December 20, 2008 |
Dock Ellis, the former pitcher best remembered for his flamboyance and social activism as a member of the great Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the 1970s, died yesterday of a liver ailment in California, according to a report on ESPN.com. Ellis' former agent, Tom Reich, confirmed his death. Ellis was 63. Ellis spent 12 years in the majors with Pittsburgh, the New York Yankees, Oakland, Texas and the New York Mets. He retired in 1979 with a record of 138-119, but was best known for several colorful incidents on and off the field.
October 16, 2009 |
LOS ANGELES - Not sure whether the Phillies can win seven more this way, but, in October, you just keep trying to get outs however you can get outs. The Phillies got enough of them at the right time and got two home runs at perfect times. It was enough, barely, to win Game 1 of the National League Championship Seies against the Dodgers, 8-6, last night. Charlie Manuel used just about everybody he had in his bullpen. There were a few shaky moments, but every time a Phillies reliever absolutely had to get an out at Dodger Stadium, he got an out. There was J.A. Happ, protecting a one-run lead in the sixth, getting Rafael Furcal to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded.
April 17, 2008 |
The way he was going and getting quick outs, Brandon Webb thought for sure he would finish the game. Webb pitched another gem and, for the first time, has begun a season by winning his first four starts. Barry Zito, on the other hand, has lost his opening four starts for the first time. Webb and the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks beat Zito's San Francisco Giants, 4-1, yesterday in a matchup featuring a pair of former Cy Young Award winners who seem to be headed in different directions.
October 13, 2008 |
Scrap the clubhouse speeches Manny Ramirez, Derek Lowe and Joe Torre would have been making if the Phillies had won Game 3 about how the 2004 Red Sox came back from a three-game deficit to beat Torre's Yankees and reach the World Series. The Dodgers took Game 3, and if they win today behind No. 1 pitcher Derek Lowe, the seven-game National League Championship Series becomes a best-of-three. The Dodgers won the way they often have lately, with a team that does not much resemble the injury-ridden club that struggled to score earlier in the season.
May 14, 2009 |
Rich Dubee believes that Jamie Moyer's mind, not his body, will dictate when the 46-year-old lefthander retires. Moyer is already pitching at an unlikely age and throwing his fastball about 80 m.p.h.; in a sense, his physical gifts began to wane long ago, and his intelligence has carried him to late-career success. "As long as he remains committed, I don't see why he would have to stop," the Phillies' pitching coach said last week, before Moyer's ugly loss to the New York Mets.
July 2, 2009 |
Instead of the parade of taxis that usually delivers visiting players to the loading dock entrance at Milwaukee's Miller Park, the New York Mets rode in together on a bus from their hotel. If they haven't been playing as a team lately, they at least could arrive as one. Ryan Church couldn't recall ever riding to a game on a team bus in his career. Francisco Rodriguez said it was "a little weird. " "A little bonding time with everybody," starter Mike Pelfrey said. Maybe it was a coincidence, but the Mets went on to break a season-worst five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory yesterday despite a career-high 12 strikeouts from Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo.
July 10, 2009 |
Manny Ramirez hit a pair of RBI singles to key an early outburst last night against struggling starter Livan Hernandez, and Randy Wolf pitched the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers past the New York Mets, 11-2, last night for his first win in eight outings. Dropped to seventh in the batting order, slumping All-Star Orlando Hudson responded with a three-run double that capped a four-run first inning. Leadoff man Rafael Furcal had three hits and scored three times, and the Dodgers cruised to an easy victory that boosted baseball's best record to 54-31.
July 8, 2004 |
A night after seeing their 10-game winning streak snapped, the Pittsburgh Pirates began another. Oliver Perez outpitched All-Star Carl Pavano, and the visiting Pirates beat the Florida Marlins, 4-3, last night. The Pirates scored three unearned runs in the fifth to help Perez win his second consecutive start. Before that, he was winless since May 13. Pittsburgh threw out the potential tying run at the plate to end the seventh inning on a strong relay from leftfielder Rob Mackowiak to third baseman Bobby Hill.
September 22, 2006 |
Olmedo Saenz hit a two-run homer and host Los Angeles Dodgers scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk to beat Pittsburgh last night, 5-2, avoiding what would have been a crushing three-game sweep. The victory gave the Dodgers a half-game lead over the idle Phillies in the NL wild-card race and kept them a half-game behind the West Division-leading San Diego Padres, who beat Arizona. The Pirates' next three games are at San Diego, while the Dodgers host the Diamondbacks. Rookie Chad Billingsley (6-4)
December 17, 2005 |
Nomar Garciaparra met for several hours with Los Angeles Dodgers executives and is expected to decide soon on his future. Garciaparra, 32, also is considering the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros, but the Dodgers might have an advantage because Garciaparra and his wife, former soccer star Mia Hamm, live in suburban Manhattan Beach. Garciaparra played under recently hired Dodgers manager Grady Little in 2002-03 with the Boston Red Sox and was teammates with pitcher Derek Lowe and third baseman Bill Mueller in Boston.