March 17, 2013 |
It will be a Dutch treat for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic - the only games that count for anything right now - after Wandy Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and three relievers completed a three-hitter in a 2-0 win over Puerto Rico in Miami on Saturday. Carlos Santana homered in the fifth and Francisco Pena knocked in an insurance run with a single in the eighth for the Dominicans. Both teams had already qualified for the semifinals in San Francisco, and were playing for seedings.
March 7, 2012 |
Never reluctant to stick his nose into somebody else's business, super-agent Scott Boras said the owners of the New York Mets are hurting baseball and should sell the team. Boras even pretended he gave a hoot about the poor deprived Mets fans, when he really wants a big-wallet owner in the nation's biggest market, who will join in the bidding for his free-agent clients. (Do you really think he wanted Ryan Madson to land in Upper Kentucky, a.k.a. Cincinnati?) Boras began his campaign a month ago, quipping that the Mets and Dodgers "used to shop in the steaks aisle and now they're in the fruits and nuts section.
March 20, 2014
Former Phillie Vance Worley allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in Minnesota's 11-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Fort Myers, Fla. Worley's spring ERA rose to 13.50, and he didn't get through the third inning. He is battling for the Twins' final rotation spot. Niese returns Jonathon Niese was relieved to be back at spring training with the New York Mets after receiving a relatively good medical report. The lefthander had an MRI exam of his pitching elbow in New York on Monday, and the scan revealed he had some inflammation but no damage.
May 27, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Severino Gonzalez, who has seen two of his four major-league starts end without a strikeout, began his outing Monday against the New York Mets on a curious run. Each of the 22-year-old righthander's first seven outs for the Phillies were recorded via strikeouts. Juan Lagares stood looking at an 89-m.p.h. fastball. Wilmer Flores and Anthony Recker swung through low-90s heaters. Michael Cuddyer, Danny Muno and Bartolo Colon each whiffed on sliders. Curtis Granderson struck out swinging on a sinker to lead off the third.
April 16, 2013 |
It's a good time to reflect on what's great about sports and athletics - how we are lifted up and reminded of the better part of our nature. So runners can challenge themselves to run 26.2 miles and we gather to cheer their acomplishment - and no murderous act, for whatever addled motive, can do anything other than redouble our appreciation and strengthen the resolve to strive for our best. So a baseball player can change his society by playing the game at the highest athletic standard, while gracefully dealing with racist vitriol and disparagement.
September 21, 2013 |
It's been an up and down season for Jimmy Rollins, but the Phillies shortstop is finishing the year strong. Rollins entered Friday's game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park hitting .433 (13 for 30) with eight runs scored and six walks in his previous eight games. Overall, he entered Friday batting .252 with 6 home runs, 38 RBIs, and 60 runs scored. "I would love for my season to have gone better, but it kind of went along with what the team did," Rollins said before the game.
March 6, 2016
No double switch here: the Milwaukee Brewers say it's still the same Hank the dog. The Brewers confirmed that the team's furry, four-legged mascot is the same bichon frise mix that walked on to the team's spring training complex in Phoenix two years ago. Recent social media-fueled rumors speculated that the Brewers had weaved a tale of deceit because of dramatic changes in Hank's appearance. But times have changed since Hank joined the club as a malnourished stray. Hank has been adopted by a team executive.
April 27, 2012 |
FOR JUSTIN Turner and the New York Mets, this was a true walk-off win. Turner drew a bases-loaded walk in a sensational 13-pitch at-bat and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Mets rallied past Heath Bell and the Miami Marlins, 3-2, Thursday. Pitching for the first time in a week, and working in a steady drizzle, Bell (0-3) couldn't find the plate and sent the Marlins to their fifth straight loss. The All-Star closer walked four and threw a whopping 46 pitches.
December 1, 2012 |
David Wright and the New York Mets agreed Friday to a $138 million, eight-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The deal, the richest in franchise history, replaces Wright's $16 million salary for next season and includes $122 million in new money, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet final. A homegrown fan favorite and the face of the franchise, Wright is the club's career leader in several major offensive categories including hits, RBIs, runs and walks.
September 3, 2015 |
NEW YORK - About five hours before the game Tuesday night at Citi Field, Pete Mackanin sat at his desk in the visiting manager's office and prepared to draw up the Phillies lineup. Searching for anything to change his team's fortunes against the division rival New York Mets, he eschewed his customary black calligraphy pen and instead picked out a green one. "Just to change something," Mackanin said. "We've got to look for any way we can to beat these guys. " Whether it was different-colored ink or Darin Ruf's first career six-RBI game that made the difference, the Phillies snapped their wretched 10-game losing streak against the Mets.