Tag:Kevin Youkilis
Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:00 am
 

Pepper: Concussion continues to haunt Morneau

Justin Morneau

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Justin Morneau said the concussion symptoms that will keep him out until at least Friday are "nothing like" what he went through last year, and I'm sure that's true.

But the fact that Morenau began experiencing those symptoms (a headache and fogginess) on Monday and still had the remnants of the symptoms on Tuesday are scary. There's so little we know about concussions, there's little understanding of how our brains react to being move inside its casing and how long it can affect a human.

Morneau has had plenty of other problems this season, but until this week concussions hadn't been part of his problem -- or at least that we know. That's the thing with concussions, there's so much we don't know and we may never know. Science is a wonderful thing, but it takes time. 

What is impressive is how the Twins have handled this -- they didn't rush Morneau back last season when they could have used him and they're taking all precautions this season. I hope this doesn't last the rest of Morneau's career, but I think it'd hardly be a surprise if it did.

There was a lot of attention to concussions last year in the NFL season, but this isn't just a football problem or even just a sports problem, it's a medical problem that we should all take a lot of interest in and make sure we understand as much as possible. Those who say it's just "ringing a bell" and players need to be "tougher" are just ignorant and it's a mindset that must be changed. [Star Tribune]

Game-changer: Technology isn't just great for fans -- the players are using technology in many ways to improve their games. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark takes an in-depth look at the way baseball is using technology, from iPads to using stats to predict pitching patterns. It's well worth the read.

Elite company: Marlins right-hander Javier Vazquez became the 30th pitch in major-league history to record 2,500 strikeouts in Tuesday's game victory over the Mets. [Miami Herald]

Rehab updates: Grady Sizemore will start his rehab assignment on Wednesday [MLB.com], while Boston's Kevin Youkilis and J.D. Drew started their rehab assignments on Tuesday -- Drew went 3 for 3 and Youkilis went 1 for 4 with a walk and reached on an error. [Dan Hoard]

Price of success: Remember Pirate Fever earlier this summer? Well, Pittsburgh fans are going to pay for it as the team is raising its prices for 2012. That said, the increase is modest from an average of $15.30 to $16.11 per ticket. The Pirates had the lowest average ticket price in baseball (in one of the best settings) for 2011 and will still be close, if not at, the bottom next season. The Pirates hadn't raised prices in a decade. The Pirates said most tickets would stay the same, decrease or increase by $3 or less. The dugout box seats will be raised by $5 -- but only $2 more than they were in 2002. [Pittsburgh Tribube-Review]

Favorite things: The Tigers wives put together auction gift baskets filled with players' favorite things every year, and you can learn a lot about some of baseball's best -- like Justin Verlander likes crappy food and crappy movies, Ryan Raburn loves killin' stuff, why Daniel Schlereth smells funny and that Phil Coke uses "liquid titanium massage lotion." [H/T MLive.com]

R and RBI: Curtis Granderson is leading the big leagues in both runs and RBI -- a feat that has been done just 19 times before, six times by Babe Ruth. [Baseball-Reference.com]

Wakefield pushed back: Tim Wakefield's seemingly never-ending search for his 200th win will be delayed a bit, as Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the knuckleballer that he's skipping his turn in the rotation for a turn. Andrew Miller will start Friday against Texas instead of Wakefield. Wakefield is 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA in seven starts since his winning No. 199. [Boston Globe]

Call ups: The clubhouse at Great American Ball Park could get pretty crowded. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said "quite a few" players will get called up when the rosters expand. The most heralded is catcher Devin Mesoraco, who Evan wrote about Tuesday. [Cincinnati Enquirer]

In-flight entertainment: You may be able to watch baseball games live on your phone on a flight. [Los Angeles Times]

Father-son show: Former Met Howard Johnson, 50, will play alongside his son, Glen, for the independent Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League on Sunday and Monday. [New York Daily News]

Cool card: Check out these awesome baseball cards fans got when they went to a My Morning Jacket concert in Philadelphia last week. Very, very cool. [UniWatch Blog]

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Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Red Sox place Youkilis on DL

Kevin YoukilisBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Red Sox have placed Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list with a  sore back and called up DH/catcher Ryan Lavarnway, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

With David Ortiz also sidelined, the Red Sox are struggling offensively -- managing just nine hits in three games against the Rays -- as they head to Kansas City to face the Royals for three games.

Lavarnway, 24, was hitting .293/.372/.559 combined at Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket this season and has hit 30 home runs in 110 games, 16 in 55 games at Triple-A and 14 in 55 games at Double-A. His Numbers across the board have been better in Triple-A than Double-A. 

Since being taken in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Yale, Lavarnway has hit 75 home runs, including 22 last season at Class A and Double-A.

Youkilis didn't play in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, but did play yesterday, collecting one of the team's three hits off of starter David Price. In the last 20 games, Youkilis has hit just .181/.280/.403. He's hitting .266/.380/.481 with 17 home runs and 78 RBI overall.

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 12:21 am
 

Youkilis could see himself with Reds

Kevin YoukilisBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Kevin Youkilis is under contract with the Red Sox through next season with a club option for 2013, but he can see life after Boston.

With Adrian Gonzalez locked up through 2018, Youkilis won't be returning to first base anytime soon and one of the team's most prized prospects is a third baseman, Will Middlebrooks. In an interview with ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald, the 32-year-old Youkilis said he could see himself returning to his hometown of Cincinnati after spending the all of his career in Boston.

"If it wasn't Bsoton, I would want to play in Cincinnati just to say that I did it," Youkilis said. "I grew up rooting for them. I used to be bitter towards the Reds because they didn't draft me, but that bitterness is gone. It would be fun and it would be for my family."

He could also make sense for the Reds. Cincinnati's current first baseman, Joey Votto, is a free agent after the 2013 season and would certainly command big money in free agency, perhaps more than the team can afford. The team is also without a third baseman of the future, as Scott Rolen's contract runs through the 2012 season and at 36 may not play past that contract. The Reds' top third base prospect, Juan Francisco, has had three stints in the big leagues, but failed to make a true impact. Francisco, 24, has a ton of power, but isn't very good defensively. Todd Frazier, currently on the roster, has played third but lacks a true position.

Youkilis is beloved in Boston, but said he could see a day when he wasn't playing for the Red Sox.

"I don't know what their plans are past [2013] but I actually think it would be cool, if I don't play here, that there's going to be another guy to enjoy the opportunities that I had," Youkilis said. "I've been thinking about that a lot. Probably for the first time in my life I haven't worried about if I had to go to another team and it doesn't bother me."

Youkilis went to high school at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, just up I-71 from Great American Ball Park and also played four years at the University of Cincinnati. Youkilis was undrafted after his junior year and taken by the Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2001 draft. He's a frequent visitor to Cincinnati in the offseason and at Bearcat football games.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Youkilis supports expanded playoffs

By C. Trent Rosecrans

PHOENIX -- If Bud Selig wants to expand Major League Baseball's playoffs or even radically realign the divisions, he has an ally in Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

Youkilis would prefer to see a more NBA-style playoff format with the top eight teams from each league making the playoffs, regardless of division. He also thinks less divisional play would take some of the spotlight off the Red Sox and Yankees and on other teams -- and he's fine with that.



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Posted on: July 8, 2011 11:15 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Peralta, Youkilis named All-Stars

By Matt Snyder

With the news Friday that elected AL All-Star starters Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter would not play in the All-Star Game, two spots opened up on the AL roster. They will be filled by Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta. As the line moves forward one spot at each position, Adrian Beltre is now starting at third and Asdrubal Cabrera will start at short.

Youkilis, 32, will be making his third appearance in the Midsummer Classic. He came into Friday night hitting .276 with 12 homers, 58 RBI and a .394 OBP.

Peralta, a nine-year veteran, will be playing in his first All-Star Game. He entered Friday hitting .310 with 14 homers and an .892 OPS.

Beltre will be playing in his second All-Star Game, but it will be his first start. He also played in the game last season but struck out in his only at-bat.

Finally, Cabrera should have been the starter anyway, if we were basing the vote on the 2011 season rather than career achievement or popularity. He's a wizard with the glove and is hitting .291 with 14 homers, 50 RBI, 55 runs and 12 steals.

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 1:47 pm
 

X-rays negative on Youkilis' foot

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Kevin YoukilisUnlike Mike Cameron, Kevin Youkilis is still on the Red Sox roster. However, he will not be in the lineup against the Phillies' Cole Hamels on Thursday and has been replaced by Drew Sutton.

Youkilis fouled a ball off his left foot in Wednesday night's loss to the Phillies and said his ankle was still "throbbing" this morning. However, you can exhale Red Sox fans, X-rays taken this morning showed no damage, according to the Boston Herald.

"Hopefully it's just one day, get some treatment and get it going for tomorrow," Youkilis told reporters before the X-rays were taken. "We're hoping that it's probably nothing. Hopefully there's no bone damage, just swelling."

Youkilis stayed in the game even though he suffered the injury in the fourth inning last night. He fininished 0-for-3 with a walk.

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:47 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 4:16 pm
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Livan's 50th complete game

Livan Hernandez

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

Livan Hernandez, Nationals -- Not only did Hernandez record his 50th career complete game, second only to Roy Halladay among active pitchers, but he also shutout the National League's best offense, holding St. Louis to just three base runners on the night. In all, Hernandez struck out six while allowing three hits. He broke a personal six-game losing streak with the victory, moving to 4-8 with a 3.77 ERA on the season.

Josh Beckett, Red Sox -- A complete game, one-hit shutout for the Red Sox right-hander. Remember before the season started and there were questions if Beckett was done as a front-line starter? Not anymore. He improved to 6-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.86 while allowing just a single to Rays No. 9 hitter Reid Brignac, who was the Rays' only baserunner on the day. And the Red Sox needed it, as they weren't exactly pounding Jeremy Hellickson, who gave up four hits in seven innings, giving up a three-run homer to Kevin Youkilis.

Mark Teixeira, Yankees -- Teixeira homered twice in the Yankees' 12-4 victory over the Rangers, marking his 31st career multi-homer game. It was also the 11th time he's recorded homers from both sides of the plate, tying the big-league record held by Chili Davis and Eddie Murray. Teixeira grew up in the Baltimore area watching Murray, so it's even more special for him to tie that record.


Albert Pujols, Cardinals -- Pujols has gotten plenty of praise for his willingness to move to third base as the Cardinals have needed it this season. And with Allen Craig going on the disabled list with a fractured right patella, he may be playing more at third. Is that necessarily a good thing for the Cardinals? It wasn't on Wednesday, as his two-out throwing error in the third inning led to a run for the Nationals and then another error in the third inning helped lead to three runs in the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 10-0 loss to the Nationals.

Marlins bullpen -- Florida had Roy Halladay beaten, after seven innings, Anibal Sanchez left with a 4-2 lead against the Phillies, having allowed just four hits in seven innings. After Randy Choate threw a scoreless eighth, Leo Nunez came in to close it out. Nunez allowed three hits and two runs, sending the game into extra innings. There, Mike Dunn, hit a batter, walked another and gave up the game-winning single to Carlos Ruiz. With two losses on the day, the Marlins extended their losing streak to six and fell into a tie for last place with the Washington Nationals, 10 1/2 games out in the NL East.

Mitt Romney, "Red Sox fan" -- The presidential candidate wouldn't take any political questions in his visit to Tropicana Field, but said he just wanted to "talk baseball." Romney, who said he and his sons are "Red Sox fans true blue" and referred to the Red Sox as "we," admitted he had "no idea" he was going to a game in a dome.  It's fine not to be a baseball fan, even for an American politician, but to blatantly pander to the baseball fan is just unseemly. We don't talk politics here, but Romney started it by trying to talk baseball.

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