October 19, 2013 |
BOSTON - A celebration of beer and fried chicken was in order Saturday night at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox pulled off another late-inning comeback in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam against Jose Veras erased a one-run deficit and led the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over Detroit, launching Boston into its third World Series since 2004. Boston Strong? Absolutely. "When you get attacked on your home turf like that, it's a feeling of pride here," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said, referring to the terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.
October 16, 2013 |
Masters champion Adam Scott broke the course record Wednesday at Port Royal with a seven-under-par 64 to win the PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two shots over U.S. Open champion Justin Rose at Southampton, Bermuda. Trailing by four shots with 10 holes to play, Scott pulled ahead of his good friend for the first time with a six-iron that settled inches from the cup on the par-five 17th for a tap-in eagle. Rose pulled his approach and had to settle for par. Rose, who opened with a 67, had a 69 in the 36-hole exhibition for the four major champions of the year.
October 14, 2013 |
When the Detroit Tigers take the field Tuesday afternoon, check out their eyes. Expect blank faces, distant stares. Their most important need going into Game 3 of the American League Championship Series may not be great pitching and hitting. It may be emergency counseling, a psychological jump-start. Is Sigmund Freud's couch available? Detroit had the series in the palm of its hand. Two more innings Sunday night and the rest would be a formality. Even the Boston Red Sox fans, never-say-die loyalists bundled up against the New England chill in wonderfully creaky Fenway Park, had to be reaching for the white hankies.
October 13, 2013 |
BOSTON - When Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino strolls to the plate at Fenway Park, the public-address system blares the opening lyric to his walk-up song: "Don't worry about a thing …" The Red Sox faithful promptly finish the second half of Bob Marley's lyrics, singing in unison: " 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right. " Perhaps no one really believed it late Sunday night, not after right-hander Max Scherzer struck out 13 batters and gave up two hits through seven innings, one day after the Red Sox struck out 17 times and were almost no-hit in Game 1. BOX SCORE: Red Sox 6, Tigers 5 But just when worrying seemed to be back in vogue in Boston, David Ortiz hit a two-out grand slam on the first pitch from Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning, tying the score, 5-5. The Red Sox won it in the ninth inning on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's single to left field to drive in Jonny Gomes from third base, beating the Detroit Tigers, 6-5, and tying the American League Championship Series at a game apiece.
October 10, 2013 |
The man who won all four Grand Slam tennis events in a single year -- twice -- Rod Laver, says there is no argument in his mind who is the greatest player of this generation: Roger Federer. “When I look at Federer, with what he's accomplished, against the competition that he's accomplished it with, I'd have to say I would think that Roger is the greatest player,” Laver said while attending the Shanghai Masters on Thursday in China. And while Rafael Nadal has a 21-10 career advantage over Federer, Laver doesn't think he has the complete body of work that Federer has accumulated.
September 28, 2013 |
When Alex Rodriguez hit his record 24th grand slam of his career earlier this month, the boy who ended up with the ball didn't want to return it to the Yankees third baseman. But 12-year-old Steven Gieseler Jr. eventually turned it over to a Yankee Stadium security chief because "it's the player's accomplishment," he told Newsday. "He deserves to get it back. He worked hard for it. " That's where Major League Baseball would disagree. Rodriguez, who has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs in the past, is facing a 211-game suspension because of his involvement with the anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, whose founder and owner admits he supplied major leaguers with banned substances.