October 10, 1988 |
One day in early April, Dennis Eckersley and Bob Welch were getting in some pregame jogging. Suddenly, Welch turned to Eckersley and offered a prediction. "He told me I was going to get 49 saves this year," Eckersley said. "Can you believe that?" What was Eckersley's response? "I told him he was out of his mind. " That was April, and most people would have agreed with Eckersley then. This is October, and suddenly, Welch looks like Kreskin. The A's completed a four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series yesterday with a 4-1 victory.
May 24, 1993 |
After the cameras had recorded their emotions and words, Sixers general manager Jimmy Lynam and Orlando GM Pat Williams turned toward each other and hugged like teammates. In a sense, they were. By lucking out big-time yesterday afternoon with his second consecutive No. 1 pick in the NBA draft lottery, Williams allowed for the likelihood of the Sixers getting the player they wanted, minus the hassles of media and fan second-guessing. Barring a trade that Williams himself called "very unlikely," and barring a sudden infatuation with a twin-towers concept or an unexpected problem with salary restructuring, the Magic will draft a power forward, probably Michigan's Chris Webber, or maybe, just maybe, Kentucky's Jamal Mashburn.
September 27, 1995 |
The Seattle Mariners are closing the season the way every team hopes it can. They are also on the verge of closing out the California Angels. "Earlier in the season, everything was going right for them," Tino Martinez said yesterday after the Mariners reduced their magic number to winning the American League West to three with a 10-2 victory over the Angels. "Now, it seems like everything is going right for us. " The M's got home runs from Jay Buhner and Ken Griffey Jr. They have a three-game lead over the Angels, losers of 27 of 36, with five games left on the schedule.
September 5, 2008 |
The Los Angeles Angels showed the Detroit Tigers what playoff teams look like. Torii Hunter homered to back Ervin Santana, and the visiting Angels beat the Tigers, 7-1, yesterday to cut their magic number to six for clinching their fourth AL West title in five seasons. Santana (15-5) struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run and six hits. "He's as consistent as any pitcher I've seen," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's approaching 30 starts, and he's throwing as well as he did in start five or six. " Santana, who won his first six decisions this year, is 4-0 in seven starts since July 27. "It's about working hard," he said.
February 2, 1987 |
The Glen Mills Bulls hit more than 60 points twice last week, and the number was more than adequate for two wins. On Friday, the visiting Bulls stopped Del-Val League opponent Academy Park 61-56. Two days earlier, they traveled to Unionville, where they defeated the Indians, 62-50, in a nonleague game. The contest against Academy Park gives the Bulls four wins against three losses in the Del-Val. Overall, Glen Mills is 9-4. "It was a tough, close ball game. Academy Park is a much better team than its record indicates," said Craig Mellinger, the Bulls' assistant coach.
February 5, 1986 |
Villanova coach Rollie Massimino started conducting an All-America campaign for Harold Pressley last night. It was the least he could do for the 6-7 senior forward, who has been carrying this young team toward its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. Pressley scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked 6 shots and had 4 steals and 4 assists in 37 minutes as Villanova defeated an injury-plagued Boston College team, 67-57, in a Big...
March 4, 1993 |
Not long after Carl Mancini wrapped up his second straight Catholic League individual wrestling championship, the Bishop Egan senior began focusing on his next two goals: winning the National Prep Schools title and getting his 100th career victory. The math was simple enough. He would need six more victories, which was exactly the number of consecutive wins needed to secure the 125-pound title at Lehigh University last weekend. "I also could have gotten them if I had gone to the quarterfinals, lost and wrestled back," Mancini said.
April 11, 2010 |
In a game where the numbers mean so much, 100 regular-season wins will always represent something magical and rank among the game's special feats. Consider this: Since 1900, baseball's 30 existing teams have played a total of 2,234 seasons, and only 93 teams - 4.2 percent - have won at least 100 regular-season games. (Major League Baseball switched from a 154-game schedule to 162 in 1961 in the American League and 1962 in the National League.) The Phillies, in the midst of their own magical three-year run, have a chance to join that list of elite teams this season for two big reasons: talent and confidence.
September 8, 1995 |
Just one more win, and the Cleveland Indians will have formally put an end to four decades of bad baseball. Symbols of futility since the 1950s, the Indians clinched a tie for the American League Central championship last night with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners. With one more win, or one more Kansas City loss, the Indians will win the division outright. They've already ensured themselves of at least a wild-card berth, guaranteeing their first postseason appearance since they were swept by the New York Giants in the 1954 World Series.
September 23, 2009 |
Joel Pineiro allowed five hits in seven effective innings, Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals inched closer to the NL Central title last night with an 11-2 win over the Houston Astros. Colby Rasmus added a solo shot as the visiting Cardinals reduced their magic number for clinching the division to two. Pineiro (15-11) struck out four and threw only 87 pitches to win for the first time in four starts. The Astros have dropped nine in a row, their longest skid since losing 10 straight in May 2007.