August 26, 2014 |
WHEN BEN REVERE slapped Nick Greenwood's 89-mph sinker to leftfield in yesterday's seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park, it signified the centerfielder's 26th multihit performance in his last 51 games. It also propelled him into a tie in the race for the National League batting title. With two more hits yesterday, Revere upped his average to .314, the same mark with which Colorado's Justin Morneau entered the day. Morneau was given the day off in the Rockies' home win against the Marlins that started just after the Phillies capped their 7-1 win over the Cardinals.
August 19, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - With two on and two out in the second inning, Giants eight-hole hitter Brandon Crawford hit a ball in the hole between first and second base. Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard made a diving effort, but the ball found the outfield grass. Pitcher David Buchanan initially broke to first base to cover if Howard got to the ball, and then didn't have enough time to back track and back up third base. Marlon Byrd's throw to third bounced away from Cody Asche and out of play.
December 15, 2013
The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal Friday. He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season. The Rockies were contemplating moving Michael Cuddyer from right field over to first base before the deal with Morneau. Like Helton, Morneau is a smooth-fielding first baseman. Since 2003, his fielding percentage (.996) is second to only Helton (.997). Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBIs.
June 13, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - Mike Adams clutched his right arm, wrapped in ice, hours before the Phillies reliever was charged with the decisive run in a 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins. It is rare for a reliever to throw a bullpen session, albeit brief, before that night's game. But Adams, the Phillies' $12 million setup man, had not pitched in four days because of biceps tendinitis. On Tuesday afternoon at Target Field, he sought to prove his readiness if he would be needed later in the night.
September 10, 2012 |
THE NEW YORK Yankees escaped from Camden Yards with their lead in the AL East intact, and as a bonus, slugger Curtis Granderson worked his way out of a slump. Granderson came off the bench to hit his 35th homer and drive in five runs, and visiting New York beat the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, 13-3, to regain sole possession of first place in the division and earn an important split of the season series. Derek Jeter also homered for the Yankees, who lead the Orioles by one game with 22 left.
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.
September 19, 2011 |
The Twins, it seems, just can't win for losing. On the heels of losing former MVP Joe Mauer on Friday for the rest of the season because of pneumonia, the team announced Sunday that their other MVP, Justin Morneau , will likely be out for the rest of the season. Morneau has concussion symptoms and a cyst on his left knee that needs to be removed, meaning that the slugger would have played in only 69 games this season. Morneau, who missed two months because of neck surgery, hit .227 with four homers and 30 RBIs.
August 13, 2011 |
After being out for more than two months, first baseman Justin Morneau is back with the Twins, just in time for their long climb back to respectability. Minnesota, which was once thought to be a bona fide contender for the pennant, reinstated the 2009 AL MVP before Friday night's game at Cleveland. Morneau's return means the 52-65 Twins are finally nearing full strength. Morneau and fellow all-star Joe Mauer (another former MVP) have been the same lineup just nine of the last 198 games, including the playoffs.
May 4, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Francisco Liriano pitched the major league's first no-hitter of the season, throwing his first career complete game in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 victory over the White Sox last night. Liriano (2-4), who has played all six of his major league seasons with the Twins, struck out two and tied his career high with six walks. The 27-year-old lefthander threw 123 pitches in his 95th major league start. He survived a rocky ninth inning that began when Brent Morel grounded to shortstop and Matt Tolbert made a one-hop throw that first baseman Justin Morneau scooped.
April 15, 2011 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Carl Pavano pitched eight shutout innings for the Twins, but was denied the victory when closer Joe Nathan gave up a two-run double to Matt Joyce in the ninth. Minnesota regained the lead in the 10th on Danny Valencia's RBI single off Kyle Farnsworth (0-1). Sam Fuld singled with one out in Tampa Bay 10th off Matt Capps (1-1)