April 25, 1996 |
Memo to National League pitchers: Start throwing Henry Rodriguez curveballs. The Expos' Rodriguez homered for the fourth game in a row Wednesday and Shane Andrews singled in the winning run in the 10th inning of a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Montreal. Nothing to it. "They just throw me fastballs and I hit it," said Rodriguez, whose homer came in the first inning. "The way I feel right now I just have to go out and swing the bat." That's the way it has been lately.
August 12, 1997 |
Reinforcements are arriving almost daily for the St. Louis Cardinals. With almost zero effect. Ray Lankford returned to the lineup from a hamstring injury Friday, Brian Jordan was back from a bulging disk Sunday and Tom Pagnozzi, recovered from a long-term hip injury, should be behind the plate Tuesday. Slugger Mark McGwire arrived at the trading deadline. With 45 games to go, the Cardinals finally have their full everyday lineup, and then some. But they're a season-low 11 games below .
May 19, 1992 |
The Atlanta Braves called a team meeting before Monday night's game against St. Louis. After the game, Otis Nixon suggested having one all the time. Nixon had three hits, Terry Pendleton extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run homer and Charlie Leibrandt pitched a six-hitter as the Braves defeated the Cardinals, 5-1, at Atlanta. Brian Hunter and David Justice added solo homers for the Braves, who won for only the third time in 10 games.
August 30, 1993 |
With slugger Orel Hershiser facing the St. Louis Cardinals' Allen Watson Sunday, the game had a chance to be a pitchers' hitting duel. Hershiser's .424 batting average puts him on a pace to break the major league record for average by a pitcher, held by John Bentley, who batted .406 in 1923. At the New York Institute of Technology, Watson was ranked fifth in the nation among college hitters his senior year and he came into Sunday's game hitting .294 (five for 17, with two doubles).
April 23, 1991 |
The Houston Astros snapped a streak of 31 consecutive scoreless innings with two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Cincinnati reliever Randy Myers to beat the Reds, 2-1, Monday night. After Norm Charlton and Myers had shut out the Astros through eight innings, Ken Caminiti singled, pinch-hitter Mark Davidson walked and Luis Gonzalez singled to score pinch-runner Mark McLemore with the tying run. Myers walked Casey Candaele on four pitches before Karl Rhodes singled to drive in Davidson.
May 25, 2000 |
Mark McGwire made more history, and the St. Louis Cardinals hit back-to-back home runs for the second straight game. McGwire and Ray Lankford connected on consecutive pitches in a 5-1 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night at St. Louis. McGwire, who has six homers in his last six games, also became the fastest player to reach 20 in one season. "I'm just seeing it and hitting it, like I always do," McGwire said.
August 9, 2004 |
The Toronto Blue Jays fired Manager Carlos Tosca on Sunday, replacing him with first base coach John Gibbons, who will manage on an interim basis. Tosca is the third major league manager to be fired this season, joining Houston's Jimy Williams and Arizona's Bob Brenly. "We have six or seven weeks left in the season, and the team showed signs of not playing hard," said Toronto General Manager J.P. Ricciardi, who hired Tosca on June 3, 2002. "We have an obligation to try and do as well as we can.
August 22, 1990 |
The future begins now for the St. Louis Cardinals, as far as Manager Joe Torre is concerned. The Cardinals have eight potential free agents and Torre will be exploring a number of options and sitting down high-priced veterans as the season winds down. "We may see a mass exodus here," Torre said Tuesday. "I knew that coming in, but if all the main players decide to walk at least we got a peek instead of waiting till spring training to see what they can do."
May 15, 2004 |
Taking on the best pitchers in the National League is becoming a routine occurrence for Jason Marquis. Marquis added World Series MVP Josh Beckett to the list of pitchers he has outperformed with a dominant outing Friday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins, 6-3, at St. Louis. Marquis gave up two runs in 7 2/3 innings. He faced Randy Johnson and Roy Oswalt in his last two starts but did not get a decision in St. Louis' two victories.
June 7, 2000 |
John Rocker was a no-show Tuesday on his first day as a member of the Richmond (Va.) Braves. Rocker, assigned to the triple-A team by the Atlanta Braves on Monday, has three days to report. Speculation was that he would join the team tonight. * Twelve players from UCLA were selected in major league baseball's amateur draft, breaking the NCAA record of 11 set by USC in 1998. UCLA's previous high was 10 players drafted in 1991.