April 2, 2013
It had been awhile Clayton Kershaw's go-ahead eighth-inning home run was the first home run in his five-year career. It was also . . . The first home run hit by a pitcher on opening day since Joe Magrane's in 1988. The first home run by a Dodgers pitcher on opening day since Don Drysdale's in 1965. It was also . . . The sixth shutout of Kershaw's career. The first opening-day shutout by a Dodger since Hideo Nomo's in 2003. And . . . Kershaw is the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run on opening day since Bob Lemon did it for the Cleveland Indians in 1953.
March 12, 2013 |
— The last time the Angels saw Scott Kazmir , the former All-Star left-hander was a physical and mental wreck. He pitched one game — well, nearly two innings — in April 2011, giving up five runs and five hits, walking two, hitting two and committing a balk. And things didn't get any better in the minors, where Kazmir gave up 30 runs in 15 1/3 innings, leading the Angels to release him with more than $8 million left on his contract. Kazmir was back on the mound at an Angels game Monday, only this time he was pitching against them.
December 28, 2012 |
News Corp.'s Fox Sports Media Group has added to its growing portfolio of regional sports networks. On Friday, Fox Sports said it has acquired SportsTime Ohio, a Cleveland-based channel owned by Larry Dolan, who also owns the Indians baseball team. As part of the deal, Fox Sports has also signed a long-term agreement to carry Indians baseball. Terms for the sale were not disclosed but Sports Business Journal put the price tag in the $250 million range. Fox already has a strong presence in the Buckeye state with its Fox Sports Ohio channel, which has more than 5 million subscribers.
October 27, 2012 |
As much as the Angels valued Tom Kotchman's three decades of work as a minor league manager and scout, General Manager Jerry Dipoto asked him two weeks ago to give up his on-field duties with Class-A Orem (Utah) to focus solely on scouting. Kotchman chose to do neither. The longest-tenured manager in the farm system and father of Cleveland first baseman and former Angels first-round pick Casey Kotchman resigned Friday after 29 years in the organization, though he said any inference he was "forced" out were not accurate.
May 23, 2012 |
If a tree falling in a forest doesn't make a sound, then the streaking Cleveland Indians in an empty ballpark must be just as insignificant. With nearly 45 games complete, the Indians are one of the most surprising teams in the majors and are perched atop their division. But the Indians aren't the only team causing double takes for those who live by the saying: "If the season would end today ... " The Orioles are leading the AL East over the likes of Tampa Bay, New York and Boston.
July 28, 2011 |
Reporting from Cleveland — As the ball dropped into center fielder Peter Bourjos' glove, Ervin Santana thrust his arms into the air and looked for someone to hug. But the man he most wanted to embrace wasn't there. So Santana honored him the best way he knew how. "I want to dedicate this no-hitter to my cousin, who just passed away," an emotional Santana, his eyes red and his voice cracking, said after throwing a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in the Angels' 3-1 win Wednesday afternoon.