August 30, 2012
The Chicago Cubs and shortstop Starlin Castro have agreed to a seven-year contract with a club option for 2020. The 22-year-old Castro is a two-time all-star and in just his second full major-league season. He led the National League in hits with 207 last season. Since making his major-league debut on May 7, 2010, Castro has more hits than any player in the NL with 486. Castro, a career .296 hitter, was batting .276 this season with 12 homers and 63 RBIs before Tuesday night's game against Milwaukee.
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.
June 24, 2012 |
Roy Oswalt left his first start for the Texas Rangers in a huff Friday night, even though an adoring crowd in Arlington was giving him an ovation. He wasn't angry that he was removed with two outs in the seventh inning - he was furious about having Colorado's Marco Scutaro down 0-2 in the count and gave up a single. "I was mad because I threw an 0-2 pitch down the middle," Oswalt said after the 4-1 Texas win. "I hate giving up 0-2 hits. But I always pound the strike zone.
May 31, 2012 |
Roy Oswalt signed with the Texas Rangers on Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News. The report said the former Phillies and Astros righthander got a prorated $8 million deal, which would put $4 million in his pocket if he is called up by July 1. He can also earn an extra $1 million if he makes 10 starts. ESPN.com said the Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers all made offers - some exceeding that of the Rangers - but Oswalt preferred Texas, where he has a close relationship with club president Nolan Ryan.
May 30, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Cole Hamels is good. Damn good. But he is not good enough to rewrite the laws that govern our universe, which means there will be days like Monday, when a couple of unfortunately located pitches turned into a couple of two-run home runs that blemished an otherwise dominant afternoon. This matters because the Phillies entered the afternoon having won just five of the 25 games in which they allowed an opponent to score more than three runs, and because they finished it having increased that number to six, thanks to Ty Wigginton's go-ahead single in the seventh inning that helped propel them to an 8-4 victory over the Mets.
May 14, 2012
The Houston Astros arrive in Philadelphia on Monday as a team to watch only if you're wondering how all the young talent they have acquired from the Phillies in recent years is doing. If the Phillies do not begin a turnaround from their dreadful start soon, more and more people are going to look at the young, developing players who were used to acquire Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Hunter Pence and wonder if standing pat (no Gillick pun intended) in some instances would not have been the more prudent decision.
March 13, 2012 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - It is the other what-if from the Phillies' all-too-brief trip to the postseason last October. We all know the main one. What if Cliff Lee, who had chosen Philadelphia for just this moment, had held that four-run lead in Game 2 of the division series against St. Louis? Cole Hamels would have started Game 3 at Busch Stadium with a chance to close out the series. You have to like that scenario. Even Lee, with his gunslinger swagger, acknowledges he was haunted by that one. "It was on my mind [over the winter]
March 6, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Life changes fast. You go to bed as Shemp and you wake up as the fourth stooge. You go to bed as Kathie Lee and you wake up as the lady that Kelly Ripa replaced. You go to bed as Chris Brown and you wake up as, well, Chris Brown. Joe Blanton knows the feeling better than most. Last spring, he was sitting at a table fielding questions about how it felt to be a part of one of the greatest rotations ever assembled. By early August, he was working out in Clearwater wondering if he would ever pitch as a Phillie again.
February 24, 2012 |
ROY OSWALT has told major league teams that he might pull a Roger Clemens and skip the first half of the season, then return at midseason, a source told ESPN.com. A skeptic might say the 34-year-old righthander already skipped half a season last year, when back issues and hurricane relief limited him to 139 innings with the Phillies. Oswalt became a free agent when the Phillies chose not to pick up his $16 million option for this season. The three-time All-Star was 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 23 starts last year.
February 20, 2012 |
Reconcile these two facts. One: Roy Oswalt has the 15th-best adjusted ERA of all-time among pitchers with at least 2,000 innings, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The first 10 already are in the Hall of Fame. The other four are Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay and Randy Johnson. Two: Roy Oswalt is unemployed as spring training camps open across America. The problem is, the former Phillie only wants to pitch near his home in Weir, Miss. Maybe he should take a ride across the state to Kiln and work out with ol' Brett Favre.