January 16, 2013
Oakland's Bob Melvin , 51, received his reward for leading the Athletics to the American League West Division title last season. On Monday, the AL manager of the year received a two-year contract extension that takes him through the 2016 season. Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus , Baltimore pitcher Tommy Hunter , and Oakland catcher George Kottara s agreed to one-year contracts, leaving 133 players eligible to file for salary arbitration Tuesday. Righthanded reliever J.J. Putz , 35, agreed to a $13.5 million, two-year contract with Arizona.
June 29, 2009 |
Authorities say Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ronald Belisario has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. California Highway Patrol officer Francisco Villalobos said Belisario was pulled over just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Pasadena after CHP officers observed him talking on his cell phone. Villalobos said officers then suspected Belisario had been drinking and placed him under arrest. He was taken to the Pasadena Police Department and released on unspecified bail.
December 16, 2010
CLIFF LEE TALKED a little smack with former Texas Rangers teammates on Tuesday. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Lee sent Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler a text message that read: "It was great playing with you. Sorry, but see you in the World Series. " Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter said he reminded Lee that the teams play each other May 20-22 in Philly. "I told him, 'Don't leave one over the plate if I'm throwing against you,' " Hunter said. "If he leaves one over the middle of that plate, buddy, it might be Justin Smoaked right back over his head.
September 14, 2009 |
Jon Lester made the most of his second chance. Two days after struggling in a game that was rained out, the Red Sox lefthander allowed two hits in eight innings and Boston beat Tampa Bay, 4-0, yesterday for a doubleheader sweep, handing the AL champion Rays their 11th consecutive loss. Lester gave up hits to three of the first four batters Friday night, but none of that counted when the game was called after he threw only 23 pitches. It was made up as the opener yesterday at Fenway Park, a 3-1 Boston win. In the opener, Dustin Pedroia's tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth sent Boston to a victory behind Clay Buchholz and two relievers.
August 29, 2009 |
Robinson Cano lashed a game-winning three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning off Randy Williams as the New York Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox, 5-2, last night. Cano hit a 2-2 pitch from Williams (0-1) into New York's bullpen in right-center, delighting what was left of a soggy crowd at Yankee Stadium. Williams retired the first two batters he faced before walking Hideki Matsui and Nick Swisher on four pitches apiece to set up Cano's first game-ending homer.
July 28, 2009 |
A.J. Burnett allowed two hits in seven innings and Nick Swisher homered twice last night, leading the visiting New York Yankees to an 11-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. The AL East leaders improved to 10-1 since the All-Star break, with Burnett (10-4) earning his fifth straight decision. The switch-hitting Swisher homered from both sides of the plate for the second time this season. Robinson Cano and Johnny Damon also went deep, while Derek Jeter had three hits and Alex Rodriguez contributed a two-run double on his 34th birthday.
July 22, 2009 |
Sergio Mitre earned his first win in 2 years, Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer, and the surging New York Yankees beat the visiting Baltimore Orioles last night, 6-4, for their fifth straight victory. The Yankees (56-37) improved to a season-best 19 games over .500 and took a one-game lead in the AL East over Boston, which lost to Texas. Alex Rodriguez also had a two-run single for an efficient Yankees lineup, which made the most of just six hits. Mitre, who was called up from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before the game, allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings in his first major league start since Sept.
April 25, 2012 |
RIGHTHANDER Yu Darvish had a season-high 10 strikeouts pitching into the ninth inning and worked out of a couple of jams for the Texas Rangers in a 2-0 victory over the visiting New York Yankees and countryman Hiroki Kuroda on Tuesday night. In only the seventh MLB matchup ever of Japanese starters, Darvish (3-0) allowed seven hits and walked a season-low two in 8 1/3 innings. The 10 strikeouts were the most by a Texas pitcher this season. Darvish was replaced by Joe Nathan with one out in the ninth.
November 1, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - Cliff Lee could have been no worse. We should have found out. It was madness, for the Rangers not to start Lee in Game 4 last night. Instead, they started a 24-year-old offensive lineman who didn't last past the fourth inning in either of his previous playoff starts, which is exactly what happened last night. Tommy Hunter took the loss in the 4-0 decision that put the Rangers a game from elimination. Now, Hunter can pitch, make no mistake. Just not lately.
August 15, 2008 |
Jim Thome's three-run homer started it, and after he returned to the dugout, the parade really got going. Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Juan Uribe hit consecutive homers in the sixth inning yesterday to tie a major league record, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-2, to complete a three-game home sweep. Thome and Konerko (12th) went deep on consecutive pitches from Joel Peralta, and Ramirez chased the righthander with his 11th of the season.