July 31, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Regardless of whether he is consumed with it or if he's able to ignore it altogether, Kyle Kendrick is auditioning each time he takes the mound in the final 2 months of the season. Scouts are obviously out and about this time of year to help their respective teams find players to help for the stretch run and postseason. But they also have an eye on players like Kendrick who will become free agents this winter. They'll watch those players, too, and file reports that will go a long way into determining whether their front office will pursue that player in November, December and January.
March 2, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The cut fastball slipped from Kyle Kendrick's right hand. Carlos Ruiz leaped from his crouch to snare it. An audible, "Whoa!" emanated Friday afternoon from the Bright House Field crowd to signal an inauspicious beginning to the most important season of Kendrick's career. "I don't think I'll walk two guys again this spring," Kendrick later declared. The 29-year-old righthander is on the precipice of free agency, and he views it as motivation for 2014. A sizable payday awaits Kendrick if he makes 30 starts this season and remains a stable force at the back of the Phillies rotation.
May 16, 2013 |
RAUL IBANEZ was more than happy to turn those welcome back calls of "Ra-uuul!" into a good old Bronx cheer. Ibanez again treated Yankee Stadium as his personal playground, hitting a grand slam and two-run homer last night to help the Seattle Mariners rout New York, 12-2. "I can't tell that much of a difference even though when you hear it, depending on how you're doing, you know," Ibanez said with a sly smile. Ibanez' slam came during a seven-run first inning. Yankees backup shortstop Alberto Gonzalez got the final out in the ninth inning in his first professional pitching appearance.
April 26, 2013 |
It was at the height of the mango season in west Kenya that Phil Hughes saw a way to bend the future. He was a Peace Corps volunteer at the time, 10 years ago. And the mangoes were, well, awesome - creamily lush and sweet, a variety called Ngowe, indigenous to Zanzibar, reddish-yellow. They were beautiful things. Hughes is not an animated speaker. But over a salad at the Reading Terminal Market one recent afternoon, he was getting worked up recalling his days in Africa. "Most of the year you can't get mangoes.
April 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Clay Buchholz chilled the Yankees' bats, and Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first major-league hit as the Boston Red Sox beat the Yankees, 7-4, on a cold Wednesday night to open a season with consecutive wins for the first time since 1999. Righthander Hiroki Kuroda became the latest Yankee to get hurt, leaving in the second inning with a 2-0 deficit, four batters after Shane Victorino's line drive bruised the middle finger of his pitching hand. While the Red Sox under new manager John Farrell are off to their best start since going 5-0 in 1999, New York has been outscored by 15-6 and outhit by 26-15.
March 29, 2013 |
THE PHILLIES have the fifth-highest value among Major League Baseball franchises, according to Forbes magazine, which estimates their worth at $893 million. Forbes estimated the New York Yankees have the highest value for the 16th straight year at $2.3 billion, up from last year's $1.85 billion. It also reported that the average for an MLB team increased by 23 percent in the last year to $744 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers are second at $1.62 billion, nearly $400 million below the price paid for the team last May when a group headed by Mark Walter, Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson bought the franchise from Frank McCourt.
March 28, 2013
Tim McCarver will make his 55th straight season of Major League Baseball his last. The two-time champion catcher will call the World Series this year and then retire from his analyst job at Fox. "I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and proud of the job I've done," the 71-year-old McCarver said during a conference call Wednesday. His health is good, McCarver said. So are his passion and energy for the game. It was just time. "It's not a tough call," he said.
February 21, 2013 |
New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes could be sidelined for two weeks because of a bulging disk that will be treated with anti-inflammatory medication. "I'm convinced I'll be symptom-free in the next four or five days," Hughes said Wednesday. "I felt like I was kind of ahead of the game with my throwing. I threw a bunch of bullpens before I got here, and, thankfully, it's early enough in spring. It's a setback, but I still have a lot of time to get it right. " Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said it could be two weeks before Hughes could resume throwing off a mound.
January 17, 2013 |
ALEX RODRIGUEZ had surgery on his left hip Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break. The New York Yankees said Dr. Bryan Kelly repaired a torn labrum and impingement and the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York "went as planned and without complication. " The 37-year-old third baseman is expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday and the anticipated time for a full recovery is 6 months. The Yankees signed free agent Kevin Youkilis this offseason to play third base while Rodriguez is out. Also, righthander Phil Hughes and the Yankees agreed to a $7.15 million, 1-year contract, a raise of $3.75 million.
October 17, 2012 |
DETROIT - Justin Verlander took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the New York Yankees, 2-1, Tuesday night for a three-games-to-none lead in the AL Championship Series. Phil Coke gave up consecutive singles with two outs in the ninth before striking out postseason star Raul Ibanez for his second save in two games. Verlander allowed only a pair of singles by Ichiro Suzuki and a leadoff homer by Eduardo Nunez in the ninth. Delmon Young hit a solo home run for the Tigers, and Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double.