December 3, 2014 |
THE SEATTLE Mariners are on the verge of landing the righthanded slugger they were seeking for the middle of their batting order. Free agent slugger Nelson Cruz and Seattle are nearing agreement on a contract, two people with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press yesterday. The pair spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized and was still pending a physical. El Caribe , in the Dominican Republic, first reported the agreement, saying it was worth $57 million for 4 years.
October 16, 2014 |
WHILE THE Phillies' ruling triumvirate has given itself plenty of votes of confidence during the organization's 3-years-and-counting swan dive, it has yet to offer a compelling reason to believe that its long-term plan involves anything more comprehensive than a new scouting director and a click of the heels. Granted, the public equivocations of David Montgomery, Pat Gillick and Ruben Amaro Jr. are not definitive evidence of the absence of such a plan. They have their stadium and their cable contract, and thus little motivation to sell the public on their blueprint for the future.
June 6, 2014 |
THERE IS a good chance that, at some point over the next few months, you will find yourself in a conversation with a Phillies fan who attempts to downplay the ugliness that awaits this organization in the coming seasons. That fan will invoke the mighty dollar, regurgitating the numbers that he or she has heard or read during the last year or so. Franchises like the Phillies do not rebuild. They blow up the roster, clear the debris, and start writing checks all over again. Look at the Red Sox. Look at the Yankees.
July 17, 2013 |
Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, who will be a member of the American League team for Tuesday's All-Star Game, had his name punched on more than two million of the fan ballots used to select the starting lineups. In fact, he received exactly 2,258,797 votes, which wasn't quite enough to earn him an automatic outfield spot, but he was added to the roster nevertheless in deference to his 22 home runs and 69 runs batted in this season. More than two million people - or one very dedicated Nelson Cruz fan more than two million times - decided he was a guy they wanted to see represent his team and the game on one of the biggest nights of the season.
September 4, 2012 |
JOE SAUNDERS began pondering perfection just one inning into his latest start. Saunders and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and the charging Baltimore Orioles blanked host Toronto, 4-0, Monday, cutting their AL East deficit to one game. "[Saunders] was the difference today," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. The Orioles, who took two of three at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, moved even closer to New York. The Yankees lost, 4-3, at Tampa Bay. J.J. Hardy drove in two runs as the Orioles won for the eighth time in 10 games.
May 9, 2012 |
BRANDON SNYDER homered and had a career-high six RBI against his former team, and the visiting Texas Rangers beat Baltimore, 14-3, Monday night to end the Orioles' five-game winning streak. Snyder, the Orioles' top draft choice in 2005, hit a two-run single in the second inning, a three-run drive in the sixth and an RBI single during a seven-run ninth. He played in only 16 games with Baltimore before the Rangers got him for cash considerations in January. "I'm probably going to have to wake up tomorrow and read something to make sure it happened," Snyder said.
October 26, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - On the eve of the World Series, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch celebrated 10 world titles, 18 pennants, and a century or more as a bona-fide baseball town by rolling out a fat special section under the theme, "Tradition. " Meanwhile, if you had piled up all the Rangers highlights from four decades in Texas, it wouldn't have filled a pamphlet. And yet here the Rangers are in St. Louis, baseball mecca, only one win away from a championship. They come back from an embarrassing, record-setting loss to win two straight and take the Series lead.
October 22, 2011 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - When Mike Napoli was playing for the other team, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler had a serious dislike for him. Sure, a lot of that had to do with Napoli playing for a division opponent for five years before he became part of a World Series team in Texas. There was also the way Napoli flipped his bat after hitting a home run or how the top button of his Angels jersey was often undone. "I would never tell you last year I would probably enjoy having him in the clubhouse," Kinsler said.
October 17, 2011 |
NELSON CRUZ already had his name etched in the 2011 AL Championship Series MVP trophy before he came to the plate in the seventh inning of Game 6. But when you have established yourself as the Texas Rangers' version of Mr. October and carry a "boomstick" and fire fake guns in the air after a big play, you have to leave the fans with something they'll remember in the clinching game. So with the Rangers already leading the Detroit Tigers', 13-4, Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, Cruz got a first-pitch, split-fingered fastball from Brad Penny and deposited it into the leftfield seats.
October 16, 2011 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Nelson Cruz and the Texas Rangers are headed to their second straight World Series, finishing off the Detroit Tigers to become the American League's first repeat champion in a decade. Cruz set a postseason record with his sixth home run of the series, Michael Young hit a pair of two-run doubles in a nine-run third inning, and the Rangers romped to a 15-5 win Saturday night that clinched the AL pennant in six games. They'll open the World Series on Wednesday night at either St. Louis or Milwaukee, seeking the first title in the history of a franchise that started play in 1961.