September 22, 2009 |
Astros jettison Cooper The latest victim of inflated front-office expectations and underperforming players is Houston's Cecil Cooper. Astros general manager Ed Wade fired the manager yesterday with 13 games left and put third-base coach Dave Clark in charge. Houston had lost seven straight, matching its worst skid of the season. Cooper is the fourth skipper to get tossed overboard this season - all in the National League. Arizona dismissed Bob Melvin on May 7, Colorado replaced Clint Hurdle on May 29, and Washington fired Manny Acta on July 13. The Astros were 70-79 before last night's game and are probably on the way to their third losing season since 1991.
June 15, 2006 |
As a pitcher and also as a hitter, Roy Oswalt got rid of the rust quickly. "Roy for just coming off the disabled list looked pretty good," the Chicago Cubs' Phil Nevin said after Oswalt pitched and batted the visiting Houston Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Cubs last night. Oswalt returned from the 15-day disabled list to get his first win since May 3 and the visiting Houston Astros collected 11 hits off Greg Maddux. Oswalt (6-3), who'd been out with a strained back and hadn't pitched since May 29, allowed eight hits and three runs in six innings.
September 2, 2005 |
Andruw Jones gave his MVP campaign another boost, leading off the bottom of the 10th inning with a towering homer that lifted the Atlanta Braves, 8-7, over the Washington Nationals last night. The Braves squandered a 7-1 lead before salvaging a split of the four-game series with their NL East rival. The crowd chanted "MVP! MVP! MVP!" as Jones led off the 10th. Luis Ayala (8-7) got ahead in the count 1-2, then tried to blow a high fastball by him. Jones sent a drive toward the seats in left-center, the ball seeming to hang up forever as he trotted down the first-base line, watching its flight.
September 22, 2005 |
What began as an easy night turned into a struggle for the Houston Astros. Lance Berkman hit his 20th homer and drove in five runs as the visiting Houston Astros built an 8-0 lead and then held off the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-8, last night. It was the seventh win in eight games for Houston, which has a two-game lead over the Phillies in the NL wild-card race. Berkman hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning and Mike Lamb hit a three-run homer in a four-run second as the Astros moved 14 games over .500 (83-69)
April 2, 2003 |
Jeff Kent hit a home run in his first at-bat for Houston and Jeff Bagwell homered twice as the Astros won their season opener last night, 10-4 over the visiting Colorado Rockies. Roy Oswalt pitched seven strong innings for the win and the Astros roughed up NL Rookie of the Year Jason Jennings in their first home opener since their stadium was renamed Minute Maid Park. Kent, the 2000 NL MVP, helped lead San Francisco to the World Series last year. He signed an $18.2 million, 2-year contract with the Astros in the offseason, joining Bagwell and Lance Berkman in the middle of a powerful lineup.
September 28, 2004 |
The San Francisco Giants fan who caught Barry Bonds' 700th homer is being sued by another man who says he was the rightful owner of the prized ball, which he maintains was stolen from him during a mad scramble. According to a restraining order to be filed in state court today, Timothy Murphy said Steve Williams stole the historic blast from him during a melee in the left-centerfield bleachers at SBC Park on Sept. 17. Williams said in an interview that he did not steal the ball, but found it at the bottom of the heap of people.
August 8, 2012
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he's put behind him Roy Oswalt's decision not to pitch a third inning of relief and sees no need to discuss it with the former starter. Oswalt told Washington after throwing 30 pitches in the seventh and eighth innings Sunday that he couldn't continue. The Rangers lost, 7-6, in 10 innings at Kansas City. "Since I've been here [if] a player tells me he can't go, that's it," Washington said before Monday night's game against the Red Sox in Boston.
January 24, 2012 |
THE DAYS until spring training continue to dwindle and Roy Oswalt remains without a team. The former Phillies righthander rebuffed interest from the Detroit Tigers, according to CBSSports.com. The report said the Tigers even had American League MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander call Oswalt. Reports have circulated for weeks that Oswalt will land with Boston, but that the Red Sox first needed to clear salary. Boston traded Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary to Colorado for pitcher Clayton Mortensen.
September 30, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - Without saying it, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee made it clear Tuesday that Roy Halladay will pitch Game 1 in the postseason against an opponent to be determined. It now appears as if Roy Oswalt will follow Halladay to the mound for Game 2 of the first-round playoff series. "It's going to be Oswalt in Game 2, you can bet on it," a baseball source said. Manager Charlie Manuel confirmed that Oswalt more than likely pitched his final regular-season game Tuesday against Washington when he worked five innings without allowing an earned run. The baseball source said lefthander Cole Hamels would pitch Sunday in the Phillies' season finale in Atlanta.
July 30, 2010 |
FIRST, THE former teammates exchanged texts. Then there was a late-night phone call. Brad Lidge was giving whole new meaning to the concept of being the Phillies' closer, explaining to Astros ace righthander Roy Oswalt why he should waive his no-trade clause and join the defending National League champions. "I think the Phillies sell themselves right now," he said yesterday after the megadeal was announced. "When I knew how serious he was, I was like, 'You've got to go for it, buddy.