August 9, 2015 |
SAN DIEGO - On the last day that Adam Loewen had played in the major leagues, the Phillies won their 102d game of the 2011 season. The last time Loewen had pitched in the major leagues, Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux were still part of big-league rotations. But there was the 6-foot-6 lefthander on Friday afternoon at Petco Park, settling into a locker stall in the visitors' clubhouse. A circuitous route back to the majors surely made the call the 30-year-old Canadian received on Thursday from the Phillies all the more rewarding.
July 16, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - Mike Trout's first career All-Star Game at-bat, in 2012 at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, resulted in a single to center field. His first at-bats in each of his next two All-Star Games ended in a double and triple, respectively. So it was only fitting for baseball's best all-around player to complete his de facto All-Star Game cycle on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park, sending the fourth pitch of the 86th midsummer classic the opposite way and over the right-field wall.
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes did not earn an all-star berth, but he hit like a star in the Home Run Derby. Cespedes beat Washington outfielder Bryce Harper in the final to win Monday's competition at Citi Field. In the third and final round, Cespedes hit nine home runs to eight for Harper to win the event. Cespedes clinched the win with a shot to deep center. He still had five of his 10 outs remaining when he clinched it. The finalists advanced with the highest cumulative total in the first two rounds.
July 12, 2013 |
IT WAS HARD to tell who was happier when Joshua Phegley's sixth-inning grand slam cleared the fence - Phegley himself, or the pitcher who would benefit from those four runs. Phegley's drive gave Chris Sale some long-awaited offensive support, and visiting Chicago went on to beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-3, yesterday in a game that included a bench-clearing altercation shortly after the White Sox took the lead. Sale was 0-6 in his previous seven starts despite an ERA of 3.10 over that span.
October 30, 2012 |
KUNG FU PANDA, The Freak, The Beard and all their seed-throwing buddies are on top of baseball - again. They may be under the radar, unappreciated and unexpected. But they're unassailable, the winner of two World Series titles in the last 3 years. Their sweep of the Detroit Tigers, completed Sunday night with a 4-3, 10-inning win, was historic. No National League team had swept a World Series since the 1990 Cincinnati Reds. No NL team had won twice in a 3-year span since the Big Red Machine in 1975-76.
October 27, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Gregor Blanco's bunt single dribbled about halfway down the third base line and stopped inches fair, next to the white chalk. Several Tigers stood over the ball, almost in disbelief. The San Francisco Giants are getting all the good bounces so far this World Series, and they're in control largely because of them. Blanco reached on that perfect bunt in the seventh inning, and the Giants went ahead moments later on Brandon Crawford's bases-loaded double-play ball.
October 11, 2012 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - Brett Anderson outdueled fellow playoff first-timer Anibal Sanchez and received stellar defense all over the diamond, and the upstart Oakland Athletics avoided another playoff sweep by Detroit, beating the Tigers, 2-0, Tuesday night in their American League division series. The A's cut their deficit in the best-of-five matchup to two games to one. Coco Crisp saved a likely home run by Prince Fielder with a leaping catch at the top of the center-field wall in the second - and the A's will play another day in this improbable season full of remarkable rallies.
October 8, 2012 |
AL ALBURQUERQUE reached out and snagged a sharp grounder to the mound - then planted a little kiss on the ball before tossing it to first. The relieved reliever gave his Detroit teammates a reason to laugh in the ninth inning of a tight game. Moments later, the Tigers were celebrating. Don Kelly scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the eighth, then hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth that lifted the Tigers over the visiting Oakland Athletics, 5-4, Sunday for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five AL Division Series.
July 20, 2012 |
Here's a sight sure to chill an infielder's blood: Detroit's massive Prince Fielder chugging his way into second trying to stretch a single and sliding in ahead of the tag. The Tigers slugger did just that in the second inning of a 5-1 win over the Angels on Thursday and in the process knocked Los Angeles second baseman Maicer Izturis into a snack bar on the mezzanine of Comerica Park. Fielder later scored Detroit's first run on a Jhonny Peralta double. "I gave myself a little headache," Fielder said of the play after the game.
January 27, 2012 |
DETROIT - Saying "dreams come true," Prince Fielder was introduced yesterday by the Detroit Tigers. Fielder appeared at a news conference at Comerica Park after finalizing a $214 million, 9-year contract, the fourth-largest deal in baseball history. "This is awesome," Fielder said. "I just never thought this could happen. " With Detroit desperate to win its first World Series title since 1984, the big first baseman will combine with Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers perhaps the most formidable Nos. 3-4 hitters in the major leagues.