May 2, 2010
Left-hander Alan Embree has been designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox, who needed to make room on their roster to bring Daisuke Matsuzaka off the disabled list on Saturday night. Embree pitched for the 2004 Red Sox team that won the World Series but never threw a pitch for Boston in his second stint with the club. He was signed to a minor league contract on March 20 and struggled during spring training. The 40-year-old veteran began the season at triple-A Pawtucket and was activated by the Red Sox on Wednesday, but didn't pitch in the two games he was on the roster.
April 27, 2010 |
Ryan Howard preferred securing his future in Philadelphia to testing free agency in two years. The slugging first baseman agreed to a $125-million, five-year contract extension Monday that could keep him with the Phillies until 2017. The 30-year-old Howard will make $20 million each in 2012 and 2013 and $25 million annually from 2014-16. The Phillies have a $23-million club option for 2017 with a $10-million buyout. The two-time All-Star led the Phillies to two straight trips to the World Series, winning a championship in 2008.
August 16, 2009 |
Classic problem for pitchers Maybe it's just a coincidence, but nearly two dozen of the big league pitchers who participated in last spring's World Baseball Classic have landed on the disabled list this season, including six of 15 who pitched for the U.S. One of those was the Angels' Scot Shields , who was largely ineffective through 20 appearances (1-3, 6.62 earned-run average) before having season-ending surgery on his left knee. The Angels wondered whether Shields' slow start, if not the injury, was a product of his five relief appearances in the WBC in March.
June 3, 2009 |
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched five effective innings to win for the first time this season and Boston Manager Terry Francona earned his 500th victory Tuesday night as the Red Sox defeated the Tigers, 5-1. Francona became the third Boston manager to reach that plateau with the Red Sox, joining Joe Cronin (1,071) and Mike Higgins (560). Matsuzaka (1-3), in his third start since a five-week stint on the disabled list, came into the game with an 8.
September 16, 2008 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, Jason Bay, Jason Varitek, Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury each hit a home run and Boston beat Tampa Bay, 13-5, Monday night. The Red Sox won for the first time in seven games at Tropicana Field this season, climbing to within .002 percentage points of the first-place Rays in the American League East. The Rays (88-60) were a season-high 5 1/2 games ahead of the Red Sox (89-61) heading into September. Daisuke Matsuzaka (17-2)
August 30, 2008 |
at Boston 8, Chicago 0: Daisuke Matsuzaka (16-2) yielded two singles in eight innings. His 16 wins tied Hideo Nomo's single-season record for the most by a native of Japan. With Josh Beckett being put on the disabled list, the Red Sox used Matsuzaka in his place against the Central Division leaders, and he pitched one of his most efficient games of the season. at Tampa Bay 14, Baltimore 3: Ben Zobrist hit a grand slam, Cliff Floyd drove in five runs and the East-leading Rays (82-51)