Tag:Stephen Drew
Posted on: June 19, 2011 1:24 am
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Danks toughs out victory

John Danks

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jon Danks, White Sox: Not only did Danks pick up the win against the Diamondbacks, going seven innings allowing seven hits and two runs (one earned), but he also stayed in the game after being hit in the head by a liner off the bat of Stephen Drew. In the fourth inning, Drew hit a liner off the back of Drew's head that bounced into the stands near the Arizona dugout. Danks just laughed off the incident and stayed in the game. Watch the play here.

Johnny Damon, Rays: Damon iced up his 500th double in the first inning of the Rays' victory over the Marlins. He's the 53rd player to reach the 500 doubles mark, but just the 11th plater to ever accumulate 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 homers and 2,500 hits. All 10 of the others -- George Brett, Lou Gehrig, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons and Robin Yount -- are in the Hall of Fame. 

Matt Holliday, Cardinals: Holliday's two-run homer in the eighth inning off of Kansas City's Greg Holland to end the Cardinals' seven-game losing streak. Holliday has two home runs in his three games back from the disabled list, going 5 for 9 with at least one RBI in each of the games.


Padres offense: Well exempt Chris Denorfia and Will Venable from this list for Saturday's worst results, because both of those Padres had multiple hits -- with Denorfia leading off the game with a triple, only to be stranded. None of the rest of the Padres managed a hit. Anthony Rizzo worked a walk off of Minnesota's Scott Baker, but those five were the only baserunners of the night. The Twins weren't much better, managing six hits and one walk, but Danny Valencia's homer was enough offense for the 1-0 Minnesota victory. San Diego's .637 OPS is the worst in baseball, as are its 238 runs.

Edinson Volquez, Reds: Maybe another trip to the minors in order. It wasn't just his stats on Saturday -- five innings pitched, seven hits, four runs, two walks and eight strikeouts -- it was everything else. He had two errors, including one that led to a run, and a balk. In his last outing, he pitched well, but two baserunning blunders hurt the Reds' chances of winning. With Homer Bailey getting ready to return from the disabled list, Volquez could find himself back in Louisville soon.

Florida Marlins: Here's just about everything you need to know about the Florida Marlins right now -- the South Florida Sun Sentinel runs a feature after every Marlins game called "Marlins highlights." The first item Saturday's 7-4 loss was "Marlins wives beat Rays wives in softball." Yep, that's the highlight as the Marlins lost their ninth in a row and have as many wins in the month of June as their wives.

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Cards place two relievers on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Brian TalletThe Cardinals bullpen got a makeover on Wednesday, as the team placed both Bryan Augenstein and Brian Tallet on the disabled list.

Both right-handers were injured in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Augenstein suffered a strained right groin. Tallet suffered a fracture in his right hand when he and Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew collided on a play at first base (right).

The Cardinals recalled right-handers Fernando Salas and Eduardo Sanchez to replenish the bullpen.

Salas, 25, had a 3.52 ERA in 27 appearances last season for the Cardinals and made three scoreless appearances for Triple-A Memphis. Sanchez, 22, has not played in the big leagues before and hasn't allowed a run over three innings and two appearances for Memphis this season. Last season he had a 2.38 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 53 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

Augenstein, 24, appeared in five games for the Cardinals, allowing six earned runs (seven total) and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He'd also walked three and struck out six.

Tallet, 33, appeared in five games this season, allowing one earned run (two total) and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three with four strikeouts. 

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Hamilton apologizes for remarks about coach

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh HamiltonAs has become the routine too often in sports, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton spoke on Tuesday and apologized on Wednesday.

You may remember Hamilton blamed Rangers third base coach Dave Anderson for his injury on Tuesday after trying to tag up on a foul ball to the third baseman.

On Tuesday, Hamilton said it was a stupid play and that he didn't want to go not he play, but "I listened to my coach and I went."

Wednesday, Hamilton had a closed-door meeting with Anderson.

"I appoligze to him for letting my emotions get out and getting ahead of myself and letting my emotions show through," Hamilton told reporters, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I could have taken a better route as far as cooling down before I spoke."

Hamilton added: "I see where I need to take responsibility for it. I appreciate Dave having confidence in my ability that I could make that play. I was just frustrated more for getting injured."

Earlier in the day, manager Ron Washington said he approved of the aggressive play, but didn't say much to reporters about what Hamilton said, standing by his coach.

"He's got a right to feel what he feels, but I'm certainly not going to blame David," Washington said (also from theStar-Telegram). "I think Josh has to live with what he said."

Anderson would not discuss the specifics, calling them moot. He did say he told Hamilton to be ready. He said he won't hesitate in the future because of the injury to last year's AL MVP.

"That's not going to happen," Anderson said. "Injuries are part of the game, but part of the game also is being aggressive. The issue is he got hurt. If he doesn't get hurt, we're not spending a lot of time talking about it."

Hamilton usually plays the game aggressively, as he showed the play before, sliding headfirst into third base on his triple. A player with Hamilton's speed has a good shot of beating Victor Martinez and Brad Penny -- could his concern about his own body and safety and ability to make had something to do with his inability to make it? Did he hesitate out of fear? I'm not saying he did, but I saw the play happening and thought it was a good, aggressive play that didn't work out in two important ways -- Hamilton was out on the play and now out for six to eight weeks. I'm not so sure at the time Anderson didn't make the right call. 

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:45 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Gibson comfortable with Stephen Drew at cleanup

By Evan Brunell

DrewStephen Drew has now been Arizona's cleanup hitter for four straight games. That may be rather odd for someone who has only cracked the 20-home run barrier just once and hasn't come particularly close in his other years.

However, the brother of J.D. is off to a fast start early on in 2011, hitting .381 with three doubles in 24 plate appearances after missing the start of the season due to a sore abdomen.

 

"He's a good hitter. He's one of our best hitters," manager Kirk Gibson told the Arizona Republic. "Look at his history against the good pitchers, against the late throwers, the hard throwers. He's as good as we've got."

The Diamondbacks are certainly a team in disrepair, but while Drew's new cleanup spot speaks more to the team than the player, Drew has long flown under the radar when in actuality, he's been a steady presence and has occasionally shown flashes of being something much more. Still just 28, Drew may finally be hitting his stride, even if he does so hitting in a position not normally reserved for people like him.

"He's not a prototypical Number 4 hitter, but I played with a guy a long time ago named Alan Trammell (now the Diamondbacks' bench coach), who was a shortstop and hit fourth," Gibbons recalled from his Tigers days. "He hit about .333 with over 100 RBIs and almost 30 home runs."

Drew, for his part, doesn't see much difference between the cleanup spot and his usual appearance in one of the first two slots in the lineup.

"The main thing is, you got guys on [base hitting cleanup]," he said. "I kind of like that aspect of it -- you got guys on, sometimes the game is on the line. It's a good feeling to have."

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:36 am
 

Pepper: Opening day eve a time for optimism



By Matt Snyder


It's palpable. The 2011 baseball season is finally (almost) upon us.

My favorite part about the beginning of the baseball season is how much of the unknown we're about to encounter. Go back to the predictions from last season from any professional publication, any team message board, anywhere. I challenge you to find one with the Giants against the Rangers in the World Series. Roy Halladay for Cy Young -- OK, nearly everyone had that one. So, yeah, there might be some things we know are going to happen. Still, not many had the Reds in the NL Central last year. I bet the same percentage of people who picked this season's NCAA basketball Final Four correctly had the Padres winning 90 games last season. Josh Hamilton for AL MVP? C'mon. The examples are seemingly endless.

So, yes, there are going to be many predictions heading into the season. It's fun to do them, in fact, it's one of my favorite things to do. That doesn't mean anyone knows what's going to happen, otherwise it would be pretty boring to actually watch the thing unfold.

So let loose with the fearless predictions. Are you a Nationals fan that who thinks your team is taking down the Phillies this year? Sing it, sister! No one can tell you you're wrong right now. Nothing has happened yet and it's a time for optimism.

Remember, as our friend Andy Dufresne once tried to teach his good buddy Red, hope is not a dangerous thing -- it's a good thing.

MADDON'S WINE LINEUP: Joe Maddon is awesome. This should be accepted as fact. In the latest example, Maddon sets a batting order of his favorite wines. (TBO.com )

ETHIER UNSURE? This was a bit puzzling to come out just a few days before the season started, but it could very well be much ado about nothing. All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier said he wasn't sure about his future with the Dodgers after this season. "You don't know if this is your last [year] or not, but you want to enjoy it to its fullest extent and make the most out of it." (LA Times ) What's weird about this is Ethier isn't a free agent until after 2012. It doesn't seem he's a likely trade candidate, as he's a young member of the team's nucleus. So you could dig deep and think he knows something ... or you could take this for what it probably was -- a guy just talking about every possibility as he heads into an uncertain season. Let's not make a mountain out of a molehill here.

DISGRUNTLED DODGER FAN:
Here's a beauty. A fan of the Dodgers had been attending games for 23 years and was a season ticket holder for the past eight. He declined to renew his season tickets for 2011 and when offered lunch with owner Frank McCourt -- likely to try and smooth things over -- the fan refused. "My friends all asked me if I was crazy," Brian Gadinsky said. "I told them, no, I am just tired. … I am tired of being loyal to a man who has not returned that loyalty." Gadinsky later said he hopes the Dodgers go 162-0 but he "can no longer support a man who has taken this great foundation and allowed it to rot." Awesome. (LA Times )

BITTERSWEET DAY FOR PEAVY: Jake Peavy had a good day Tuesday, though he was feeling down about things. "It was a tough day, but a motivating day as well," he said (Chicago Sun-Times ). Peavy would be speaking about seeing his team break camp without him, as well as his simulated game against White Sox hitters going well. He threw 45 pitches, retiring all 13 hitters he faced -- including Carlos Quentin four times. But since he's still building his way back from tendinitis in his rotator cuff, he's staying behind as the White Sox head north for the season. If everything goes as planned, Peavy will make a second rehab stint April 13 and could join his teammates at the big-league level after that.

DOWN GOES HAPP: Astros starting pitcher J.A. Happ went down with the seemingly trendy oblique injury. As we've seen with Brian Wilson and a few others this spring, this is an injury that takes several weeks to overcome, though Happ is still "optimistic" he can be ready for his first start. He must have read my intro above. (Ultimate Astros )

IZZY CONTEMPLATES RETIREMENT? The Mets have chosen Blaine Boyer as their final bullpen arm to enter the season, which meant veteran Jason Isringhausen was designated for assignment. Though Izzy did only allow one run in seven spring innings, the Mets are concerned about his durability -- and who can blame them, with his three Tommy John surgeries and age (38). Manager Terry Collins is reportedly trying to convince Isringhausen to stay with the team, though he may retire to spend more time with his family. Also, give credit to general manager Sandy Alderson, who reportedly "promised" Isringhausen the Mets would release him if another team wanted to sign him. (New York Times baseball blog)

OGANDO READY: We found out earlier in the week Alexi Ogando would take the rotation spot vacated by Tommy Hunter. Tuesday, he had a nice outing to prepare for the transition. He worked six innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking four and striking out five. He faced Coastal Carolina, but the main thing was showing he could throw six innings and he appears ready to take the temporary plunge into the rotation. (Star-Telegram )

JURRJENS PROGRESSING:
Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens left his start last Thursday with "discomfort" in his ribcage (oblique muscle, anyone?) and hasn't thrown off a mound since. He did play catch in the outfield Tuesday, so that's something. "He's progressing well. We're just not there yet," general manager Frank Wren said. "We're not pushing it, because we don't want to set him back." The only thing the Braves have revealed on the next step is that Jurrjens will throw a side session "soon."  Fortunately the Braves have four other very capable starters in Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson and Brandon Beachy. They could even dip into the minors and grab Mike Minor if Jurrjens is out for an extended amount of time. (MLB.com )

DREW DAY-TO-DAY: Stephen Drew had an MRI on his stomach Tuesday and was diagnosed with a strained abdomen. He's listed as day-to-day and might miss opening day, but he is not going to be placed on the disabled list. This is where we remind everyone that missing opening day is not a huge deal. It's 0.6 percent of the season. (MLB.com )

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:36 am
 

Possible Mets-Diamondbacks blockbuster?

Carlos Beltran
A report from a Puerto Rican newspaper says the Mets and Diamondbacks are considering a monster trade. It seems like a pretty unlikely scenario, but hey, the word "rumors" is right in the title of this blog, so it's our duty to report it.

According to El Nuevo Dia (link in Spanish), Puerto Rico's biggest paper, the deal would have the Mets sending outfielder Carlos Beltran, shortstop Jose Reyes and top pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia to Arizona in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton and shortstop Stephen Drew.

I'm not sure this has any legs, at least unless there's a lot more to the details, because Mets general manager Sandy Alderson would have jumped all over it. Upton is signed for five more years at a reasonable price and Drew is under club control for two more years. And the Mets would be dumping $18.5 million in salary for Beltran and $11 million for Reyes, with both due to be free agents after next season.

The only way this would presumably work would be for the Mets to send a boatload of money to the Diamondbacks in the deal, but even so, I don't know why Kevin Towers would do it. He's supposedly been asking for a huge package of players for Upton alone, so it doesn't make sense that he'd move both of his best young players for Mejia and two expiring contracts.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 1:55 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 11:05 am
 

R.I.P. Cardinals: Zzzzzz

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The St. Louis Cardinals.

The highlight of the season was a fight and a three-game sweep over the Reds in early August. After that, the team seemed to think that one-game lead they left Cincinnati with was enough for the rest of the season. That, for the record, was not a sound strategy.

WHAT WENT WRONG

The Cardinals seemed to sleep through much of the season, waking up only when the Reds' Brandon Phillips called them out, but quickly falling back asleep as soon as they left Cincinnati.

St. Louis was 27-33 against the dregs of the NL Central -- and there are plenty of those. The Cardinals won 12 of their 18 games against the division-champion Reds, and the only other team in the division St. Louis had a winning record against was the Pirates.

Oh, and then there was Felipe Lopez, but who didn't see that one coming?

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Jaime Garcia Jaime Garcia was a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate and behind Wainwright and Carpenter was a legitimate No. 3, making one of the best front three of a rotation in baseball.

The team may have also found a decent third baseman in rookie David Freese. Freese hit .296/.361/..404 in 70 games, but then an ankle injury ended his season in June. The team also liked what it saw from John Jay, who hit .300/.359/.422 in 105 games in the outfield.

HELP ON THE WAY

Eh… well, not really. Shelby Miller is a great talent, but he's not ready for 2011. He'll be 20 at the beginning of next season and as good as he was in the Midwest League, that's still the Midwest League. Beyond Miller, the Cardinals' system is hardly the envy of any other big league organization.

EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

In St. Louis, the expectations are always the same, win the division, sell out the joint and hopefully get to the World Series. With a payroll rising above the $100 million mark, expectations certainly aren't going to be tempered.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

Tony La Russa It's unlikely to happen now, but maybe Tony La Russa's voice is being ignored in that clubhouse and the team could use a new voice. La Russa has run his course there. The team offered him another extension, but La Russa can always turn it down and stay at home, or find another job where he doesn't have to talk to the media every day. He's got that law degree to fall back on, after all.

It makes little sense to jettison Colby Rasmus, who is under team control for quite a while, just to satisfy La Russa, who won't be in St. Louis as long as Rasmus.

That said, if the Cardinals could trade Rasmus to Arizona for Stephen Drew and Kelly Johnson, it'd shore up the Cardinals' middle infield in the short term, but wouldn't be good for a long-term investment, especially with payroll continuing to raise. Johnson is a free agent after next season and Drew is a second-year arbitration-eligible player, represented by Scott Boras. Despite the immediate improvement, it's not a sound long-term strategy.

Oh, and it might be a good idea to pick up the $16 million option on Albert Pujols. That guy is pretty good.

2011 PREDICTION

It looks a lot like 2010, if the stars and role players stay healthy, the Cardinals can win the relatively weak NL Central. If one of the main four goes down, the team will finish second, just behind the division winner. With Pujols, Matt Holliday, Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals can cruise to contention in the division, but we'll see if they can get back over the hump.

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-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:42 am
 

Lincecum catches his tip

Tim Lincecum Could Tim Lincecum's struggles this season been as simple as him tipping his pitches?

Remember that game last month against the Diamondbacks when it appeared Stephen Drew was relaying signs to Adam LaRoche? (Here's the video from MLB.com -- be careful, there's a loud ad at the beginning.)

According to author Jason Turbow , the Giants coaching staff had Lincecum alter his delivery.

"I moved my hands closer to my body to make it hard for them to see [the grip]," Lincecum told Turbow. "The pitching coach, somebody notices it. … When things like that happen and someone can see it right off the bat, and it's so blatant like that, you have no choice but to do something about it."

Lincecum said he hasn't had an issue with tipping his pitches before. And he also doesn't have an issue with the Diamondbacks -- or other teams -- taking advantage of his mistakes.

"If you can get a team's signs, and you have them, why not take advantage?" Lincecum said. "It's smart on their part. Baseball is a game of adjustments, and I had to make some."

Lincecum earned his first victory since July in his next start, Wednesday against the Rockies, when he allowed just one run on five hits in eight innings, striking out nine and walking one. Lincecum faces the Diamondbacks again on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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