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Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Rockies sign Millwood, who could start Wednesday

By Matt Snyder

The Colorado Rockies have signed veteran starting pitcher Kevin Millwood, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Renck also notes that he's heard Millwood starting Wednesday for the Rockies against the Reds is a possibility.

This comes just a day after Millwood was contemplating retirement, though he didn't really change his mind. He simply said he was likely to retire unless someone came calling immediately. The Rockies did, so he's giving it one more shot.

Millwood, 36, signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on May 19 after opting out of his contract with the Yankees on May 1. Overall, he was 7-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 minor-league starts this season -- 13 of which came with Red Sox Triple-A affiliate Pawtuckett -- striking out 76 and walking 31 in 89 2/3 innings.

Millwood is 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in parts of 14 seasons with the Braves, Rangers, Phillies, Indians and Orioles.

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Posted on: August 7, 2011 11:14 am
Edited on: August 7, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Millwood likely to retire

Kevin MillwoodBy C. Trent Rosecrans

It sounds as if right-hander Kevin Millwood, granted his release by the Red Sox on Sunday, will retire.

Speaking to Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times, Millwood said another team would have to call him quickly for him to take another shot at pitching in the big leagues.

"I’m not going to throw, play catch, or things like that," Millwood told McGair (via Dan Hoard). "Something is going to have to happen soon, but I’m not looking for that. I just thought it was time.”

Millwood had made 13 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket and was 5-1 with a 4.28 ERA.

Citing "several" sources, Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com reported Millwood cleared out his locker after Saturday's game in Pawtucket. He last pitched on Friday, going six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits in a no-decision against Buffalo.

"It wasn’t a shock," Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur told Hoard, the team's play-by-play broadcaster.  "I was hoping he would stay with us for at least a few more games, but he felt that nothing was happening for him in Boston –- those were his exact words -– and he just said 'it’s time.'" 

Millwood, 36, signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on May 19 after opting out of his contract with the Yankees on May 1. He started two games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Triple-A team and one for Double-A Trenton. Overall, he was 7-2 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 minor-league starts this season, striking out 76 and walking 31 in 89 2/3 innings.

Millwood is 159-137 with a 4.11 ERA in parts of 14 seasons with the Braves, Rangers, Phillies, Indians and Orioles. Last season he lost a league-leading 16 games for Baltimore.

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:05 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 9:59 am
 

Marlins' Vazquez talking retirement

Javier VazquezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Quick trivia question -- who is the big leagues' active leader in strikeouts?

It may take you a while to come up with Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez (well, unless you saw the headline and the picture), whose 2,462 are more than Tim Wakefield (2,121), CC Sabathia (1,949), Kevin Millwood (1,940) and Livan Hernandez (1,918). 

That may not be the answer next season, though.

Vazquez tells Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that this may be his last season in the big leagues.

"I know what I want to do already. I've talked to my family about that and basically this could be my last year," Vazquez said. "This could be it for me. The hunger is still there. But I think God puts my priorities in order. Baseball is probably third right now."

Vazquez signed a one-year deal worth $7 million before the season, his 14th in the big leagues. This season stared out terribly for Vazquez, who gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first outing of the season and had a 7.55 ERA through his first eight starts of the season. However, in his last eight starts, he's 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA and the Marlins are 6-2 in those starts.

While Vazquez could certainly help a team next year, he said he's more interested in his three children, ages 8, 6 and 3.

"He's still got good stuff in the tank," catcher John Buck told Navarro. "But unless his son asks him to play another year, he probably will just go home to be with his family."

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Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:16 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 1:34 am
 

Girardi will leave Jeter in leadoff spot

Jeter

By Evan Brunell

"It didn't take long, huh? One day," Derek Jeter told ESPN New York.

Jeter is referring to a reporter phrasing a question by starting out referring to Jeter's "advanced age."

"I don't pay attention to it," said Jeter, who collected his 3,000th hit Saturday by blasting a home run en route to a five-hit day that pulled his batting average up to .270. "It depends on you guys writing it. We'll end on that note."

While Jeter has been feted -- and rightfully so -- in recent days for earning hit No. 3,000, as a whole, his season ranks as his poorest to date if you throw out his major-league debut year of 1995, when he appeared in 15 games. That's saying a lot, because Jeter's previous worst season came last year when he hit .270/.340/.370 in 739 plate appearances. He's done worse, with a .270/.331/.354 mark in 317 plate appearances entering Sunday's game.

"Is he hitting .320 like he did in 2009? No, he's not," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, when asked about Jeter's play. "But are you convinced that he can't hit .320 in the second half? That would be my question to everyone in here."

Girardi has been batting Jeter leadoff much of the year after starting him out in the No. 2 hole, then elevating him when Brett Gardner failed to produce in the early going.

"I think that sometimes people are quick to judge on players, and don't always understand what a player's necessarily going through," Girardi said. "None of us understand what it's like to be pursuing 3,000 hits. I think it was George Brett who said, 'The hardest one to get to is 3,000.' And once he got his 3,000th hit, it didn't take him long to get to 3,003.

"I think he's done a decent job in the leadoff position. I would be careful how quick you are to judge him and doubt that he can still do it because of the way he goes about his business."

Girardi made note that Jeter was not driving the ball in April, facts supported by his anemic .272 slugging percentage and sky-high 72.3 percent groundball rate. Jeter has improved since, although the improvement has merely taken him from not being worth a roster spot to simply a punchless, but passable, hitter. His groundball rate has decreased in each of the year's first three months. While it's too early to pass judgment on his power in July, the early returns have been strong.

"I don't think you can necessarily predict exactly what's going to happen after a month of a player's career, after two months," Girardi said. "Maybe a guy makes an adjustment. We've seen a lot of older guys make adjustments and do really well. I just think because it's New York and it's Derek Jeter, everything he does is under a microscope, when maybe if it's a different city or a different player, maybe it's not talked about as much."

Lost in this hubbub is that the Yankees don't exactly have a viable alternative to Jeter. Against left-handers, Nick Swisher could potentially lead off. But Jeter's best success this season has come against left-handers, and there's no reason to drop him in the order. Against right-handers, one could make a case that Gardner could lead off. Since his failed leadoff gambit in early April, Gardner has recovered, but Girardi doesn't want to shuffle the lineup too much -- at least not yet.

In other Yankees news, the Marlins are thought to be shopping reliever Randy Choate, the New York Post reports. Choate, who came up with the Yankees and spent four years with them, is enjoying a fine season as a left-handed specialist, something in demand by the Yankees. Florida is thought to be looking for infield prospects or a cheap major-leaguer.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 19, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Red Sox sign Millwood

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Kevin MillwoodKevin Millwood started this season as a Yankees minor leaguer and he'll try his hand with the Red Sox next, as the veteran right-hander has agreed to a minor-league deal with Boston, Yahoo.com's Tim Brown tweets.

Millwood was released by the Yankees earlier this month after making three starts in Double-A and Triple-A, going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Millwood, who was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA for Baltimore last season, reportedly didn't impress the Yankees brass with his velocity and had an out in his contract if he hadn't been called up by the end of the month.

The Red Sox could use depth, if nothing else, in their starting rotation with John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list with elbow problems.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Red Sox interested in Millwood

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Kevin MillwoodThe Red Sox are interested in Kevin Millwood, MLB.com's Peter Gammons tweets.

Millwood was released by the Yankees earlier this month after making three starts in Double-A and Triple-A, going 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA. Millwood, who was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA for Baltimore last season, reportedly didn't impress the Yankees brass with his velocity and had an out in his contract if he hadn't been called up by the end of the month.

The Red Sox could use depth, if nothing else, in their starting rotation with John Lackey and Daisuke Matsuzaka on the disabled list with elbow problems.

Gammons wrote the Red Sox have called Millwood to ask whether he'd be willing to go to Triple-A Pawtucket to attempt to work his way up to Boston.

The Yankees stacked up on low-risk older pitchers before the season, and it's worked out so far with Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon, so it's worth a shot, even if Millwood is the one of those Yankee gambles that didn't work out for New York.

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Posted on: May 2, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Millwood to listen to offers

Kevin MillwoodBy C. Trent Rosecrans

After opting out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees on Sunday, Kevin Millwood will be able to hear from other teams later today. He was not allowed to speak to other teams for 24 hours after opting out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees on Sunday.

"I am waiting to see which teams have interest, if any. That's pretty much it," Millwood told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. "I'm ready. I definitely still want to pitch."

Millwood, 36, is currently is at his home in Georgia. He made three minor-league starts for the Yankees in April -- one at Double-A and two at Triple-A. On Thursday, he allowed six runs and seven hits in just two innings on Thursday. He had a 4.50 ERA in his three starts. With Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia pitching well for the Yankees, Millwood was superfluous.

The Orioles, Connolly writes, have "mild interest" in the right-hander, who was 4-16 with a 5.10 ERA for Baltimore last season.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: April 30, 2011 10:40 am
 

Matusz nearing return, Simon converted to starter

SimonBy Evan Brunell

The Orioles are no longer at the top of the division, but are only two games under .500 and hoping to dip no lower.

For that to happen, though, Baltimore's got to start having some luck bounce its way as the rotation is missing Brian Matusz and Justin Duchscherer. Even the emergence of Zach Britton hasn't been enough, but the O's got some good news Thursday when Matusz tossed a bullpen session without restrictions. Now, Matusz is slated to throw a few innings of an extended spring training game on May 7. Assuming the lefty's left intercostal muscle doesn't flare up, another spring game could be in line, or the O's could ship Matusz out on a rehab start. That puts his potential big-league arrival three weeks away. That's eons away when you play a baseball game nearly every day, but Baltimore will take it.

"He's got his schedule, he knows it, each day what he's doing down there. There's two dates if he stays on schedule that he could be there for us," Orioles manager Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. "We've already tweaked it once or twice, but as long as he makes those goals physically, we can adjust it, but not until he gets a couple innings under his belt. I wouldn't say you are starting over, but he hasn't had a ball in his hand for over four weeks, so you got to build his arm strength back up."

Baltimore is seeking starting pitching depth and to that effect have converted reliever Alfredo Simon (pictured) to a starter. Simon closed games at one point last season and was slated to contend for the same job this season, but a murder charge in his native Dominican Republic derailed that. After being released on bond, Simon has been adjusting to his new role in extended spring training and is shaping up to toss five innings in a game Saturday. 

If that goes off without any hitches, he will then be taken off the restricted list -- which will force Baltimore to clear a 40-man spot -- and sent to a minor-league affiliate for further tuning as starter. The Sun says that Simon is in much better shape than usual and there are good reviews on his pitches, so bank on seeing him in Baltimore at some point this year.

Also, the O's are keeping an eye on Kevin Millwood, who pitched for Baltimore last season. Millwood found free agency lacking and only recently inked a minor-league deal with the Yankees. He can exercise an out clause in his contract Sunday if he is not promoted to the majors and New York is not expected to do that. That could put Millwood back on the free agent list for the O's to swoop in.

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