May 6, 2004 |
Bill Mueller thinks the Boston Red Sox are more like last night than the previous five games. Mueller hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, David Ortiz homered twice and drove in four runs, and the visiting Red Sox broke a five-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. "Hopefully, this is the start of what we're capable of doing," Mueller said. The Red Sox got five hits in a four-run third highlighted by Ortiz's seventh homer, a three-run shot with two outs.
May 31, 2003 |
Jose Contreras made the New York Yankees' rotation a little more crowded. Contreras (2-1) made an impressive pitch to remain a starter, allowing two hits in seven innings in his first career start as the Yankees beat host Detroit last night, 6-0, behind Jason Giambi's two homers. "Of course I'd like to, but it's not my decision," Contreras said about staying in the rotation. "I'm going to keep preparing for whatever role I'm needed. " Contreras, who left Cuba and signed a $32 million, 4-year contract with New York in the offseason, got a one-start trial in place of an injured David Wells.
April 22, 2013 |
This is how we do it. We get back to living, while remembering those who can't. We continue to strive, and no bombs or bullets can deter us for long. The Red Sox made an emotional and defiant return to Fenway Park on Saturday - their first home game since the Boston Marathon attack - and they brought Big Papi as an exclamation point. David Ortiz, who had played just once since July 17 after an Achilles tendon injury, made his debut and gave the crowd a passionate, if Utleyesque, speech, dropping an obscenity but getting the message across: "Nobody is going to dictate our freedom.
July 25, 2007 |
Rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched seven shutout innings to outduel C.C. Sabathia, denying Cleveland's ace his 14th win, as the visiting Boston Red Sox won their fifth straight, 1-0, over the Indians last night. Matsuzaka (12-7), tagged for a season-high 12 hits in his first start against Cleveland on May 30, gave up four hits before turning it over to the bullpen. The Japanese righthander allowed only one runner to reach third and improved to 5-2 in his past eight starts. Sabathia (13-5)
August 3, 2004 |
Tim Wakefield celebrated his 38th birthday getting a familiar result against Tampa Bay. Tim Wakefield pitched seven solid innings and David McCarty hit a three-run homer to lead the visiting Boston Red Sox over the Devil Rays, 6-3, last night. Wakefield (7-6) gave up three runs, four hits, four walks and struck out three to improve to 10-1 against Tampa Bay. Kevin Youkilis had a two-run double during a three-run fifth as the Red Sox rebounded from two straight losses to American League Central-leading Minnesota.
December 16, 2006 |
All-Star centerfielder Vernon Wells and the Toronto Blue Jays are close to agreement on a $126 million, 7-year contract extension that would be the sixth-largest deal in baseball history. Wells said yesterday that the agreement is not complete but that he anticipates the contract will be finalized soon. The deal will start with the 2008 season. "How can you not be happy?" he said during an interview with the Associated Press. "Like I said, my family comes first. Obviously, this gives me an opportunity to set my family up for a couple of generations.
December 12, 2006 |
Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi told ESPN.com yesterday the team is inclined to keep centerfielder Vernon Wells next season even if they are unable to work out a long-term contract. Wells will earn $5.6 million next season and be eligible for free agency afterward. Wells, 28, is a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner. He hit .303 with 32 homers and 106 RBI last season. Wells became the subject of trade speculation last week when the Blue Jays failed to sign free-agent pitching targets Ted Lilly and Gil Meche.
May 19, 2010
Blue Jays 11, Twins 2 TORONTO - Edwin Encarnacion came off the disabled list and hit one of Toronto's four home runs as the Blue Jays romped over Minnesota. Vernon Wells, Aaron Hill, and Lyle Overbay also connected. The Blue Jays lead the majors with 65 home runs. Shaun Marcum (3-1) won his third straight decision, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings. Carl Pavano (4-4) was pounded for six runs and 10 hits in four innings. Encarnacion had been out since April 15 because of a sore right shoulder.
April 8, 2010 |
Curtis Granderson led off the 10th inning with a tiebreaking homer off Jonathan Papelbon and the New York Yankees beat the host Boston Red Sox, 3-1, last night. Granderson hit an 0-and-1 pitch into the rightfield seats against Papelbon (0-1) for his second homer in three games with his new team. Then, after three walks, Mark Teixeira drove in the final run on a groundout as the Red Sox wasted an outstanding performance by John Lackey in his first appearance since signing an $82.5 million, 5-year contract as a free agent in December.
March 16, 2010 |
For the third straight time in this spring training, Jamie Moyer pitched in a B game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yesterday morning's exhibition, however, was quite different for the Phillies' 47-year-old lefthander and it wasn't a good different. His pitching line: five runs - all earned - eight hits, one walk, four strikeouts, three innings and quite a few expletives. "I didn't think I threw very well," Moyer said after the Phillies' 8-1 loss to the Jays. "I elevated a few too many pitches.