May 30, 2013
It looks as if help is finally coming to the Bronx. Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira and third baseman Kevin Youkilis could be coming off the disabled list in time for Friday's game vs. the Red Sox. "That's the plan," general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday. "In Tex's case, he really needed a spring training because he didn't have one. With Kevin, it was more like knocking the rust off. It'll be good to have them back healthy and at the big-league level, where they belong.
April 29, 2013
The Athletics activated slugger Yoenis Cespedes from a 15-day stint on the DL with a strained muscle in his left hand before Sunday's game against the Orioles, and he immediately went to work. Batting cleanup and playing left field, Cespedes went 2 for 5 including a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings. The A's are hoping he can give their slumping offense a boost. In just a little over a year in the bigs, he has had a remarkable impact on Oakland's lineup.
April 13, 2013 |
CLEVELAND - Another dangerous pitch has Carlos Carrasco in trouble again. The Cleveland Indians pitcher was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Friday for "intentionally throwing" at New York's Kevin Youkilis, the righthander's second penalty in two years for aiming at a hitter. The Indians acquired Carrasco in 2009 as part of the trade that sent Cy Young winner Cliff Lee to the Phillies. Carrasco had just completed serving a five-game suspension for a fastball thrown at Kansas City's Billy Butler in 2011 (Carrasco missed all of 2012 following elbow ligament-replacement surgery)
February 17, 2013
Kevin Youkilis had some explaining to do when he walked into the Yankees clubhouse on Friday. The third baseman made the back page of the New York Post and the Daily News for telling reporters at his first day of spring training: "I'll always be a Red Sox. " "I was basically defining that, as a player, I'll be a Red Sox, and a White Sox, and a Yankee for life," Youkilis explained. "Three storied franchises. I'm excited to be part of this, and be with the Yankees. "Trust me, there's no way that was meant to say my heart is in Boston or anything like that.
February 16, 2013 |
Ricky Nolasco is the ace of the Miami Marlins, but he didn't do anything to earn the honor; it was dropped in his lap. The Marlins decided in the offseason that one year of looking as if they were competing was good enough and sent away starting pitchers Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and Anibal Sanchez. (Not to mention shortstop Jose Reyes.) The purge has moved Nolasco to the top of the pitching heap in Miami, but it's one he'd rather not be perched upon. His $11.5 million salary is about one-quarter of the Marlins' entire payroll, and he requested a trade after the offseason moves.
February 15, 2013 |
KEVIN YOUKILIS agrees with Joba Chamberlain: Any tension between the new teammates is in the past. Youkilis took part in his first workout with the New York Yankees on Thursday and addressed past feuding with Chamberlain over tight fastballs. After Youkilis agreed to join the Yankees, the reliever left him a voice mail. Chamberlain said in January he had not heard back, then revealed earlier this month he had received a text. "You guys have written a lot about it, and I think it's just something you guys keep going on and on about," Youkilis told reporters Thursday.
June 26, 2012 |
The Red Sox traded away fan favorite Kevin Youkilis on Sunday, sending the slumping corner infielder to the White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and righthander Zach Stewart. Youkilis, 33, was told just days ago that emerging rookie Will Middlebrooks would be taking over at third, ending Youkilis' 81/2-year run with the Red Sox amid what is by far his worst professional season. The former all-star, who can play both corner infield spots, is a career .286 hitter with 133 homers and 563 RBIs.
June 2, 2012 |
ESPN.com says Boston general manager Ben Cherington has a message for all of those picturing Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis in Sedona red, black-and-silver, Dodger blue, or red pinstripes: Forget it. In an e-mail to WEEI.com on Friday, Cherington denied a CBSSports.com tweet that the Red Sox "definitely" intended to trade Youkilis, saying it was "inaccurate. " (OK, that sinks it, he's officially trade bait.) "It's our job to listen if teams have interest," Cherington wrote, saying that "some teams have checked in. " Youkilis, has a .313 average with two homers and a .903 OPS since coming off the disabled list with a back injury May 22. Among the teams reportedly interested are the Reds, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Dodgers - and your Phillies.
May 18, 2012
BOSTON - Boston should be burning. The Patriots cannot win the Big One, the Bruins got dumped in the first round and the Celtics are a series from being dismantled. None of which matters, because the Red Sox stink. Or stunk. This weekend, the Sox visit Philadelphia, lately Boston's mirror city, scratching to reach .500, desperate to keep sight of the rest of the American League East, crippled by injury. Sure looks like Tito and the Genius knew what they were doing.