 loss to the Braves. He turned and watched Juan Uribe's arching home run sky past him. Morgan did not lower his glove until the ball finally landed. The rookie's homecoming had been spoiled. Morgan grew up 20 miles north of Turner Field. He and his friends used to tailgate in the stadium's Blue Lot and buy $5 tickets when they were in high school.
April 25, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - This was the debut stage for the lanky lefthander they called "Hollywood" before he even reached the majors, and it was appropriate. Five seasons somehow passed since Cole Hamels' last appearance at Dodger Stadium. The Phillies unveiled their keystone here Wednesday, with another star pitcher, Zack Greinke, opposing him. When Hamels re-signed for $144 million in July 2012, the affluent Dodgers opened their wallet and paid $159 million for Greinke. They did not sign him for his bat, which earned a silver slugger award in 2013, and tormented the Phillies.
August 12, 2013 |
It took Oakland's Josh Reddick 82 games to hit five home runs. He doubled his season total in two, parking a couple in the Athletics' 5-4 win over Toronto on Saturday, one day after blasting three into the stands as the A's routed the Blue Jays, 14-6 on Friday night. The hirsute slugger, who has one of the best beards in sports this side of James Harden, matched the majors' record for homers over two games. Reddick, hitless in his previous 20 at-bats before the sudden power surge, had 32 dingers last year.
March 22, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES DODGERS shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be sidelined for more than 2 months or maybe just 2 weeks because of an injured left thumb. "They've painted both pictures, and it's a pretty big window," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. "We're guessing. " Ramirez was hurt diving for a ball while playing third base Tuesday night in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. He helped the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico, 3-0. Ramirez was set to have an MRI when he returne to the Dodgers' camp in Surprise, Ariz.
October 26, 2012 |
WHEN PABLO Sandoval hit three home runs Wednesday night and Barry Zito allowed one run while pitching into the sixth inning, much was made of their irrelevance in the San Francisco Giants' World Series championship of 2010, when one was benched and the other left off the roster entirely. As incredible as that Game 1 story was, it pales compared with a larger mostly overlooked one: This Giants lineup, with just a season wedged between this World Series appearance and that one, is completely different, except for catcher Buster Posey.
August 5, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The nightmares will not cease because this was merely Game 111 in a season that promises more than 162 for these Phillies. They entered this ballpark by the bay Thursday for the first time since last October, when great expectations were inexplicably spoiled by a team with absolutely nothing to lose. The very sight of AT&T Park jogged undesirable memories - Cody Ross slapping an unhittable pitch; Juan Uribe stroking a game-ending fly ball; and Matt Cain two-hitting his way through a broken lineup.
November 3, 2010 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - When Brian Wilson struck out Nelson Cruz to end the 2010 World Series, 142 players instantly became free agents. Under new rules negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement this season, players no longer needed to file for free agency. At 10:30 p.m., as Buster Posey sprinted to meet Wilson's open arms and start a celebration that lasted deep into the Texas night and then boiled over to the Giants' charter plane back to San Francisco, the future of more than a few postseason heroes began to be questioned.
November 2, 2010 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - No, most of Philadelphia likely was not watching the seventh inning of Monday's World Series Game 5 because it still hurt too much to see it played without the Phillies involved. But then they appeared, the Ghosts of Philadelphia World Series Past. They faced each other with this Fall Classic possibly on the line. Pat Burrell vs. Cliff Lee. Runners on second and third. A scoreless pitcher's duel reaching its climax. Burrell, benched in Game 4, saw 62 pitches in this series before the at-bat, and had put two of them in play.
October 29, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Aaron Rowand gets a start in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series and throws out Carlos Ruiz at the plate. Speedy Nate Schierholtz subs in to play rightfield in the seventh inning in Game 2 of the World Series and two batters into his night, there he is running down Matt Treanor's extra-base bid to the gap. Double switches. A perfect reliever for every opposing batter. Three double switches in a single postseason game, each with a positive consequence.
October 28, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - Feel a little better now, Philadelphia? The Texas Rangers had Tim Lincecum on the ropes in Game 1, just as your team did. And lost a lot bigger to them than your team did. When the Giants completed their 11-7 battering of Cliff Lee and a parade of relievers, they had accumulated 14 hits, seven for extra bases. To put that in context, the seven extra-base hits equal half the number they achieved in the National League Championship Series and more than half the runs.