December 16, 2014 |
The Chicago White Sox's stealth pursuit of free agent Melky Cabrera paid off when the former Blue Jays outfielder agreed to a three-year deal. MLB.com confirmed Sunday that the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42 million to $43.5 million, pending a physical. The move gives the Sox some much-needed on-base percentage from the left-field spot, and another table-setter to join Adam Eaton. They have been in discussions with the Mariners on Dayan Viciedo, who also had pursued Cabrera.
July 23, 2013
If you were wondering why Astros lefthander Erik Bedard departed in the seventh inning Saturday against the Mariners when he had a no-hitter going, the answer is that he had a high pitch count. Houston manager Bo Porter explained Sunday that the 34-year-old Bedard, who has had three shoulder surgeries, decided to remove himself because he had thrown 109 pitches. "Whenever you start to talk about health issues, I'm always one that leans toward the side of protecting the player," Porter said.
May 15, 2013 |
WHEN CLOSER Jim Johnson walks to the mound in the ninth inning with the Baltimore Orioles ahead, the outcome is all but decided. For 35 straight games, Johnson came through in save situations. On the 36th such occasion, the righthander finally gave a lead away. Chris Denorfia and Everth Cabrera hit two-out RBI singles off Johnson in the ninth, and the visiting San Diego Padres got a home run from Carlos Quentin in a 3-2 victory last night. After the Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Johnson (1-3)
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)
April 1, 2013
1. The Los Angeles Angels already had an unbelievable lineup, which included rising star Mike Trout, from Millville, N.J., and future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols. Now, they have a lineup for the ages with the addition of Josh Hamilton, the prized possession of the offseason. After a disappointing 2012 that included missing a playoff spot, you can bet the Angels are ready to go big. 2. No matter what happens, the New York Yankees will always be the center of attention in baseball.
September 22, 2012
What Major League Baseball and the players' union couldn't do, Melky Cabrera could - he reportedly disqualified himself from winning the National League batting title on Friday. The disgraced San Francisco Giants outfielder and 2012 All-Star Game MVP, serving a 50-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, has been stuck at a .346 batting average since being banned on Aug. 15, and was seven points up on the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen as of Friday. Cabrera has 501 plate appearances, one fewer than the required amount to win the title if the Giants play 162 games.
September 21, 2012
It took a lot of work, but the Orioles kept their extra-inning streak alive very early Wednesday morning. The O's won their 14th straight extra-inning game when pinch-hitter Taylor Teagarden hit an RBI single in the 18th inning to beat Seattle, 4-2. It's the longest such streak since the 1949 Indians won 19 in a row. Anyone in Baltimore who stayed awake to the very end had a difficult time at work Wednesday: It was a few minutes before 4...
August 25, 2012
Wednesday night was a tough one for Joe Girardi. The Yankees manager interrupted his own postgame interview to confront a shouting White Sox fan. As reported by the New York Post, the scene took place in the bowels of U.S. Cellular Field after New York's 2-1 loss. Reporters gathered around Girardi to discuss the Yankees' three-game sweep by the White Sox. Girardi fielded a question, when a voice emerged from behind the media throng - a fan talking trash about the Yankees.
August 17, 2012
Major League Baseball has caught up with another big-time cheater - All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera, who on Wednesday was suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for testosterone. Cabrera, who is in his first season with the Giants, had 51 hits in May, batting .429 with three homers, five triples, seven doubles, and 17 RBIs. For the season, Cabrera is batting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 RBIs. He is five hits shy of 1,000 in his big-league career. That is a great improvement from 2011, when he hit .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers, and 87 RBIs for the Kansas City Royals.
August 16, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games Wednesday following a positive test for testosterone, putting an abrupt end to what had been an MVP-caliber regular season and throwing the San Francisco Giants' playoff hopes into doubt. Cabrera leads the National League in hitting. His penalty was the first for a high-profile player since last year's NL MVP, Ryan Braun, had his suspension overturned by an arbitrator last winter. The Braun case led to revisions in the drug agreement between owners and the players' association to better define procedures for handling the urine samples.