April 6, 2013 |
The memories could last a lifetime. You could tell the kids, and the grandkids, about the tingles in the Dodgers' season opener. Sandy Koufax shyly emerged from the dugout to throw out the first pitch, serenaded and beloved. Clayton Kershaw dominated on the mound, as unhittable today as Koufax was in his day. Yet, Dodger Stadium did not erupt into bedlam until the eighth inning, when Kershaw ended a scoreless tie by launching a home run that instantly became part of Dodgers lore.
April 1, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - Mike Scioscia has managed enough games in National League ballparks to have pulled off dozens of double switches and even a few triple switches, but this was the first time the Angels skipper could remember a quadruple shift. It came in the 11th inning of the Angels' 3-1, 13-inning, season-opening win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, a game in which Scioscia exhausted his bench and used six of his seven relievers. First baseman and No. 3 hitter Albert Pujols, who is recovering from knee surgery and has been slowed by a sore left foot, led off the 11th inning with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Andrew Romine.
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March 31, 2013
Bob Turley, 82, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher who won the Cy Young Award in 1958 after rallying the New York Yankees past the Milwaukee Braves in the World Series, died of liver cancer Saturday in Atlanta, his family told the Baltimore Sun. Turley pitched one season for the Baltimore Orioles, 1954, leading the American League with 185 strikeouts while compiling a 14-15 record and a 3.46 earned-run average. Then "Bullet Bob," as he came to be known, was traded to the Yankees in a 17-player deal that also sent pitcher Don Larsen to New York.
February 18, 2013 |
Major League Baseball will not expand its instant replay system this year, according to Joe Torre, the league's executive vice president of baseball operations. Commissioner Bud Selig told the Los Angeles Times four months ago that expanded replay would be in place for the 2013 season "for sure. " Torre told The Times that the timetable has been delayed one year. "Next year, there will be something, for sure," Torre said. "It's not like we're afraid to do something. I don't want to do something unless we feel like it's the right thing to do. " Torre, who is Selig's point man on the issue, said he understood the commissioner's oft-stated intention to broaden the replay system to include calls of fair balls, foul balls and trapped balls.
January 26, 2013 |
Former major league slugger Frank Thomas, who is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame next year, let it be known that he's glad he thrived through hard work rather than taking the easier route and using performance-enhancing drugs. During the Chicago White Sox's fan fest on Saturday, Thomas said that former stars such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will have to live with the consequences of using banned substances. The repercussion appears to be they'll never be enshrined in Cooperstown.
November 14, 2012 |
Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price and New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey have won the Cy Young Awards in their respective leagues. Price edged last year's Cy Young winner, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, by drawing 14 of the 28 first-place votes in the American League. Verlander received 13 first-place votes and Rays closer Fernando Rodney, who finished fifth in the voting, received the other. It was the second-closest balloting in Cy Young history, after the 1969 tie between Mike Cuellar of the Baltimore Orioles and Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers.