April 4, 2015
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his major- league career. The Tigers said Thursday the 32-year-old righthander won't be on the active roster for the opener Monday against Minnesota because of tightness in his right triceps. He was scratched from his Thursday start and no timetable has been announced for when he will pitch again. "I don't think this is going to be a long-term issue," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "After throwing yesterday, he said he felt as good or better today.
March 13, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cesar Hernandez is out of minor-league options, meaning this is a make-or-break spring for the 24-year-old competing for a Phillies bench spot. With Chase Utley still working his way back from a right- ankle sprain, Hernandez has gotten extra playing time at second base through the first nine games of Grapefruit League play. Manager Ryne Sandberg likes Hernandez's ability to switch-hit as well as his range and defense in the field. "It is a big spring for him," Sandberg said.
December 11, 2014 |
NOTE TO VISITING CELEBS: If there's one way to get Philadelphians to love you, it's to publicly disparage any football team that is not the Eagles. Yesterday, comedian Chris Rock , a brilliant man, started his introduction of his new movie, "Top Five," with a rousing "Go Eagles. F--- the Ravens. " The crowd at the Ritz Five went wild. Of course, the next stop on Rock's five-city promotional blitz was Baltimore, where he tweeted, "You guys were great. " Could it be that Rock was being insincere about his distaste for the Ravens in order to promote his movie?
July 4, 2014 |
Brooms were out in force Wednesday, with eight teams completing series sweeps, including the Toronto Blue Jays over the Milwaukee Brewers on Edwin Encarnacion's game-ending three-run homer. The other sweeps were Detroit over Oakland, Tampa Bay over the Yankees, Seattle over Houston, San Diego over Cincinnati, Washington over Colorado, Atlanta over the Mets, and the Cubs over the Red Sox. The eight sweeps approached the nine sweeps of series of at least two games on May 30, 2013, Michael Hughes of the Elias Sports Bureau said.
March 28, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lefthander Cliff Lee completed a dominant performance in spring training Wednesday in his last start before his opening-day assignment. Lee allowed one run on six hits in five innings during a 1-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Bright House Field. "I have felt good the whole time, and spring training for me is over now and it is on to the real games," Lee said. "I am looking forward to it. " Lee will pitch Monday against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Although it's dangerous to get too caught up in spring-training statistics, Lee had a 2.55 ERA in 242/3 innings.
March 6, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Nights like last night can make a man think about getting a little skin in the game. Most online sports books are offering 60-to-1 odds on the Phillies winning the 2014 World Series, and when you watch Cliff Lee walk to the clubhouse with a 3-1 lead against Toronto's R.A. Dickey, you can't help but think. You know . . . There are plenty of good reasons why you can get these kinds of odds. They are the same reasons why the Phillies regular-season over/under is currently 76.5 wins at Bovada.com.
January 15, 2014 |
SUPER-DUPER model Kate Upton was in Philadelphia this weekend with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Detroit Tiger Justin Verlander , who was in town for core-muscle surgery last week. I hear that on Friday the duo hit up the Melting Pot (1219 Filbert St.) and on Saturday they chose Del Frisco's (1426-28 Chestnut St.). My tipster says that Upton and Verlander and three others sat in the mezzanine and that she kept it low-key, opting for not much makeup. Many people dining near her didn't even recognize her. I hear Upton and party dined on the calamari and the cheesesteak dumplings, as well as a bottle of cab that got dropped off at the table.
July 16, 2013 |
JOSH DONALDSON performed like an All-Star, though he'll be spending his break somewhere other than Citi Field in New York. Donaldson homered, then blooped an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning as the Oakland Athletics beat visiting Boston, 3-2, yesterday despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman. "I got jammed and was able to dink it in," Donaldson said. "It was awesome. " He heads into the break hitting .310 with 16 homers and 61 RBI. Numbers only AL All-Star third basemen Miguel Cabrera and backup Manny Machado can rival.
July 16, 2013
Pittsburgh pitcher Mark Melancon was picked Sunday as a replacement for the National League all-star team, giving the Pirates five players in the game for the first time since 1972. National League manager Bruce Bochy also selected Sergio Romo, his Giants closer, as a replacement pick Sunday along with Braves catcher Brian McCann, who will replace teammate Freddie Freeman, who's out with a jammed left thumb. Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke and Nationals righthander Jordan Zimmermann, who also were on the original NL all-star roster, are hurt and will miss Tuesday night's game at New York's Citi Field.
May 1, 2013 |
TIM HUDSON was a dual threat in his 200th career win, combining with Anthony Varvaro on a three-hitter while hitting a homer and a double to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 win over the visiting Washington Nationals last night. Hudson (3-1) dominated the Nationals through seven innings, striking out six and walking two while giving up one run. One of the three hits he allowed was an infield single by Denard Span. Hudson's bat almost stole the night. He led off the second with a double to leftfield off Gio Gonzalez (2-2)