August 1, 2010
Monday through Thursday: vs. San Diego Padres Friday through Sunday: vs. Washington Nationals Miguel Batista of the Nationals was booed when he started Tuesday as a last-minute replacement for the wondrous Stephen Strasburg , who went on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. "Imagine if you go to see Miss Universe, then you end up having Miss Iowa," Batista said. "You might get those kind of boos." Batista meant no harm, and the next day he sent flowers to Miss Iowa, Katherine Connors . Yet the quip took on such a life of its own that Connors flew to Washington to throw out the first pitch Friday — with Batista catching.
August 18, 2009 |
With 77 seconds left on the clock, the Washington Nationals got their man. The Nationals guaranteed San Diego State right-hander Stephen Strasburg $15.1 million -- shattering the record payment to a draft pick -- in an agreement with agent Scott Boras just ahead of a midnight deadline on the East Coast. "It was an amicable but anxious time at the finish," Nationals acting General Manager Mike Rizzo said on a conference call that started at 12:45 a.m. in Washington. "We did get the deal signed at 11:58 and 43 seconds."
August 16, 2009 |
Kudos to Brewers owner Mark Attanasio for biting the bullet and swallowing approximately $10.5 million in releasing Bill Hall . . . Jordan Zimmermann's out-of-nowhere Tommy John surgery is a huge setback for the Nationals, adding even more pressure on them to sign Stephen Strasburg . . . Sandy Alderson's name continues to pop up with teams facing some transition after the season . . . Cecil Cooper , who long ago lost the faith...
August 19, 2009 |
Ivan Rodriguez is coming home to the Texas Rangers. The 14-time All-Star catcher who started his career with the Rangers at age 19 was acquired in a trade Tuesday with the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Matt Nevarez and two players to be named. "He brings experience," Rangers President Nolan Ryan said. "He's a veteran, and he brings us a lot of things." The 37-year-old Rodriguez, one of the most popular players in Rangers history, signed a one-year, $1.5-million contract with the Astros in March and went on to hit .251 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 93 games.
June 1, 2013
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of bursitis in his left knee. The knee has bothered Harper since he crashed into the wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13. He has missed the last five games, and the DL move is retroactive to May 27. Washington Manager Davey Johnson also said an MRI test showed a slight strain in pitcher Stephen Strasburg's right side, and the team hopes...
September 8, 2012 |
Those calling for Mike Scioscia's job as Angels manager in this season of underachieving might make note of Friday's night's 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. With the speedy Peter Bourjos in scoring position at second base and two out in the bottom of the ninth inning, power-hitting Mark Trumbo was next to bat. Trumbo, one of the more productive Angels all season but currently in a slump, would normally be exactly who you want at the plate in that situation. But the combination of his slump and a right-handed pitcher on the mound against the right-handed-hitting Trumbo prompted Scioscia to make one of those moves only a seasoned, confident manager would make.
August 22, 2010 |
Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella bumped up his retirement plans by six weeks and stepped down after a 16-5 loss Sunday to the Atlanta Braves. Piniella previously announced that he would retire from managing after the 2010 season, but he accelerated his departure so he could spend more time with his ill mother in Tampa, Fla. Piniella recently took a leave from the Cubs to tend to his 90-year-old mother, and he said her health has had some "complications. " Mike Quade , the Cubs' third base coach, will become the interim manager.
April 27, 2012 |
Teenage phenom Bryce Harper is scheduled to make his major-league debut for the Washington Nationals on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Harper, a power-hitting, 19-year-old outfielder, has been called up from triple-A Syracuse to replace third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the active roster. Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a shoulder injury. As a 16-year-old prep star in Las Vegas, Harper appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated alongside the headline, “Baseball's Chosen One.” After his sophomore year of high school, Harper passed the GED and enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada.
September 28, 2010 |
Atlanta Braves second baseman Martin Prado will be out the rest of the season because of a hip pointer and torn oblique muscle, the team announced Tuesday. It's a tough loss for the Braves, who are fighting for the NL wild-card spot. Prado injured his hip in Monday night's game against the Florida Marlins when he dived to rob Dan Uggla of a hit. Prado collapsed in pain during a fifth-inning at-bat and had to be helped off the field. Prado was hitting .307 with 15 home runs, 40 doubles and 66 runs batted in. Rays give away tickets After Tampa Bay players criticized fans for not showing up to Monday's game that could have clinched the second playoff spot in franchise history, the Rays will give away 20,000 tickets to Wednesday's home finale against Baltimore.
October 11, 2013 |
ST. LOUIS - If Michael Wacha is the latest man about town in this baseball-crazed town, he hasn't discovered it yet. “I still go to Target,” he said Friday. “I still go to the grocery store. Nobody really notices me or anything like that.” The Dodgers will take notice of Wacha on Saturday, when he starts for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates took plenty of notice of him in Game 4 of the division series, when Wacha threw 7 1/3 no-hit innings in the Cardinals' 2-1 victory on Monday.