March 7, 2013 |
PEORIA, Ariz. — Ernesto Frieri came to spring training hoping to add an effective second pitch to go with the lively 95-mph fastball that thrust the 27-year-old right-hander into a closing role last season. He may leave Arizona with two new pitches. Frieri has been very happy with the development of his cut fastball, which is coming out of his hand like his fastball and breaking late. He has been pleasantly surprised by the effectiveness of his changeup, a pitch he started toying with in early February but has used in two of three exhibitions.
April 1, 2012 |
PHOENIX — On the day the Dodgers broke camp, Chad Billingsley served up two home runs in the first three innings of a 6-2 defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks. His earned-run average ballooned to 5.91 in what was his final tuneup for the regular season, but Billingsley didn't look or sound concerned. "This spring, I'm very, very happy with," he said. "My curveball was very good. My fastball wasn't getting hit too much. My changeup was outstanding. " So how does he explain the results?
July 1, 2010 |
Scott Kazmir got the baseball equivalent of a summons to the principal's office Thursday, the second time this season the Angels left-hander has met with Manager Mike Scioscia and pitching coach Mike Butcher behind closed doors. Kazmir had a similar meeting on May 12, when he was 2-3 with a 6.82 earned-run average and struggling with mechanical issues. Kazmir gave up five runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings of Wednesday night's 6-4 loss to the Rangers, dropping to 7-7 with a 5.67 ERA. Thursday's meeting focused on Kazmir's long-lost slider, a pitch he has not thrown enough — or effectively enough — this season.
July 22, 1986 |
The Padres lost, 6-1, Monday to one of the skinniest pitchers you'll ever see. Chicago Cub left-hander Jamie Moyer, 23, seems to have very few muscles--either that or they're hiding. He says he weighs 165 pounds, but also admits he had to eat a lot of steak and potatoes to work up that much bulk--but if you call it bulk, that's a lot of bull. He's so skinny, you can't pinch an inch or even a centimeter.
October 3, 2011 |
Reporting from St. Louis -- Every time Cole Hamels took the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2008 postseason, he had the perfect formula. "Sometimes you just have blind luck," he said Monday. "And I just happened to be on my game and everything was just working, and [we were] able to get the runs for me. " His 2008 National League Championship Series and World Series most-valuable-player awards can be attributed to his 4-0 record and 1.80 earned-run average. In 35 innings over five starts in that postseason, he walked nine, struck out 30 and opponents hit .190.
April 29, 2000 |
Charles Chatman was an exceptional running back and safety at Costa Mesa High, but his days as a football player ended while he was on scholarship at Kent State. Now, with some guidance from his uncle, Cleveland Indian batting coach Clarence Jones, Chatman is playing baseball at Concordia and hoping he didn't wait too long to change his focus. "This is what I should have been doing all along, playing baseball," said Chatman, who rushed for 2,500 yards and 29 touchdowns at Costa Mesa in 1994.