July 28, 1997 |
Hideki Irabu, the Japanese-born pitcher who was signed earlier this season to a $12.8 million contract by the Yankees, was sent to the bullpen yesterday. Irabu, who was hit hard in his last three starts, has a 2-2 record and a 7.97 ERA. With Irabu's next start scheduled to fall on Thursday - a day off for the Yankees - manager Joe Torre said the pitcher would be skipped in the rotation. Torre did not say when he would make his next start. The Pirates announced that catcher Jason Kendall had agreed to a new contract that will pay him $7.2 million over four years, beginning next season.
April 30, 2004 |
Derek Jeter snapped an 0-for-32 slump with a home run on the first pitch thrown by Barry Zito, Miguel Cairo hit a tiebreaking three-run homer and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the visiting Oakland Athletics, 7-5, last night. It was Jeter's first hit since an infield single against the Chicago White Sox on April 20. It was the longest slump by a Yankees player since Jimmy Wynn also went 32 at-bats without a hit in 1977. The last major league position player with as long a slump was Mets utilityman Joe McEwing, of Bristol, Pa., who went 0-for-33 in 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
April 6, 2013
Former Yankees great Reggie Jackson is selling the jersey he wore when he hit three home runs against the Dodgers in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, earning him the nickname "Mr. October. " Jackson told Bloomberg Radio earlier this week that he would use the proceeds to make significant donations to family members, as well as his Mr. October Foundation for Kids. With New York up three games to two, Jackson homered on three consecutive pitches from three different pitchers in the 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium.
December 2, 2009 |
World Series MVP Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero and Randy Wolf were among the free agents who weren't offered salary arbitration, a move that enables new teams to sign them without losing draft picks. Last night was the first big deadline of baseball's offseason, with teams having until midnight to make arbitration offers to their former players who became free agents. Players have until Dec. 7 to accept; if they reject, they still can re-sign with their former clubs at any time.
January 12, 2004 |
Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a deal with the Anaheim Angels, contingent on the free-agent outfielder passing a physical. "Guerrero's coming into L.A., and will be undergoing a physical," Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said yesterday, noting that Guerrero is expected in Los Angeles today. The team did not release terms of the deal, but reports in New York and Los Angeles over the weekend said Guerrero would sign a $70 million, 5-year contract. He rejected a 3-year contract offer from the New York Mets on Saturday.
November 17, 2004 |
Vladimir Guerrero had such a huge impact during the final week of the season that voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award wasn't even close. Guerrero easily defeated his competitors on the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees yesterday, becoming just the fifth player to switch leagues and earn the honor in his first season with his new team. The Anaheim Angels' rightfielder received 21 of 28 first-place votes and 354 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
June 12, 1998 |
Andy Pettitte will be happy to leave the baserunning to his teammates in the future. The New York Yankees' nine-game winning streak ended last night when the host Montreal Expos took advantage of Pettitte's sudden exit with a twinge in his hip and rallied for seven runs in the seventh inning for a 7-5 win. "I felt a catch in my left hip," Pettitte said. "I couldn't stretch it out, but I feel nothing now. " Pettitte thought the twinge might have come about when he ran out a sacrifice bunt in the fifth inning.
April 14, 2004 |
Anaheim Angels slugger Garret Anderson agreed yesterday to a $48 million, 4-year contract extension through 2008. The deal includes a team option for 2009 with a $3 million buyout. Anderson is a two-time All-Star and was the game's MVP last year. In 2003, he hit .315 with 29 home runs and 116 RBI. The 31-year-old centerfielder is in his 10th full season and is the Angels' career hits leader. Anderson, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, was selected by the Angels in the fourth round of the 1990 free-agent draft and has spent his entire career in the organization.
August 20, 2008 |
Willy Aybar broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2, last night for their ninth victory in 11 games. The AL East-leading Rays overcame a strong pitching performance by Angels starter Ervin Santana, who took a no-hit bid into the sixth and left with a 2-1 lead after allowing one run and four hits in seven innings. James Shields (11-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in eight innings, and Dan Wheeler pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances as Tampa Bay improved to 6-2 against the Angels, including 5-0 at home.
August 19, 2008 |
Junior is pressing Since being acquired from the Reds on July 31, Ken Griffey Jr. has been a bust with the White Sox. In his first 40 at-bats with the Sox, Griffey had more strikeouts (10) than hits (nine). Entering last night, he had yet to deliver an extra-base hit and was batting .225 for them. Clearly, the player with 608 career homers - sixth on the all-time list - is pressing in an attempt to help his new teammates. "Sometimes, you try too hard and it backfires," he told the Chicago Sun-Times.