December 24, 2012 |
The Cleveland Indians' pitch to bring Nick Swisher "home" worked. Two people familiar with the negotiations said Swisher has agreed to a $56 million, four-year contract with the Indians, who used the free agent outfielder's deep Ohio connections to persuade him to join the club. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because Swisher must take a physical before the deal can be finalized. The Indians are expected to announce Swisher's signing after Christmas, one of the people said.
September 16, 2008 |
David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, Jason Bay, Jason Varitek, Kevin Youkilis and, finally, Jacoby Ellsbury. Home run by home run, the visiting Boston Red Sox pulled within .002 percentage points of first place in the American League East with a 13-5 victory over the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays last night. All totaled, they hit six homers, the most since they hit six on Aug. 3, 2003. The defending World Series champions won for the first time in seven games at Tropicana Field this season.
May 1, 2010 |
Yankee Stadiumology Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com reports that ESPN's Stats & Information researchers have studied the new Yankee Stadium, now in its second year, looking at stuff like temperature (cooler), wind speed (faster), wind direction (in from left field) and concluded that the House That Steinbrenner Built is where home runs go to die. In the Bombers' first six games last season, there were 25 dingers - this season, it's 13. The esteemed baseball theorist Derek Jeter, though, has an antidote.
April 1, 2011
Yankees icon strikes back? After taking some Steinbrenner flak during the spring about his building a new house, with the implication that he no longer cares about winning, New York shortstop Derek Jeter has new walk-up music: Darth Vader's theme from Star Wars . Could be he's sending a message to the new (wannabe) Boss: " Hank . . . you're not your father. " Ozzie is not always sunny in Cleveland What would the beginning of baseball season be without the first bon mots from a Low&Outside fave, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen ?
December 13, 2012 |
Cleveland traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds and acquired prized pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in a three-team deal involving nine players. The Indians obtained centerfielder Drew Stubbs from Cincinnati and received Bauer, the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft, along with righthanders Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the Diamondbacks. Cleveland shipped Choo, infielder Jason Donald, and about $3.5 million to the Reds, while sending lefthanded reliever Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson to Arizona.
March 4, 2014
Reliever Guillermo Mota has announced he is retiring after 14 seasons in the major leagues. Mota was a non-roster invitee to the Kansas City Royals camp and did not pitch last season. The 40-year-old righthander made 743 career relief appearances with a 3.94 ERA for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. He was part of San Francisco's World Series championship teams in 2010 and 2012.
September 25, 2009 |
Justin Verlander pitched the Detroit Tigers closer to a division title and pushed the Cleveland Indians within one loss of matching a franchise record for futility with a 6-5 win last night. Verlander struck out 11 in seven innings and Carlos Guillen had three hits and an RBI as the Tigers handed Cleveland its 11th straight loss. With the win, Detroit moved three games ahead of the idle Minnesota Twins in the American League's Central Division. The Tigers, who have 10 games remaining, open a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox tonight.
May 8, 2011
Around the Bases First base When Derek Jeter signed his three-year, $51 million deal this past winter, most expected the Yankees to eventually regret the contract. New York, of course, said it was paying for more than a shortstop - Jeter is a brand and represents everything about the franchise. He is also an unparalleled ground ball machine. Entering the weekend, Jeter has hit a grounder 71.6 percent of the time he puts a ball in play. That leads the majors - by a lot. For comparison, Ichiro Suzuki, a player who makes a living off hitting ground balls, hits them 60.8 percent of the time.
June 13, 2009 |
Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay left his start against visiting Florida after apparently injuring his groin. Halladay grimaced after throwing his second pitch in the third inning last night. Catcher Rod Barajas went to the mound, then motioned to the dugout, calling manager Cito Gaston and trainer George Poulis to join him. Toronto's infielders huddled on the mound as Halladay spoke with Gaston and Poulis. Halladay threw one warm-up pitch, then flipped the ball to Barajas and headed to the dugout.
April 8, 2013 |
JOHNNY CUETO ordered three runs. His Cincinnati teammates dutifully delivered. The Reds pitcher came off the mound after the sixth inning of his start Sunday against the visiting Washington Nationals with the score tied, 3-all. "I said, 'I want three runs here. Do it for me,"' Cueto said. Todd Frazier confirmed Cueto's order. "I was screaming with him," the Cincinnati third baseman said. "He was saying it in Spanish, but we understood. " Boy, did they. The Reds scored three runs off Washington ace Stephen Strasburg on their way to a 6-3 win in what started out as a highly anticipated matchup of young aces.