April 15, 2013
Padres slugger Carlos Quentin on Sunday dropped his appeal of an eight-game suspension for going after Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke last week and breaking Greinke's left collarbone in the rumble. The suspension begins not a moment too soon - the Padres will be in Los Angeles on Monday to begin a three-game series in the clubs' first meeting since Thursday night's brawl. Quentin was philosophical about missing the series. "Let me say this as far as the Dodgers series: Obviously I will miss the upcoming one but I will be a part of the rest.
February 3, 2013 |
Surrounded by the cast and crew of TGS at the end of its final taping, Tracy Jordan looked into the camera and expansively said: "Thank you, America. That's our show. Not a lot of people watched it, but the joke's on you, because we got paid anyway. " And so, 30 Rock 's show-within-a-show ended with a joke-within-a-joke. Even the highly promoted series finale of 30 Rock drew fewer than five million viewers. And that joke was on us, too. Because part of the appeal of Tina Fey's surreal sitcom was its disregard for the audience.
January 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - For House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the swearing-in of a record number of Democratic women was a historic moment worth a photograph. And, she decided, history needed a little digital help. After only 57 of the 61 congresswomen showed up in time for the photo scheduled Thursday on the Capitol's steps, Pelosi's aides digitally inserted images of the four absent members into the photograph. She then had the altered image posted on her Flickr photo-sharing site. Journalists and historians frown on such altered views of history.
September 14, 2012 |
DEREK JETER shook off an injury to tie Willie Mays for 10th place on the career hits list, backing Phil Hughes and helping the visiting New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-0, Thursday night to maintain a share of the AL East lead. New York won consecutive games for the first time in a month and kept pace with the Baltimore Orioles, who completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay. Hughes (15-12) retired his first 10 batters and gave up five hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked one and allowed just three runners past first base, ending a streak of seven straight starts in which he allowed home runs.
September 14, 2012 |
It ranked among the most unpopular trades in Phillies history when general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners for the minor-league trio of J.C. Ramirez, Tyson Gillies, and Phillippe Aumont in December 2009. Many of the developments since only hardened the initial view. Now, however, Aumont is becoming a go-to guy in the middle of a playoff race and his work is being endorsed by none other than Clifton Phifer Lee. "Oh, he's good," Lee said Wednesday after Aumont pitched a scoreless eighth inning in the Phillies' 3-1 win over Miami.
September 11, 2012 |
OAKLAND ATHLETICS pitcher Brandon McCarthy has walked a few steps and is making encouraging progress in his recovery from surgery after getting hit in the head by a line drive last week. A's trainer Nick Paparesta said Monday that McCarthy seems likely to leave the hospital soon. Paparesta had said 2 days earlier that McCarthy was still in a "life-threatening" situation. "I think that we're a little bit more comfortable with where he is and how he's doing, absolutely," Paparesta said Monday before the A's opened a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.
August 28, 2012 |
The Phillies needed a meteoric rise coming out of the all-star break. They have had a modest one. Since Jonathan Papelbon and Carlos Ruiz combined to record the final out of the All-Star Game in Kansas City last month, the Phillies have gone 24-17 and restored some respectability to what had been a wretched season. "Too little, too late" will be the epitaph on the Phillies' 2012 tombstone, which, when you think about it, is not nearly as stinging as "we were the best team in baseball, but failed to win the World Series.
August 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Things couldn't be going any better for the Washington Nationals, and still they are embroiled in one of the game's most fascinating controversies. The Nationals pull into Citizens Bank Park this weekend with the best record in baseball. At 77-47, the franchise is 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1994. That was the ill-fated season when the most infamous strike in professional sports history halted everything in mid-August, shattering any hope the Montreal Expos had of building a downtown ballpark.
August 17, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO Giants general manager Brian Sabean insists his club's two suspended veteran players should have known better than to use performance-enhancing drugs. A day after outfielder and All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera received a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test, Sabean said Thursday he was shocked when he received word of the suspension from Major League Baseball on Wednesday morning, not long before San Francisco's series finale against the Washington Nationals.
August 15, 2012
Roy Halladay and Mark Buehrle are scheduled to start Wednesday's Phillies-Marlins series finale in Miami, marking the 10th time since 1990 that two authors of a perfect game will oppose one another. Halladay pitched his perfect game in 2010 against the Marlins. Buehrle tossed his while with the Chicago White Sox in 2009. The previous instances, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, are: Dallas Braden-Buehrle in 2011; Randy Johnson-David Wells in 2004, 2005, 2007; Kenny Rogers-Wells in 2000, 2001 (twice)