March 22, 2013
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his injured right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks. The Dodgers said Thursday that an MRI indicated that a ligament in Ramirez's thumb was torn. Ramirez suffered the injury Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game. Ramirez was at third base when he suffered the injury. The Dodgers moved him to shortstop, his original position, after obtaining him from the Miami Marlins on July 25. Jeter play limited New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said shortstop Derek Jeter would play only in minor-league spring training games for the rest of spring training.
September 14, 2013 |
It may not be the World Series ring he really wants (and still has a kind of outside chance at getting), but the Washington Nationals found a way to give retiring manager Davey Johnson a nice going-away gift: pounding the heck out of those New York Mets. The Nats outhomered the Mets, 13-0, in a four-game sweep capped with a 7-2 win on Thursday afternoon - the 70-year-old Johnson's last game managing in New York. Johnson, who famously led the Mets to the 1986 World Series championship, is stepping down due to an aching back.
September 23, 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 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.
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 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.