September 15, 2008 |
MILWAUKEE -- Bernie Brewer wasn't at Miller Park on Sunday night, and the famous racing sausages decided to sit this one out too. But the pro-Cubs crowd of 23,441 who showed up for the first makeup game of the hurricane-affected series between the Cubs and Houston got a chance to watch Carlos Zambrano make history. Zambrano threw the Cubs' first no-hitter in 36 years in a 5-0 victory, stunning the Astros and making a triumphant return to the mound after an 11-day layoff since his last start.
September 13, 2008 |
LAS VEGAS -- Sergio Mora, a major player in today's boxing card at the MGM Grand, gave promoters a scare Friday before making his 154-pound weight about two hours after the first weigh-in. Mora, of Los Angeles, will fight Vernon Forrest of Atlanta in a rematch of their June fight, won by Mora, who gained the attention of the boxing world by winning the TV show "The Contender." Mora's first weigh-in was 156 pounds. Their match will directly precede the main event between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Joel Casamayor, the Cuban who now lives in Miami.
August 8, 2008 |
In New York, this would be heresy: The playoffs without the Yankees. "I think the logo doesn't allow that," Larry Bowa said. Bowa coached for the Yankees last season, then followed Manager Joe Torre to the Dodgers. Torre led the Yankees into October every year he managed there -- 12 in all -- and he has a pretty good idea of how New York would react if the Yankees missed the playoffs. "It's going to be horrible if the Red Sox make it," Torre said.
July 11, 2008 |
Dave Eisenberg had just witnessed baseball history -- his Dodgers became the fifth team ever to win a game without getting a hit. There was only one problem for Eisenberg, aside from the Dodgers' hitting woes. "I didn't keep score," said Eisenberg, a six-year season-ticket holder. "But I really wish I had. The game was unbelievable." After the improbable 1-0 Dodgers' win over the Angels on June 28, Eisenberg changed his ways, and began keeping score. When history was nearly made again on Monday -- as Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda took a perfect game into the eighth inning -- Eisenberg was ready.
June 30, 2008 |
Matt Young was vacationing on a boat in Catalina on Saturday night when his cellphone and the phones of his two kids started lighting up and vibrating with calls and text messages. The Dodgers had become the fifth team in baseball's modern era to win a game without a hit, defeating the Angels, 1-0, despite the efforts of right-handers Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo, who combined for eight no-hit innings.
June 13, 2008 |
The quest to hit .400 is not a private journey. The Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones is learning that each day. The Braves begin a three-game series with the Angels tonight, with Jones dragging a gaudy .414 batting average with him. He has not spent a day under .400 since April 12, and the media weight, with those can-he-do-it questions, gets a little heavier every day. "It's still so early," Jones said. "We get into August and September and somebody's hitting .