July 8, 2010 |
Standing in the visitors' clubhouse at Angel Stadium, a purple rally monkey draped around his neck, Ubaldo Jimenez doesn't look particularly threatening. When Jimenez stands on the pitcher's mound staring down a batter, it's a whole different story. "I'm sure it's not a comfortable at-bat for anybody who steps in the box against him," Colorado Rockies teammate Todd Helton said. Jimenez, the 26-year-old Rockies ace, said he planned to give the toy to his 6-year-old niece — but he might want to borrow it when he returns to Anaheim for the All-Star game Tuesday.
May 30, 2010
Your ace,our hope The best pitcher in baseball against the two-time defending Cy Young winner: What might be at stake? For the San Francisco Giants, nothing but the franchise. Ubaldo Jimenez and Tim Lincecum meet in a Memorial Day showdown in San Francisco, a coming-out party for the Colorado Rockies' ace. Jimenez is 9-1 with an 0.88 earned-run average, and he gave up two hits in the loss. He has a one-hitter and a no-hitter and scoreless streaks of 25 innings and 17 innings.
May 15, 2010 |
Average attendance is down for 27 of the 30 big league teams entering the weekend, continuing a trend that has seen ticket sales decline every season since 2007. Business is certain to grow when schools let out and the weather improves, but that may not help much in places such as Toronto, Baltimore and Cleveland, where clubs long have been drawing record-low crowds. Besides, even Sun Belt teams are struggling. The Florida Marlins played nine of their first 17 home games in front of crowds of less than 14,000, and Tampa Bay, with the best record in the majors, has drawn two home crowds of less than 11,000.
May 9, 2010 |
His last, dreadful game still a fresh memory, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw called his mom, Marianne, wished her a happy Mother's Day and then prepared to face perhaps the best pitcher in baseball. "You can't give that team any runs with him pitching," the left-handed Kershaw said of the Colorado Rockies and their ace Ubaldo Jimenez, who began the game with a 6-0 record and an 0.87 earned-run averge, not to mention a no-hitter last month. So the 22-year-old Kershaw did just that, pitching a magnificent eight innings in which he gave up two hits and, with Jonathan Broxton working the ninth inning for the save, leading the Dodgers to a 2-0 win and handing Jimenez his first loss.
May 8, 2010 |
Of Joe Torre's 40-plus seasons in the major leagues, the Dodgers' manager thought of only one pitcher who reminds him of Ubaldo Jimenez , the Rockies' shut-down right-hander who the Dodgers face Sunday. "I guess Soto with Cincinnati," Torre said, speaking of Mario Soto , the Reds' fireballer who could throw a high-90s fastball and a back-breaking changeup that baffled hitters from the late '70s to the late '80s. Jimenez, who is 6-0 and leads the majors with a 0.87 earned-run average, gained national fame from his no-hitter April 17 against Atlanta.
April 18, 2010
— Ubaldo Jimenez pitched the first no-hitter in the Colorado Rockies' 18-year history and the majors' first this season, dominating the Atlanta Braves in a 4-0 victory Saturday night. Jimenez (3-0) walked six — all in the first five innings. He was helped by Dexter Fowler's diving catch on Troy Glaus' drive to left-center field in the seventh inning. "That was unbelievable," Jimenez said. "The way he dove, I was like unbelievable." It's baseball's first no-hitter since White Sox ace Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game in a 5-0 victory over Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009.
April 2, 2010 |
"Baseball," San Francisco Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand said, "is just like life. Experiences that you get to encounter in the course of your life are learning experiences. You learn from them so that the next time those situations come, you're better equipped to handle them." Rowand may lack polish as a philosopher, but those words do relate to his team's hopes of contending for a championship in the National League West. After four seasons in which they finished an average of 14 games under .500, the young Giants were in playoff contention into September last season before stumbling to the finish.
March 5, 2010
Colorado Rockies 7, Angels 5 Tempe, Ariz. AT THE PLATE: Maicer Izturis' first spring game in the leadoff spot was productive — the shortstop singled and walked twice in three plate appearances. The only hit of note by an Angels regular was Torii Hunter's laser of a double off the left-field wall in the third inning. Michael Ryan's two-run single and Terry Evans' RBI single highlighted a four-run fifth for the Angels. ON THE MOUND: Starter Sean O'Sullivan was roughed up for five runs and four hits, including solo home runs by Clint Barmes and Cole Garner and a two-run triple by Ian Stewart , in 1 1/3 innings.
September 21, 2009 |
Jason Giambi hit a home run for the second consecutive game and Ubaldo Jimenez outpitched Dan Haren to help the Colorado Rockies defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-1, on Sunday. The Rockies expanded their National League wild-card lead to 4 1/2 games over San Francisco. Colorado remained five games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. Giambi, who had a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning of Colorado's 10-4 victory Saturday night, hit a two-run shot against Haren in the eighth inning.
August 29, 2009 |
Tim Lincecum struck out eight in eight innings to end a four-start winless stretch, Pablo Sandoval homered and the San Francisco Giants gained ground on the wild-card-leading Colorado Rockies with a 2-0 victory Friday night. The Giants pulled within two games of the Rockies in the wild-card race and six of the NL West-leading Dodgers, who lost at Cincinnati. Sandoval's solo shot off Ubaldo Jimenez broke a scoreless tie in the fifth. -- associated press