Tag:Rich Thompson
Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:56 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 12:20 am
 

No-hitter alert: Angels no-hitting Red Sox

By C. Trent Rosecrans 
 
UPDATE: Jed Lowrie broke up the no-hitter with one out in the seventh inning, singling to right off Downs. Downs walked Kevin Youkilis to start the inning, then got David Ortiz looking.

In the top of the seventh, Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer to give Anaheim a 2-0 lead.

Ervin SantanaA two-and-a-half hour rain delay and change of pitchers hasn't helped Boston's bats -- as the Angels have a combined no-hitter through six innings.

Starter Ervin Santana didn't allow a hit in the first four innings, striking out seven Red Sox batters in four innings before the rain delay at Fenway Park. Rich Thompson replaced Santana after the delay and held the Red Sox hitless for another 1 2/3 innings.

Thompson was pulled for left-hander Scott Downs, who came in to face Adrian Gonzalez with two outs in the sixth and Jacoby Ellsbury on third base. Downs got Gonzalez to ground out to short.

Josh Beckett gave up just one hit in 4 1/3 inning before the rain delay. Matt Albers allowed two more in his 1 2/3 innings, but no runs have scored.

Dan Wheeler has entered the game for the Red Sox in the seventh with the game tied 0-0.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 2:13 pm
 

Baseball back Down Under

Rich Thompson
Major League Baseball is helping fund a new professional league in Australia, providing a showcase for Australian and other international players and hoping to funnel talent to the major leagues. There hasn't been pro baseball Down Under since 1999.

There will be six teams: Adelaide Bite, Brisbane Bandits, Canberra Cavalry, Melbourne Aces, Perth Heat and Sydney Blue Sox. The Australian Baseball League will run for 10 weeks between November and January, running in the U.S. offseason in order to add another winter ball option for major-league prospects.

There have been 28 major-league players from Australia and six this season (including the Angels' Rich Thompson, shown pitching in the 2009 World Baseball Classic). MLB says the number of Australians playing professionally in the U.S. has increased by 40 percent in the past decade, since the establishment of the MLB Australian Academy Program.

-- David Andriesen

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