May 20, 2000 |
Once Chuck Knoblauch walked, the New York Yankees were off and running. Knoblauch battled Dave Burba for 10 pitches, fouling off three with a full count before walking to ignite a five-run fourth inning Friday night that sent the visiting Yankees to an 11-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians. "That was big. Really big," Yankee Manager Joe Torre said. "And it didn't surprise me. When you see him fouling off balls over our dugout, you know he's waiting on a good one."
April 3, 2005 |
The early architectural reviews of renovated Dodger Stadium promise to be more flattering than any assessment of the Dodger defense, which faltered again in the late innings of another fall-from-ahead defeat.
April 9, 2005 |
Left fielder Jayson Werth is on his way to Los Angeles, but not to join the Dodgers for their home opener. Trainer Stan Johnston said Werth's injured left wrist will be examined Monday by Dr. Robert Chandler, a trauma specialist working in the Kerlan-Jobe physician group. Werth broke a tiny bone in his wrist more than a month ago when he was hit by a pitch and he has had daily treatment at the Dodger spring training complex in Vero Beach, Fla.
May 26, 2005 |
The return of left fielder Jayson Werth on Wednesday from the broken left wrist he suffered in the first game of spring training will cut into the playing time of Ricky Ledee. And Ledee says he's OK with that. "When I signed here I knew what I was supposed to do," said Ledee, who signed as a free agent on Dec. 6, 2004. "The whole time I knew I would be [the fourth outfielder] if everybody was here so I'm just grateful for the playing time I did get.
July 4, 2002 |
Jimmy Rollins gave the fans a reason to come back to Veterans Stadium. Rollins' run-scoring single with two out in the eighth inning lifted the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-7 victory over the New York Mets before a crowd of 50,396 on Wednesday night. "The crowd reminded me of the late 1970s, early '80s," said Manager Larry Bowa, a shortstop on the Phillies' 1980 championship team. "To win it the way we did is incredible."
March 1, 2006 |
Left field ranked near the bottom of positions top prospect Joel Guzman expected to be asked to learn. But beginning today, Guzman -- a shortstop since signing in 2001 -- is a left fielder and a left fielder only. The Dodgers believe the position will give the 21-year-old power hitter the fastest route to the big leagues. "Now I know," Guzman said Tuesday, shrugging. "I told them, 'Fine, I'll work hard.' " Guzman appreciated that Manager Grady Little informed him personally.
June 24, 2004 |
Florida pitcher Josh Beckett is probably headed back to the disabled list. Beckett, trying to recover from a strained back muscle, felt pain while throwing for a second consecutive day Wednesday. He was hoping to start Saturday at Tampa Bay, but a team spokesman said Beckett's latest setback would probably land the World Series most valuable player on the 15-day disabled list for the second time in less than a month. The Marlins were not sure who would replace Beckett in the rotation.
September 5, 2000 |
David Wells placed the blame on his failed bid for 20 wins on home plate umpire Mark Wegner. Mike Stanley went five for five with five RBIs and Oakland scored seven runs in the first two innings Monday to knock out Wells in a 10-0 win over the Blue Jays at Toronto. "He just had one miserable day," Wells said of the second-year umpire. "He threw me off my game."
December 20, 2002 |
Hideki Matsui, intent on wearing the famous Yankee pinstripes, became the biggest Japanese baseball star to join the major leagues, reaching a preliminary agreement Thursday on a $21-million, three-year contract with New York. "I was nervous for a while because it hadn't been decided what team I would play for," Matsui said at a news conference in Tokyo. "Now, I'm relieved and ready to give my best. "The Yankees have a great baseball tradition and great players.
May 1, 2003 |
Surprised by Mike Kinkade's spectacular diving catch of Ricky Ledee's sixth-inning drive to the warning track in left-center field Tuesday night? So was the Dodger utility player, who has started only two games in the outfield this season. "I was probably the most shocked guy in the stadium," said Kinkade, who also made a superb, over-the-shoulder sliding catch in Pittsburgh on Sunday. "There's not much you can do to prepare for a play like that."