March 25, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Here's the great part about Jimmy Rollins occasionally holding a metal bat atop City Hall during a lightning storm: The flash it produces often blinds us, temporarily at least, to some of the Phillies' other concerns of this enigmatic spring. Ryan Howard hit just his second home run the other day. Chase Utley is batting .196 with just one extra-base hit. And then there's Dom Brown. Until he doubled twice yesterday in the 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, Brown had just six hits in 38 at-bats and had whiffed 13 times.
March 16, 2014
Closer Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins agreed Friday to a four-year contract that guarantees the lefthander $22,175,000. Perkins had been due $4,975,000 this year and $3.75 million in 2015 under his previous deal, which included a $4.5 million team option for 2016 with a $300,000 buyout. His new contract calls for him to earn $4,025,000 this year, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2018 with a $700,000 buyout.
March 12, 2014 |
Sandy Koufax, the great Dodgers pitcher, took his religion seriously. Maybe he didn't attend services regularly, but he was infused with Jewish culture and tradition. When the first game of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins fell on Yom Kippur, Koufax was stricken - he never pitched on the holiest of days. He made the difficult decision to continue this observance, World Series or not. Besides, his fellow ace, Don Drysdale, was ready and able to carry the Dodgers.
January 17, 2014 |
A DAY BEFORE the process that would involve publicly exchanging numbers, Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies avoided arbitration altogether by coming to terms on a 1-year, $7.675 million deal last night. The contract includes award bonuses. Kendrick, 29, who can become a free agent after the 2014 season, was 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 starts in 2013. "I'm glad we got something worked out," said Kendrick, who already has begun working out regularly at the Phillies' facilities in Clearwater, Fla. "I'm looking forward to getting the season underway.
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.
July 10, 2013 |
AT 40 years old and 16 seasons into his major league career, Bartolo Colon thinks he's having a career season. Last night, Coco Crisp's speed helped preserve another win for Colon. Colon allowed one run over seven innings to outduel Jeff Locke as the visiting Oakland Athletics won for the ninth time in their past 12 games, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1, in a matchup of All-Star starters. Colon (12-3) moved into a tie for second in the majors in victories, and has the second-most wins by a 40-year-old in A's history.
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.
June 9, 2013 |
Boyertown's A.J. Bogucki, a hard-throwing senior righthander and North Carolina commit, was picked by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round (No. 920 overall) of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. "Obviously, it's pretty cool," the 18-year-old said late Saturday afternoon. "This doesn't happen to many high school players. " The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Bogucki mixes a fastball clocked in the high-80-m.p.h. range, slider, and change-up. His fastball has topped out at 93 m.p.h.
April 24, 2013 |
Here's a Monday score: Mother Nature 2, Major League Baseball 0. The game between the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies in Denver Monday night was postponed by a snowstorm - the third time in eight days that the white stuff has frozen out the summer pastime at Coors Field. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Twins were proactive, preemptively postponing their game against the Miami Marlins seven hours before game time, while it was still 45 degrees and way before a single flake could fall at Target Field.
April 24, 2013 |
IN 1984, Charlie Manuel was the manager for the Orlando Twins, the Minnesota Twins' Double A affiliate. The team wasn't very good - it finished 21 games under .500 - but then-40-year-old Manuel had a savvy, experienced starter in 27-year-old Jay Pettibone. "Sinker, slider [guy]," Manuel recalled on Monday afternoon. "He was smart. " In 1983, Pettibone had pitched in four games with the major league Twins. He also made 25 starts that summer and won 13 games. Thirty years later, Manuel would love to have the same dependability from Pettibone's son. Jonathan Pettibone, called up to fill John Lannan's place in the rotation this weekend, was that kind of pitcher on Day 1 of his big-league career.