September 4, 2004 |
Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown broke his non-throwing hand punching a clubhouse wall in frustration during host New York's 3-1 loss to Baltimore last night. The pitching-weak Yankees, whose American League East lead over second-place Boston is now down to 2 1/2 games, did not immediately know how long the righthander would be sidelined. "You just can't do this," general manager Brian Cashman said. "You've got to keep your emotions in check. " Brown (10-4) dropped to 1-3 in his last five starts and 3-8 lifetime against Baltimore.
April 15, 2006 |
Curt Schilling shut down Seattle with relative ease. From his barehanded stab of a hard one-hopper by Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki to his mid-90s fastball to his pinpoint control, Boston's ace showed another opponent - and his rain-soaked hometown fans - that he is back and, perhaps, better than ever. Schilling (3-0) allowed three hits in eight innings last night in Boston's 2-1 win over the visiting Mariners. Striking out seven and walking none, Schilling started the season with wins in his first three starts for the first time since 2002.
July 2, 2006 |
The Phillies have become the team that athletic directors schedule on homecoming - you know, the old pushover opponent, the surefire win. It was Canada Day here yesterday, the nation's 139th birthday, and those who showed up to see the country's only major-league baseball team play left in a nice, festive mood. Kind of the way you feel when your alma mater knocks the stuffing out of Rag Doll U. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Phillies, 5-2, at Rogers Centre on the strength of a pair of sixth-inning home runs off Cory Lidle.
April 26, 2003 |
Toronto fans turned out despite the SARS outbreak and the Blue Jays treated them to a victory. Vernon Wells homered in the ninth inning as they beat Kansas City, 6-5, last night. A crowd of 16,417, the largest since Opening Day, turned out at SkyDome 2 days after the World Health Organization warned against travel to Toronto because of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome. A couple of fans were shown on the JumboTron holding up a sign that read: "What SARS?" "It's good to see the fans come out," Wells said.
August 19, 1999 |
Playing in the hot weather at home, the Texas Rangers looked sluggish. Now that they're in a cooler climate, they look slugger-ish. Rafael Palmeiro hit a three-run homer and Royce Clayton had a two-run shot in a five-run seventh inning last night that powered the Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The Rangers have scored 44 runs and gotten 60 hits during a four-game winning streak that has helped them to a 61/2-game lead in the AL West. "At the beginning of the road trip, we looked like a tired club coming out of a homestand with the Texas heat," Texas manager Johnny Oates said.
August 16, 1999 |
Tony Phillips's season-ending injury put a damper on Oakland's sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. Phillips hit a two-run homer to help the visiting Athletics beat the Blue Jays, 9-5, yesterday, but as he tried to prevent a doubleplay in the sixth inning he broke his left leg. "His cleat got stuck in the ground right when he went into his slide, and that was it," Oakland manager Art Howe said. "It's a shame. Tony was really heating up, he was getting on base and he's been a leader for us all year.
September 8, 2000 |
For eight innings, the New York Yankees somehow could not score against Dan Reichert, even though he tied a Kanas City Royals record with nine walks. But when the Yankees got help from the Royals' bullpen, they took advantage. David Justice homered to cap a seven-run eruption in the ninth inning and the visiting Yankees rallied past Kansas City, 7-3, last night. Reichert pitched eight scoreless innings despite matching Dick Drago's team record for walks. He allowed only two hits and left with a 1-0 lead.
May 20, 2000 |
Once Chuck Knoblauch walked, the New York Yankees were off and running. Knoblauch battled Dave Burba for 10 pitches, fouling off three with a full count before walking to ignite a five-run fourth inning last night that sent the Yankees to an 11-7 win over host Cleveland. "That was big, really big," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "And it didn't surprise me. When you see him fouling off balls over our dugout, you know he's waiting on a good one. " Ricky Ledee and Paul O'Neill hit two-run homers, and Bernie Williams had a three-run double as the Yankees outlasted the Indians on a frigid night when only the weather made it feel like October.
June 19, 2000 |
The Chicago White Sox made quick work of Orlando Hernandez and again showed why they have the best record in baseball. Jose Valentin's grand slam highlighted a nine-run first inning as the visiting White Sox extended their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 17-4 rout of the New York Yankees yesterday. Valentin and Carlos Lee each had four RBI as the White Sox tied a team record with their 11th straight road victory, and completed a four-game sweep of the Yankees.
August 23, 2000 |
Kent Mercker is glad for his second chance. Mercker earned his first victory since missing 80 games with a brain hemorrhage, leading the visiting Anaheim Angels to an 11-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox last night. Troy Glaus had three of Anaheim's six doubles, and Orlando Palmeiro went 4-for-5 with a career-high three RBI. "Just to see Merck out on that mound, whatever he does, it gives us a lift," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I saw him the day after the hemorrhage in his brain.